Michael Urie Will Star in Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar for Rattlestick
By Kenneth Jones
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will present the world premiere of Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie as a struggling Los Angeles actor working for a superstar, starting March 20 in Manhattan.
Stephen Brackett will direct the solo-actor play, which is billed this way: "Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs."
Tolins is perhaps best known as the playwright of The Twilight of the Golds (Broadway), If Memory Serves (Promenade Theater), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick and Century Center) and Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages). He co-wrote the films "The Twilight of the Golds" and "Martian Child." He was a consulting producer on the recent CBS comedy "Partners" and was a co-producer on the first season of "Queer As Folk" on Showtime.
Performances will play Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South. Opening night is April 3.
Buyer & Cellar is scheduled to run through May 4.
Urie's New York Theatre credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Theatre World Awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull) and Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). He is widely known for TV's "Partners" and as Marc St James on "Ugly Betty."
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater — growing in reputation as one of New York's major platforms for American playwrights — is run by artistic director David Van Asselt and managing director Brian Long.
Rattlestick is currently presenting the world premiere of Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist, directed by Kip Fagan, and starring Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opening Feb. 28.
Buyer & Cellar will play Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 3 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets are $55 for regular seating, $15 for patrons under 30, and $10 for students, and are available by phoning OvationTix at (866) 811-4111 or by visiting rattlestick.org.
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