The Revisionist, Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave, Opens Off-Broadway

By Adam Hetrick
and Kenneth Jones
February 28, 2013

Academy and Tony Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg co-star in the Rattlestick Plawrights Theater world premiere of The Revisionist, Eisenberg's new play about an antsy young novelist seeking refuge at a distant relative's flat in Poland, opening Off-Broadway Feb. 28 following previews from Feb. 15 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.



In addition to Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy, The Year of Magical Thinking, Long Day's Journey Into Night) and Eisenberg ("The Social Network"), the cast features Daniel Oreskes (The Twenty-Seventh Man, Russian Transport) as a Polish taxi driver in the life of the secret-keeping Maria (played by Redgrave). Maria is the second cousin of Eisenberg's American character. 

Kip Fagan directs the production that runs through March 31. Last season Eisenberg starred in his play Asuncion for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, also at Cherry Lane.

According to the Rattlestick, "In The Revisionist David (Eisenberg) arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer's block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria (Redgrave) welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that tests their ideas of what it means to be a family."

Read the recent Playbill magazine feature about Eisenberg and his new play.

The Revisionist has scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Bart Fasbender and property design by Andrew Diaz.

For tickets phone (866) 811-4111 or visit rattlestick.org or therevisionistplay.com. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 80 Commerce Street.