The Revisionist, With Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave, Ends Off-Broadway Run April 27

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27 Apr 2013

Jesse Eisenberg in <i>The Revisionist.</i>
Jesse Eisenberg in The Revisionist.
Sandra Coudert

The world premiere of Jesse Eisenberg's new play The Revisionist, in which the playwright co-stars with Academy Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, ends its extended Off-Broadway run April 27 at the Cherry Lane Theatre

Kip Fagan directs the production that officially opened Off-Broadway Feb. 28. Last season, Eisenberg starred in his play Asuncion for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, also at Cherry Lane.

The New York Times previously reported that Rattlestick artistic director David Van Asselt was in early discussions with producers to transfer the intimate production to Broadway depending on the availability of its two name stars and a suitable Broadway venue.

No further announcements have been made on the future of the production. 

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. 



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.

Visit rattlestick.org or therevisionistplay.com. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 80 Commerce Street.