The Revisionist, With Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave, Gets Second Off-Broadway Extension; Broadway a Possibility
20 Mar 2013
Jesse Eisenberg in The Revisionist.
Photo by Sandra Coudert
The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has again extended its world premiere of Jesse Eisenberg's new play The Revisionist, in which the playwright co-stars with Academy Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave.
Performances of the drama will now continue through April 27 past its original closing date of March 31. It opened Off-Broadway Feb. 28.
The New York Times also reports that Rattlestick artistic director David Van Asselt has been 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.
Kip Fagan directs the production. 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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.