The Revisionist, With Jesse Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave, Gets Second Off-Broadway Extension; Broadway a Possibility

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20 Mar 2013

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

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.

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