Boyd, Burke and Sparks to Star in Rapp's Sligo for Rattlestick; Season Announced

News   Boyd, Burke and Sparks to Star in Rapp's Sligo for Rattlestick; Season Announced has learned that the 13th season at Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will be its first to include four shows. The new season will kick off with the world premiere of Adam Rapp's American Sligo Sept. 12 with an official opening Sept. 24.
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Directed by playwright Rapp, the limited engagement will run through Oct. 14. The cast will feature Guy Boyd, Mary Louise Burke, Michael Chernis, Emily McDonald, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Paul Sparks and Matthew Stadelmann. "Art 'Crazy Train' Sligo," press notes read, "[an] all-star wrestling legend, is about to retire. His two sons, his sister-in-law, his greatest fan, and a few unexpected guests gather on the eve of his final match for his last supper, but things just can't seem to stop going wrong in the Sligo home."

Sam Gold will direct the second offering of the season, Noah Haidle's Rag and Bone. Previews will begin Nov. 13 toward a Nov. 20 opening, and the run will end Dec. 16. Rag and Bone centers on Jeff and George, who are "mourning the death of their mother [while struggling] to make ends meet at the family ladder store, which George also utilizes as a front for the black market sale of human hearts, hearts bought and sold for people who either feel nothing or too damn much!"

Lars Norén's War will begin the New Year with previews scheduled to begin Jan. 29, 2008. Also directed by the playwright, the production will open Feb. 11 and run through March 2. War is described as such: "It is a year of ethnic cleansing. A mother and her two daughters, their father missing and presumed dead, think only of survival. When the father returns unexpectedly, they must confront a world gone completely wrong. Through this simple family tale, Norén creates a powerful human statement that becomes, through the use of multiple casts, a history of genocide in our century."

The Rattlestick season will conclude with David Grimm's Steve and Idi, which runs April-May 2008. "Steve's life is spinning out of control," press notes state. "His work is going nowhere, his lover dumps him, his friendships are strained and, as if that's not enough, the ghost of General Idi Amin, the Ugandan dictator, bursts through his window with a very strange demand." A director will be named at a later date.

David Van Asselt is the artistic director of Rattlestick, Sandra Coudert is managing director, and Lou Mereno is associate artistic director. The theatre was awarded the Ross Wetzsteon Memorial Obie Award earlier this year. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place off Seventh Avenue South. Tickets are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting For more information log on to

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