Rattlestick Readies Rapp's World Premiere of American Sligo; Designers Set

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Designers have been announced for the world premiere of Adam Rapp's American Sligo, the season opener for Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Rapp (Red Light Winter) will direct his own work, which begins Sept. 12 toward a Sept. 24 opening. The limited engagement will run through Oct. 14.

As previously reported by Playbill.com, the cast of American Sligo will feature Rapp vets Guy Boyd (Stone Cold Dead Serious), Michael Chernis (Essential Self-Defense), Emily Cass McDonnell (Christopher Denham's Cagelove), Paul Sparks (Essential Self-Defense) and Matthew Stadelmann (Stone Cold Dead Serious) along with Marylouise Burke (Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo) and Megan Mostyn-Brown (The Secret Lives of Losers playwright).

In American Sligo, "Art 'Crazy Train' Sligo (Slee-go), all-star wrestling legend, is about to retire," according to show notes.  "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."

The design team features John McDermott (sets), Ben Stanton (lights), Daphne Javitch (costumes) and Eric Shim (sound).  Dominic D’Andrea serves as assistant director with Jess Johnston as production stage manager.

Rapp made his Off-Broadway directorial debut with his own Red Light Winter (a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and also staged Christopher Denham's cagelove at Rattlestick. As a playwright, he has penned the plays Nocturne, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Finer Noble Gases, Blackbird, Essential Self-Defense, Gompers, Trueblinka and Faster. The new season at Rattlestick continues with Noah Haidle's Rag and Bone (Nov. 13-Dec. 16), Lars Norén's War (Jan. 29-March 2, 2008) and David Grimm's Steve and Idi (April-May 2008).

Tickets for American Sligo at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place (off Seventh Ave.) are available by calling (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit rattlestick.org.

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