Rattlestick Season Will Include Six World Premieres, Including One By and Starring Jesse Eisenberg

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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater announced June 2 its roster of plays for 2011-12, the award-winning company's 17th season.

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The all-world-premiere season will feature new works by Dan Klores, Dael Orlandersmith, Daniel Talbott, José Rivera and David Adjmi as well as a play written by Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network").

The season will begin with a world premiere by Dan Klores, which is tentatively titled The Wood. Directed by David Bar Katz, performances are scheduled to begin Aug. 31 with an official opening Sept. 8. The play, according to press notes, concerns "Mike McAlary, the larger than life columnist for the Daily News and the New York Post, and his missionary zeal to ferret out the truth."

Jesse Eisenberg’s Asuncion will be presented off-site at The Cherry Lane Theatre with performances beginning Oct. 12. In the new work from the actor-playwright, "Edgar and Vinny are not racist. In fact, Edgar maintains a blog condemning American imperialism and Vinny is three-quarters into a PhD in Black Studies.  When a young Filipina woman named Asuncion becomes their new roommate, the pair have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how open minded they truly are."  Kip Fagan will direct a cast that includes Eisenberg.

Horsedreams, by Obie Award-winning actress, poet and playwright Dael Orlandersmith, "explores the breakdown of the family unit as a result of addiction.  After his wife, Desiree, dies of an accidental overdose, Loman faces the harsh reality of raising their son, Luka, alone." Directed by Gordon Edelstein, performances will begin Nov. 9 with an official opening Nov. 17. 

Daniel Talbott’s Yosemite, which will be directed by Pedro Pascal, "tells the story of three siblings who are sent out into the snow-silent woods in the Sierra Nevada foothills to dig a hole that will be deep enough to bury a family secret. As they dig, they search for a way to escape or be rescued from their lives as the snow continues to fall and the world sinks in around them." The new work will begin Jan. 18, 2012. Massacre (Sing to the Children) by Obie Award winner and Academy Award nominee José Rivera is set to begin performances April 3 with opening night set for April 12. Brian Mertes will direct the production, which is set in a small New Hampshire town and concerns seven friends who "conspire to murder their mysterious neighbor Joe. On the night of the killing, as they confront the many meanings of their crime and finally relax and laugh and love again…there’s a knock on their door."

The season will conclude with David Adjmi’s 3C, directed by Jackson Gay. The production, which is being presented in association with Piece by Piece Productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory, will begin performances June 6 prior to a June 14 opening. The play, according to Rattlestick, is described as such "The war in Vietnam is over and Brad, an ex-serviceman, lands in L.A. to start a new life.  When he winds up trashed in Connie and Linda’s kitchen after a wild night of partying, the three strike a deal for an arrangement that has hilarious and devastating consequences for everyone. Or are they non-consequences?  Inspired by 1970s sitcoms, 1950s existentialist comedy, Chekhov and disco anthems, 3C is a terrifying, yet amusing, look at a culture that likes to amuse itself, even as it teeters on the brink of ruin."

Memberships are available by calling TicketCentral at (212) 279-4200 or online at www.ticketcentral.com. To learn about the many benefits of membership, as well as how to purchase individual tickets, call the theatre at (212) 627-2556. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place (off Seventh Avenue South – between West 11th & Perry Streets).

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