The Darkly Comic Hamlet in Bed to Kick Off New Rattlestick Season

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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced its 2015-16 season, including new plays by Michael Laurence, Martyna Majok and William Francis Hoffman. Kicking off the new slate Off-Broadway will be Laurence's Hamlet in Bed, billed as a "twisty and darkly comic story" about an actor obsessed with two things: finding his real mother and playing the title character in Hamlet.

The world premiere of Hamlet in Bed, directed by Lisa Patterson, will begin performances Aug. 28, running through Oct. 25. The story follows Michael, a neurotic actor and adoptee, desperate to meet his real mother. He tracks down a woman who may just be her, and lures her into a dark production of Hamlet, playing the role of his mother. The play is billed as a "twisty and darkly comic story about mothers and sons — about what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago, and now." The 21st season will also include the New York premiere of Ironbound by Majok, in a co-production with Women's Project Theater, directed by Daniella Topol. Set in a bus stop in a run-down Jersey town, the play is a portrait of an immigrant cleaning woman over the course of three relationships, three presidencies, spanning 22 years. Performances will begin March 2, 2016, and continue through April 10.

Concluding the slate is Cal in Camo by Hoffman, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt and to be produced next spring. The co-production with Colt Coeur is about a woman's attempt to understand her fear of motherhood by summoning her long-lost past.

For more information on Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and to purchase memberships, visit Rattlestick or phone OvationTix on (866) 811-4111. Rattlestick Playwrights is located at 224 Waverly Place, Manhattan. 

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