Melville's ambiguous tale tells of Standard, a Wall Street attorney who hires a thin, pale, emotionless young man named Bartleby to be his new scrivener, copying over various legal documents. Standard soon finds out that Bartleby, in his impassive, despondent way, does not follow the standard rules of social behavior others abide to—a reality exemplified by Bartleby's calm response "I would prefer not to" to an increasing number of requests and demands. Bamman, a seasoned Off-Broadway actor (Mrs. Farnsworth), will play Standard, and Marco Quaglia is Bartleby. Also in the cast are Jeff Burchfield, Sterling Coyne, Hunter Gilmore, Robert Grossman, Christian Haines, and Brian Linden.
The scenic design and lighting design will be by Harry Feiner, the costume design by David Ballard, and the sound design by David Lawson.
Alessandro Fabrizi directs the run, which will officially open at the Blue Heron Arts Center, 123 East 24th Street, on Nov. 6.
The play was first produced in the late 90s by the Red Shift Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe, and later in London at the Pleasance Theatre. Last year the Red Shift revived the play for a UK tour.
Melville's story was made into a film in 2001. Crispin Glover starred as the unnerving Bartleby. David Paymer was his boss.