Rattlestick Season Will Include Plays by Jesse Eisenberg, Adam Rapp, Jon Fosse, Ken Urban, Mando Alvarado, Jessica Dickey
By Andrew Gans
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's 2012-13 season will feature five world premieres and one American premiere.
Audiences can expect to enjoy works by playwrights Jesse Eisenberg, Adam Rapp, Jon Fosse, Ken Urban, Mando Alvarado and Jessica Dickey at both Rattlestick's existing home on Waverly Place as well as its additional new home—the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Details of the season, according to the theatre company's official website, follow:
Through the Yellow Hour
"The United States has been attacked. Men are being castrated, women enumerated. Ellen has been in hiding for 52 days, subsisting on very little, hoping against hope for her husband to return. As the world around her falls further into senseless chaos, she takes an unlikely action, one that just might signal a new beginning."
A Summer Day
"A visit to an old friend sparks the memory of a visit years earlier and the mysterious disappearance of a loved one. Set in two time periods in the same idyllic house overlooking a fjord, A Summer Day evokes the nostalgia of the end of an affair, capturing love both in the moment and as a distant memory. Acclaimed Norwegian writer Jon Fosse, widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest living playwrights, receives his American premiere with this deep meditation on the nature of loss."
"A fledgling science fiction writer suffering from writer’s block travels to Poland to stay with his 73-year-old second cousin, a Holocaust survivor obsessed with her distant American family. While David hopes the change of scenery will spur a creative reawakening, lonely Maria assumes he’s visiting primarily to connect with her. As their bond develops and peaks, Maria reveals a deep secret about her post-war past that ruptures their relationship and teaches them both something new about what it means to be family."
"A grieving husband hires a dying woman to deliver a message to his recently deceased wife in the afterlife. When he receives letters signed by his wife, describing events that only she could know, he’s faced with determining if the correspondence is from a con artist or actually from a ghost."
"In South Texas, two things loom large—the Catholic Church and Texas pride—and Joe Garza, a strong, hard-working man, embodies one more than the other. But when he learns that Gilbert Gonzalez has returned as the new pastor at the basilica, Joe’s confronted with the choices he made in life and questions the past the only way he knows how—with anger, pride, and a biting tongue."
Charles Ives Take Me Home
"When a father’s love of music clashes with his daughter’s passion for basketball, modernist composer Charles Ives is the perfect referee. Charles Ives Take Me Home is a comedic and poignant story of dissonance, defense, and devotion."
Also on the Rattlestick stage next season will be The Amoralists production of the world premiere of Collision, written by Lyle Kessler and directed by Terry Kinney, which is described as such: "In a college dormitory somewhere in the heart of America, three students, a professor, and a stranger collide in this dark comedy of emotions on the edge of the abyss."
Memberships for Rattlestick’s 2012-13 season are now on sale and can be purchased online or by phoning the (212) 627-2556. For more information visit www.rattlestick.org.
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