Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Todays Date: 06/26/22
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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is a multi-award-winning company which has produced over forty-six world premieres in the past fifteen seasons and was the recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award for its work developing new and innovative work. Rattlestick’s Advisory Board participates in The Emerging Playwrights Project, which matches a new playwright with an established artist for an experienced eye and creative support. Playwright and artist mentors have included Edward Albee, Jon Robin Baitz, Zoe Caldwell, Arthur Kopit, Craig Lucas, Joe Mantello, Terrence McNally and Marsha Norman. Previous plays include Two Boys in a Bed, Message to Michael, Carpool, Volunteer Man, A Trip to the Beach, Ascendancy, Stuck, Vick’s Boy, The Messenger, Saved or Destroyed, Neil’s Garden, My Special Friend, Faster, Bliss, St. Crispin’s Day, Where We’re Born, Five Flights, Boise, Finer Noble Gases, God Hates The Irish: The Ballad of Armless Johnny, Miss Julie, Acts of Mercy: passion-play, Cagelove, It Goes Without Saying, Dark Matters, Stay, American Sligo, Rag and Bone, War, Geometry of Fire, That Pretty Pretty; or The Rape Play, The Amish Project, Killers and Other Family, Post No Bills, Blind, the Off-Broadway GLAAD Award-nominated hit The Last Sunday in June, Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Drama Desk nominee - Outstanding Play of 2005) and Lady (Drama Desk nominee – Outstanding Play of 2008), as well as The Aliens by Annie Baker (2010 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play).

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Geometry of Fire  | Open: 11/15/08 Close: 12/14/08
In Geometry of Fire, Belber's newest work, we find an investment banker-turned-Marine-sniper recently returned from Iraq and a Saudi-American who just wants to get laid. In any other world, these two guys would be best friends. But when their lives collide in this one, each is forced to survive on the fly. Based on a true story. Geometry of Fire had a developmental production at New York Stage & Film in July 2007.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (David Van Asselt, Artistic Director and Sandra Coudert, Managing Director) continues its 14th anniversary season with the World Premiere of Geometry of Fire, a new drama by Stephen Belber, directed by Lucie Tiberghien (The Pavilion). Mr. Belber is currently represented in New York by the acclaimed Naked Angels production of Fault Lines at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

The cast of Geometry of Fire includes Jeffrey DeMunn, Donnie Keshawarz, Jennifer Mudge, and Kevin O'Donnell.

Little Doc  | Open: 06/11/10 Close: 07/18/10
Dan Klores, whose searing and deeply felt documentaries have become modern classics, once again weaves a New York tale in this very personal new work, infused with equal parts humor and heartbreak.  Set in 1970’s Brooklyn, in the living room of a one-bedroom apartment under the “el” and above a tiny neighborhood bar, Little Doc centers on four childhood friends who find themselves in a life-threatening situation that challenges the validity of the virtues they've adopted from a sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll culture. 

The cast of seven features Adam Driver, Salvatore Inzerillo, Steven Marcus, Tobias Segal, Billy Tangradi, Dave Tawil, and Joanne Tucker.

Opening the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's 16th Season, performances of the world premiere of Little Doc will begin Friday, June 11 at Rattlestick Theatre.  The official opening night is set for Thursday, June 17.

Rag and Bone  | Open: 11/14/07 Close: 12/16/07
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (David Van Asselt, Artistic Director, and Sandra Coudert, Managing Director) continues its 13th anniversary season with the New York premiere of Rag and Bone, a play by Noah Haidle (Mr. Marmalade, Kitty Kitty Kitty). In Mr. Haidle's play, Jeff and George, mourning the death of their mother, struggle to make ends meet at the family ladder store, which George also utilizes as a front for the black market sale of human hearts. This heartfelt comedy, about the limits of feeling and the consequences of feeling little or too damn much, had its World Premiere at The Long Wharf Theater in 2005.

The cast of Rag and Bone includes Michael Chernus (American Sligo, Essential Self Defense), Kevin Jackson (Topdog/Underdog, Fences), Deidre O'Connell (Fugue, Stone Cold Dead Serious), Matthew Stadelmann (American Sligo, Stone Cold Dead Serious), Henry Stram (Inherit the Wind, The Crucible), Audrey Lynn Weston (Rearviewmirror, Work) and David Wohl (Fiddler on the Roof, Dinner at Eight).
That Pretty, Pretty or The Rape Play  | Open: 02/10/09 Close: 03/15/09
A violently funny and disturbing excavation of the dirty corners of our imaginations. A pair of radical feminist ex-strippers scour the country on a murderous rampage against right-wing pro-lifers, blogging about their exploits in gruesome detail. Meanwhile, a scruffy screenwriter named Owen tries to bang out his magnum opus in a hotel room as his best friend Rodney ("The Rod") pontificates on rape and other manly enterprises. When Owen decides to incorporate the strippers into his screenplay, the boundaries of reality begin to blur, and only a visit from Jane Fonda can help keep worlds from blowing apart.

 The cast of That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play includes: Joseph Gomez (NY stage debut), Lisa Joyce (Red Light Winter, Blackbird, U.S. Drag), Greg Keller (Steve & Idi, The Seagull - BAM), Annie McNamara (God's Ear) and Danielle Slavick (NYC stage debut).