Adam Rapp’s Through the Yellow Hour concluded its first production run Saturday night, November 10th on the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater mainstage. That’s right, our post-apocalyptic play beat out Hurricane Sandy’s own destructive nightmare just in time for its final few performances. After a great run, Hani Furstenberg, Brian Mendes, Matt Pilieci, Danielle Slavick, Alok Tewari, Joanne Tucker, and Vladimir Versailles all took their final bows.
What an awesome run with some great milestones. Not only did we stamp thousands of necks, but Through the Yellow Hour now has the distinction of clinching playwright and director Adam Rapp’s 2012 PEN Literary Award, which is given to a playwright in mid-career “whose literary achievements are vividly apparent in the rich and striking language of his or her body of work.” In addition, critics called the work, “Sensational!” (Time Out NY), “Exhilirating” (Backstage) and even “Genuinely scary” (Ben Brantley, NY Times).
In addition to our wonderful playwright and cast, we are incredibly thankful for our fantastic technical and design team, including Production Stage Manager Mike Denis, Assistant Stage Manager Lori Singleton, Scenic Designer Andromache Chalfant, Costume Designer Jessica Pabst, Lighting Designer Keith Parham, Sound Designer Christian Frederickson, and Props Designer Andrew Diaz. Critics raved about the outstanding design elements and the horrifying effects.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater prides itself on bringing new and challenging material to the West Village in Manhattan. We like our season to be as provoking as much as it is accessible to audiences. To that end, we believe Through the Yellow Hour was an incredible success indicative of good things to come for the rest of our 2012-2013 season. And it’s all thanks to everyone’s dedicated work and talents.