New Voices/New Works SUMMER READINGS

Posted by Rattlestick Category: 23rd Season

Presented with Rosalind Productions

Antonio's Song on Thursday, June 8 at 5pm
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A solo piece exploring a man’s journey to be a better father. An examination of the sins of his mother and father, race, class, education, pride, masculinity and forgiveness. An investigation of who he is and where he comes from.

Antonio Edwards Suarez has appeared on Broadway in David Mamet’s American Buffalo, directed by Robert Falls, which starred John Leguizamo, Cedric the Entertainer, and Haley Joel Osment; and John Guare’s Chaucer in Rome, which starred Carrie Preston, Dick Latessa, and Polly Holiday.

Dael Orlandersmith’s play Horsedreams was developed at New Dramatists and workshopped at New York Stage and Film Company in 2008, and was performed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2011. Orlandersmith's 2002 Pulitzer Prize nominated play Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at McCarter Theatre in a co-production with The Wilma Theater and Long Wharf Theatre. Orlandersmith was also a Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actress in a Play for Yellowman.

Directed by May Adrales

Neighborhood Watch on Tuesday, June 20 at 2pm
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Neighborhood Watch takes place in the year between Kevin Rudd’s election as Australian Prime Minister and Barack Obama’s as US President. Everything was changing in the Western World and for a brief time anything seemed possible. Ana is a battle hardened Hungarian immigrant veteran of the twentieth century. Catherine is her neighbor: twenty-something and waiting for a better world. Can their unlikely friendship outlive the colossal forces of history, the inevitability of death, and a trip to the mall to see Mamma Mia? Neighborhood Watch is a glorious comedy about hope, death and pets. It’s a classic odd-couple story: opposites attract, and from each other they gain a new understanding. But as the domestic crises accumulate, Neighborhood Watch takes on a sense of enormity in the midst of the ordinary.

Lally Katz is one of Australia’s most produced playwrights and she writes for film and television. Lally has received many awards and nominations for her work. Neighborhood Watch was nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best New Australian Work and Best Mainstage Production. The play was also nominated for an AWGIE, a Helpmann Award and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. A Golem Story and Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd both won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and Return to Earth was nominated for a NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

Directed by Oliver Butler

Lewiston on Wednesday, June 28 at 3pm
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Clarkston on Wednesday, June 28 at 7pm
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At a failing fireworks stand in Lewiston, Idaho, and across the river at a Costco in Clarkston, Washington, two modern day descendants of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark struggle to find a way forward in a world where there's nothing left to discover.

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, Pocatello, Lewiston, Clarkston, and most recently, The Healing and The Harvest. He is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2008 PONY/Lark Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho. His plays have been produced around the country at such theaters as Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theatre, Seattle Rep, The Denver Center, South Coast Rep, Williamstown, Victory Gardens, Dallas Theater Center, the Old Globe, and elsewhere. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

Directed by Davis McCallum

Rosalind Productions Inc. is currently represented on Broadway with the new musical War Paint, starring Patti Lupone as Helena Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden, the two business titans who started the beauty industry in America.  Past Broadway shows include If/Then and The Miracle Worker. Off-Broadway we produced the New York Premiere of The Last Seder, the New York Premiere of A Splintered Soul and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo. In Los Angeles, we produced Misalliance, Proof, As You Like It and the World Premiere of Stages. Our mission is to explore stories in which the female characters are as vital, complex and influential as the male characters. We endeavor to engage, move and inspire audiences by allowing them to experience and empathize with each character’s desires, vulnerabilities and range of masculine and feminine traits. Our hope is that our audiences will take with them a sense of recognition and a better understanding of their own humanity. Our team includes Founder and Executive Producer Abigail Rose Solomon, Literary Manager Katherine Burns and Social Media Manager Emma Tattenbaum-Fine.