Playwrights E-Blast

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s 19th season features world premieres by Lucy Thurber, Charles Fuller, Halley Feiffer, Ken Urban, Craig Lucas, and Samuel D. Hunter.

We are excited to launch the inaugural Theater:Village as the first part of our 19th season. This festival will become an annual theatrical event of five plays centered around one playwright or theme running simultaneously in five different West Village venues.

  • Membership packages are available for Theater: Village (The Hill Town Plays by Lucy Thurber) AND/OR the Rattlestick 2013-2014 season (featuring new plays by Halley Feiffer, Charles Fuller, Samuel D. Hunter, Craig Lucas, and Ken Urban).

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The Rattlestick 2013-14 Season opens with:
Theater: Village, the inaugural West Village Theater Festival

The Hill Town Plays by Lucy Thurber 
August 14-September 28  

Where we come from will always be a part of us, even (or perhaps especially) when that past is something we need to escape.  We all come with these stories we have created, narratives we construct as a means of survival. Often they keep us from allowing others to know us, or to touch the parts of ourselves we kept secret in order to remain whole. The Hill Town Plays examine how, if we want our future to be determined by who we choose to be, we have to have the courage to change those stories.

Lucy Thurber is the author of twelve plays: Where We’re Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of The World, Monstrosity, Dillingham City, The Locus, The Insurgents, Perry Street and The Unfinished. The Atlantic Theater Company has produced Bottom of The World and Scarcity. They also developed Bottom of the World at Perry-Mansfield. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has produced three of her plays, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family and Stay, and produced a critically acclaimed revival of Killlers and Other Family in 2009, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Lucy has twice collaborated with the director Lear deBessonet, on Quixote, a site-specific performance with the Psalters made for and with The Broad Street Community in Philadelphia, and also on her play Monstrosity for 13P. Scarcity was published in issue of American Theatre, and acting editions of her work are published by Dramatists Play Service. Lucy is a member of Labyrinth Theater Company. She is an alumni of New Dramatists and 13P. She is a recipient of the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship, The Gary Bonasorte Memorial Prize for Playwriting and a LILLY Award.  Lucy has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, The Contemporary American Theater Festival and Houses On The Moon. She currently teaches playwriting at NYU.

The Hill Town Plays include:
Presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater & Cherry Lane Theatre
Written by Lucy Thurber; Directed by Daniel Talbott
August 14-September 28
Opening September 5 At Cherry Lane Studio Theatre

The world premiere of Ashville 
Written by Lucy Thurber; Directed by Karen Allen
August 21-September 28
Opening September 5 At Cherry Lane Theatre, Mainstage

Where We’re Born
Written by Lucy Thurber; Directed by Jackson Gay
August 14-September 28
Opening September 5 At Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Killers and Other Family
Presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater & Axis Company
Written by Lucy Thurber; Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin
August 14-September 28
Opening September 5 At Axis Theatre

Presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in association with New Ohio Theatre
Written by Lucy Thurber, Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
August 22-September 28
Opening September 5 At the New Ohio Theatre

Rattlestick’s 2013-14 Season will continue with:
One Night…
Presented by Cherry Lane Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Written by Charles Fuller; Directed by Clinton Turner Davis
November 6 – December 15
Opening November 20 At Cherry Lane Theatre, Mainstage  

One Night… takes an unflinching look at what has happened to women in the US Armed Forces when their decision to serve their country exposes them to an unforeseen battle against their fellow soldiers. Home from war, One Night… explores the lingering effects of trauma and injustice and one woman’s recompense.

Charles Fuller was born in Philadelphia. He achieved critical notice in 1969 with The Village: A Party. He later wrote plays for the Henry Street Settlement theatre and the Negro Ensemble Company in New York. His 1975 play The Brownsville Raid, won him critical acclaim. He won an Obie Award for Zooman and the Sign in 1980. His next work, A Soldier’s Play, was a critical success, winning the 1982 Pulitzer Prize, Best American Play, New York Critics and Edgar Awards. He later adapted the script into the 1984 film A Soldier’s Story. Directed by Norman Jewison, the film and his screenplay were nominated for Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award. Fuller has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also written short fiction, a novella ‘Snatch: The Adventures of David and Me in Old New York’ for young readers, screenplays for CBS, Showtime, NBC and PBS, and worked as a motion picture producer. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and Writers Guild of America, East.

How to Make Friends and then Kill Them
Written by Halley Feiffer; Directed by Kip Fagan
October 23-December 8
Opening November 7 At Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Left to their own devices by their alcoholic mother, Ada and Sam cultivate an insular world into which they soon draw a third wheel – a pockmarked, limping wallflower named Dorrie. In the years spanning childhood to young adulthood, these three troubled girls learn to lean on each other completely, finding ways to fill each other up and to tear each other down. But when a horrible accident turns their reality upside down, they find they must decide whether they will continue to foster their familiar, codependent cycle, or whether they will break free, with or without each other’s aid.

Halley Feiffer is a New York-based playwright and actress. Her plays have been produced or developed by Second Stage, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Orchard Project, terraNOVA Collective, Rising Phoenix Rep, Naked Angels, LAByrinth Theater Company and Young Playwrights Inc. (Young Playwrights’ Festival XXII). She is the current Harold Clurman playwright-in-residence at the Stella Adler Studio. She co-wrote the film “He’s Way More Famous Than You,” directed by Michael Urie, which was released in theaters this May.

The Correspondent
Written by Ken Urban; Directed by Stephen Brackett
January 29 – March 16
Opening February 13 At Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

A grieving husband hires a dying woman to deliver a message to his recently deceased wife in the afterlife. When he receives letters describing events that only his wife could know, he must determine if the correspondence is from a con artist or if his wife has returned from the grave.

Ken Urban has been produced and developed at Summer Play Festival at The Public, Donmar Warehouse (London), TimeLine Theatre Company, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Studio 42, Theatre @ Boston Court, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Irish Rep, Primary Stages, kef productions, Stable Cable, and The Huntington. The Awake opened at 59E59 Theatres this past August, starring Maulik Pancholy from Weeds and 30 Rock. The New York Times named the show a Critic’s Pick and it played for a sold out run. Awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, Huntington Theater Playwriting Fellowship, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and he is a company member of Rising Phoenix Rep. The feature film adaptation of his play The Happy Sad, with a screenplay by the author, directed by Rodney Evans, premiered at Frameline and OutFest last summer. The film screened at fifteen film festivals both in the US and internationally, with theatrical releases in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Ann Arbor. In early 2014, the film will be available on iTunes and DVD. He also wrote a short film I Am A Big Ball of Sadness (And I Want to Throw Myself from Your Roof), which screened as part of the Manhattan Short Film Festival in over 200 venues across six continents, and was awarded the Bronze Award by the audience. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. He plays in the band Occurrence and their new album DECKS was released this year. Their releases are available from Insound and Bandcamp.

Ode to Joy
Written and directed by Craig Lucas
February 12 – March 30
Opening February 27 At Cherry Lane Theatre, Mainstage

Ode to Joy tells the story of love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, an audacious painter and her destructive relations with Mala and Bill, her two lovers.

Craig Lucas is the author of the plays Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue WindowPrelude to a Kiss, God’s HeartThe Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small TragedyPrayer for My Enemy, and The Singing Forest.  His screenplays include Blue Window, Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, The Secret Lives of Dentists and The Dying Gaul (which he also directed).  Lucas has written the scripts for the musicals Marry Me A Little, Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Three Postcards (music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia) and The Light in the Piazza (music and lyrics by Adam Guettel).  His opera libretti include Orpheus in Love (composer Gerald Busby) and Two Boys (composer Nico Muhly), which premiered at the English National Opera.  Lucas directed the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza at the Intiman Theater in Seattle, the film Birds of America, the play This Thing of Darkness (by Lucas and David Schulner) and Harry Kondoleon’s plays Saved or Destroyed and Play Yourself.  He has created a new scenario for Christopher Wheeldon’s version of Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella for the Dutch National Ballet.

The Few
Written by Samuel D. Hunter; directed by Davis McCallum
April 23 – June 8
Opening May 8 At Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Four years ago Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers.  Now he’s returned–with no word of where he’s been–and things have changed.  His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads.  As he considers giving up for good, Bryan searches for what he couldn’t find on the road: a way to keep faith in humanity.

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (2013 Drama Desk Award, 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for Playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), and his newest plays, The Few, A Great Wilderness and Rest. His plays have been produced by theaters such as Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Rep, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Victory Gardens, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, and Page 73.  His work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, and elsewhere. Sam is the winner of a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, and the 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship. He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and was a 2013 Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

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