Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents

PageLines- OTJ_2629x2042_Logo_Quotes_WITH-EXTENSION.jpgWritten and Directed by Craig Lucas At Cherry Lane Mainstage 38 Commerce St. February 12 - March 30 EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 19! Featuring: Kathryn Erbe, Roxanna Hope, and Arliss Howard  

“Intoxicating and Irresistible. A straightforward look at people battling with the ogres of contemporary life that is vitally and compellingly off-center.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times


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Ticket Prices

General Admission $66 Under 30 / Theater Artist: $26 Student: $21

“Hilarious and Enlightening. Kathryn Erbe in her best stage outing to date.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Enjoyably clever and quite funny.” – Broadway World

“There is no more fearless a playwright than Craig Lucas. Ode To Joy is the most powerful thing he has turned out in years.” – Lighting and Sound America

Creative Team: Andrew Boyce (Set Design),  Catherine Zuber (Costume Design), Paul Whitaker (Light Design), Daniel Kluger (Sound Design), Raphael Mishler (Properties Master), UnkleDave's Fight-House (Fight Direction), Eugenia Furneaux (Production Manager), Michael Denis (Production Stage Manager), Andrew Slater (Assistant Stage Manager)

Synopsis 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.

About the Playwright and Director 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.