The Line-Up for
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s 21st Season!


This season will include new works by
Michael Laurence, Martyna Majok and William Francis Hoffman

Michael LaurenceRattlestick Playwrights Theater presents
Hamlet in Bed
written by Michael Laurence
directed by Lisa Peterson

August 28th – October 25th, 2015
Playing at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Pl)


Michael is a neurotic actor and adoptee obsessed with two things- finding his real mother, and playing the famous Gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna, a reclusive former actress-turned-barfly; gripped by the notion that she might be his actual birth-mother, he first stalks her from a distance, then lures her into a noirish production of Hamlet playing the role of the queen, his mother. Hamlet In Bed is a twisty and darkly comic story about mothers and sons. About what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago, and now. And about families- the ones we’re born into, and the ones we find along the way.

Michael Laurence (Playwright) Theatre credits include Talk Radio (Broadway), Appropriate (Signature), The Few (Old Globe), The Morini Strad (Primary Stages), Desire Under the Elms (Broadway), Opus (Primary Stages), Horsedreams (Rattlestick), Diary of a Teenage Girl (New Georges/3LD), Two Rooms (PlatformGroup), Lydie Breeze (NYTW), Tooth of Crime (Signature), Book of Days (Signature), John Proctor in The Crucible (Hartford Stage), Mikey Dillon in Good People (Huntington), Starbuck in The Rainmaker (Arena), Eric Bogosian’s Humpty Dumpty (McCarter), Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Westport, Wilma, Humana, others. He is the playwright/performer of the solo-play Krapp,39 (Soho Playhouse-NY/ Tristan Bates – London/ Drama Desk nomination). His television credits include The Heart She Holler (series regular), Damages (recurring), The Good Wife, Elementary, Person Of Interest, Third Watch, Johnny Zero, FX, GhostStories, As the World Turns, and What’s Not To Love? for SHOWTIME. His film credits include One For the Money, Man On A Ledge, A Walk In The Park, The Operator, Follow Me Outside, Room314, Escape Artists, Claire Dolan, Love God, Particles of Truth, other indies.

For more information on Hamlet in Bed, Click HERE

martyna majok headshot 2Rattlestick Playwrights Theater & Women’s Project Theater
written by Martyna Majok
directed by Daniella Topol

March 2nd – April 10th, 2016
Playing at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Pl)



Martyna Majok (Playwright) was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays has been performed and developed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, LAByrinth Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, Yale Cabaret, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, Round House Theatre, Satori Group, Red Tape Theatre, and The LIDA Project, among others. Awards include Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The New Yorker website, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Foundry Theatre. Publications by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fuller Road, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. Martyna is currently part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Program at The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST’s Youngblood. Member of Women’s Project Lab, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, The Dramatist Guild, and NYTW’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was the 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence. She is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.

William Francis HoffmanRattlestick Playwrights Theater & Colt Coeur present
Cal in Camo
Co-Production with Colt Coeur
Written by William Francis Hoffman
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
May 7th – June 12th, 2016
Playing at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Pl)

Cal’s worst fear about motherhood has come true and in a desperate attempt to understand her present she summons her only connection to a long lost past.

William Francis Hoffman (Playwright) was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri.  He was a one time member of the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago Illinois and is a current member of the Actor’s Gym in Los Angeles California

Other Programming at Rattlestick!

Lesser America presents
The Bachelors
written by Caroline V. McGraw
directed by Portia Krieger

November 7th – November 29th
Playing at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Pl)



Inside a house, a house in a series of houses on a fraternity row, a house in which DVDs serve as coasters and drool stains the sofa, live three roommates far past their college days. A thousand girlfriends come and gone, a thousand drinks downed, a thousand parties crashed–every night the same, until now. There’s a party tonight on fraternity row, but it is not the blaring music that makes sleep impossible. Tonight, these bachelors will understand what their choices have really gotten them.

Caroline V. McGraw’s (Playwright) plays include Believeland, Ultimate Beauty Bible, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Vaults, Debut Track One Chord One Verse One (or, The Shed), The King is Dead, and Baby No More Times (a pop musical co-written with Mary Birnbaum and Melissa Lusk.) Her work has been produced and developed at theaters around the country, including the Cherry Lane Theatre by Young Playwrights Inc., New Georges, Washington Ensemble Theatre, The Yale Cabaret, AracaWorks, Naked Angels, Washington National Opera/The Kennedy Center, Second Stage, Studio 42, Page 73, IAMA Theater Company, and Ars Nova ANT Fest. She has been in residence at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Wordbridge Playwrights’ Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm.  She is an alum of the New George’s Jam, Interstate 73, and the Civilians R&D Group, and a member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. She is working on a new play commission from Yale Rep. Caroline was the 2013 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow.  She is a graduate of the Playwriting MFA program at the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel.