Welcome to Rattlestick.

We believe in ambition, provocation, and conversation. 

Launching the careers of some of the American Theater's most notable playwrights.

 

 

 
 
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History | Rattlestick Playwrights

Founded in 1994 by Gary Bonasorte and David Van Asselt, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is an Obie-Award winning theater that has developed and produced over 100 World Premieres in the past 23 seasons. Our mission is to produce ambitious plays to inspire empathy and provoke conversation that will lead to positive social change.

We have produced the first plays and unique works of some of today’s leading voices, including Annie Baker (The Aliens), Sheila Callaghan (That Pretty, Pretty), Jesse Eisenberg (The Revisionist), Samuel D. Hunter (The Few), Craig Lucas (Ode to Joy), Martyna Majok (Ironbound), Diana Oh's (mylingerieplay), Dael Orlandersmith (Until the Flood), Adam Rapp (The Hallway Trilogy), Daniel Talbott (Slipping), Lucy Thurber (The Hilltown Plays), Jonathan Tolins (Buyer and Cellar) and Craig Wright (The Pavilion). We produce theater to inspire empathy and provoke conversations in response to the complexities of our culture.

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Rattlestick 25th Anniversary Season
Sneak Peak

MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

"Our 25th Anniversary Season will look at the myriad of ways in which we take care of one another, as family members, as partners, as caretakers," writes Rattlestick Artistic Director Daniella Topol. "What do we do when we are unable to meet the needs of others because of time or scarcity of resources? Or because the need is too great? Who fills the gap? These plays wrestle with these questions on micro and macro levels - exploring intimate relationships while asking larger questions about our city and our country."

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NOVENAS FOR A LOST HOSPITAL (World Premiere)

FALL, 2019

Written by Cusi Cram
With Dramaturgy by Guy Lancaster
Starring Kathleen Chalfant
Directed by Rattlestick Artistic Director Daniella Topol

Presented in partnership with Village Preservation, NYC AIDS Memorial Board, and St. John's in the Village.

Novenas for a Lost Hospital is inspired by those who dedicated their lives to care and those who were lost. Guided by Elizabeth Seton of the Sisters of Charity (Chalfant), the piece theatrically explores the 161-year history of the hospital. Novenas uses theater as a vehicle to remember, to honor, and to celebrate the life and impact of St. Vincent's Hospital.

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THE SIBLINGS PLAY (World Premiere)

SPRING, 2020

Written by Ren Dara Santiago
Directed by Jenna Worsham
Presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and piece by piece productions
In association with Rising Phoenix Repertory

The Siblings Play delves deep into the psyche of a teenage girl and her two brothers left to raise each other in their parents' absence. The play looks at the ways these three teenagers protect, love, fight, and diminish in the wake of their family history and the complexity of growing up with parents who are too young to be parents in the first place. In The Siblings Play, Santiago gives voice to characters rarely seen on the stage with theatricality, poignancy, humor, and empathy.


NEW VOICES/NEW WORKS PROGRAMS PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS INC.

PUBLIC READINGS AND WORKSHOPS
Public showing of works in development

IN-HOUSE READINGS
Small readings to meet new writers and artists

COMMISSIONS
Commission programs and history

THE NEW SONGS NOW CONCERT SERIES
An unplugged concert series

ACTORS WHO WRITE LAB
A small writing lab for actors who also write



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Getting Here

224 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10014

Rattlestick is accessible via the 1, 2 and 3 trains (at 14 St. and Christopher St./Sheridan Square) and the A, B, C, D, E, F and M trains (at West 4th St.).

Contact

Phone: 212-627-2556 (administrative + box office) email: info@rattlestick.org

Accessibility

This is not an ADA-compliant venue. However, we do our best to accommodate any and all patrons. Full notice: the theater sits above a 17-step staircase, our seats are raked amongst 10 steps, and our bathrooms are onstage at the top of 3 steps.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERS

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Enjoy Happy Hour rates for drinks at Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill before and after our shows! Just present your ticket or program. Fiddlesticks is just two blocks away at 56. Greenwich Ave.

 
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