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 multi-award winning organization which has developed and produced over 100 World Premieres in the past 23 seasons.

We have launched the careers of many writers who are now household names, including Annie Baker (The Aliens), Sheila Callaghan (Everything YouTouch), Michael John Garces (Acts of Mercy), Samuel D. Hunter (The Few), Martyna Majok (Ironbound), Diana Oh (mylingerieplay), Adam Rapp (Hallway Trilogy) and Lucy Thurber (The Hilltown Plays)

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2018-2019 Season

MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

“These plays are wrestling with what it means to be American today,” said Daniella Topol, Artistic Director. “In what ways has the American Dream left certain individuals behind? How do we overcome our emotional, physical and spiritual isolation? How do we relate to our families and how do we make our own communities? Samuel D. Hunter and Cori Thomas are honest, poignant, funny and captivating writers telling essential and relevant stories.”

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Samuel D. Hunter

LEWISTON & CLARKSTON

FALL, 2018

Directed by: Davis McCallum (The Whale)

A gutted theater. Two plays. One epic evening. An achingly human exploration of the end of the American experiment.

LEWISTON & CLARKSTON will be presented on a double bill this fall on the Rattlestick Mainstage. It will be the first time ever that the two plays - written to be in conversation with one another - will play the same space. LEWISTON & CLARKSTON reunites playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Davis McCallum, the award-winning team behind The Whale and at Rattlestick, The Few. This production is supported by The Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.

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Cori Thomas

LOCKDOWN (World Premiere)

SPRING, 2019

Directed By: Kent Gash (Barbeque)

Lockdown takes an authentic, intimate and powerful look at the impact of long-term incarceration and the reality of what life inside prison is really like. Inspired by Cori Thomas's time with people serving life sentences at San Quentin Prison, Lockdown explores the possibilities for transformation through human connection.

Following each performance of Lockdown is a community conversation that creates an opportunity for audiences to discuss the play with guest speakers who have firsthand knowledge and expertise in criminal justice reform. This 25-minute moderated discussion will give the audience an opportunity to expand knowledge, deepen engagement and inspire action that can lead to vital policy changes.


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.

 
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