CHECK OUT THE NEW YORK TIMES’S FEATURE ON LEWISTON/CLARKSTON: ”Pull Up a Seat. Two Plays, Dinner and Western History Are Served.”




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)

An unlikely friendship between a grieving writer and a prison inmate begins a transformational process of healing and forgiveness.

Inspired by the playwright’s time with the inmates at San Quentin Prison, LOCKDOWN follows a professional writer who agrees to help an inmate craft a statement for his parole hearing and unknowingly embarks on a painful and rewarding journey to confront her own grief. LOCKDOWN takes a thoughtful look at the impact of imprisonment, juxtaposing the conditions of long-term incarceration with the emotional confinement of a widow's grief.


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

THE F*CK!NG GOOD PLAYS FESTIVAL
A week-long mini-festival of free staged readings of bold new work

THEATERJAM
A one day festival featuring over 20 writers and scores of new artists

THE NEW SONGS NOW CONCERT SERIES
An unplugged concert series


MIDDLE VOICE

Work-In-Progress Showings from Rattlestick's Apprentice Company


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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 Deals

Our friends and neighbors at the ROASTING PLANT (around the corner from the theater on Greenwich Avenue) have a bathroom, and are offering our patrons 15% OFF pre-show treats and drinks when you use code word RATTLESTICK15. 

Our friends at MACONDO WEST (two blocks away on Bank St.) offer a great Happy Hour on weekdays.

Due to the limited number of bathrooms at Rattlestick, please consider using the bathroom before you arrive at the theater. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 
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