LEWISTON/CLARKSTON
Oct
10
to Dec 16

LEWISTON/CLARKSTON

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Presents:

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By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Davis McCallum

NOW EXTENDED TO DEC 16!

October 10 - December 16, 2018

Performance Schedule until Dec 2
Monday, Wednesday-Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 3:00pm
With additional matinees 10/31, 11/9, 11/16 and 11/30 at 1:00pm

Extension Schedule from Dec 3-16
Thurs-Monday at 7:00pm with Additional Sunday Matinees at 1:00pm

Before selecting your seat, please read the detailed information below the seating chart to learn more about seeing both shows and the communal meal.  For Groups of 10 or more, please contact nicHi douglas for more information on Group Rates and Discounts.

$10 Rush Tickets available at the Box Office, 30 minutes prior to performance.

Photo credit: Sandra Coudert Graham

WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING:

“It’s only fitting that Rattlestick Playwrights Theater would gut its Greenwich Village home to accommodate the unconventional production of “Lewiston/Clarkston.” The 24-year-old company merely did for Samuel D. Hunter’s new play what the play will do to you.” - The New York Times

CRITICS PICK – New York Times

“Theater of the most deeply moving kind…By the evening's end, you'll have a palpable sense of having shared something special with your fellow theatergoers.” - The Hollywood Reporter

“[Samuel D. Hunter] is interested in American disenchantment, in the great adventure stories we’ve told ourselves about ourselves, and the legacy of those stories in a time when “there’s just nothing left to discover.” His characters are contemporary lost souls, too aware of the underbelly of the American narrative — of all that was lost and stolen and destroyed in the name of exploration and expansion — to believe in anything so naïve as a national dream, but still searching, stumbling down unknown paths toward something as small, or as great, as each other.” - Vulture/New York Magazine

"For the daring theatrical explorers among us, Lewiston/Clarkston is a must-see.” - Theatermania

“Riveting, haunting, extraordinary… leave it to Hunter, right at this moment, to find something beautiful beyond dispute that unites us as Americans, and as all people living here.” - New York Stage Review

CLARKSTON CAST
Heidi Armbruster
Edmund Donovan
Noah Robbins

LEWISTON CAST
Arnie Burton
Kristin Griffith
Leah Karpel

LEWISTON/CLARKSTON PRODUCTION TEAM
Set Design by Dane Laffrey
Costume Design by Jessica Wegener Shay
Lighting Design by Stacey Derosier
Sound Design by Fitz Patton
Stage manager: Katie Young, Joanne Pan
Dramaturg: John Baker 
Associate Directors: Shadi Ghaheri & Lillian Meredith

Food Partner: Ready to Eat

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

Each night, the two plays LEWISTON/CLARKSTON will be performed together, in an intimate space for a small audience of only 51 guests who will gather to watch, to share a catered meal between the two productions, and to consider as a community our place in the ongoing American experiment. The evening will run about 3.5 hours in total.

Rattlestick is currently renovating their theater to accommodate the unique needs of this intimate diptych of plays. The LEWISTON and CLARKSTON experience at Rattlestick will unfold in three acts for a small and intimate audience of fifty-one people each night. First, the audience will gather to watch LEWISTON. Second, the audience will share a communal meal-break during which guests may bring their own food or pre-purchase a catered meal in the spirit of Idaho cuisine that will be served in the space. The evening will conclude with the production of CLARKSTON.

Together the plays focus on two modern-day descendants of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Set at a failing fireworks stand in Lewiston, Idaho, and across the river at a big box store in Clarkston, Washington, the plays LEWISTON and CLARKSTON share the essential question: what is the true legacy of the great American push West?

LEWISTON is a play fundamentally about the past. An aging descendant of Meriwether Lewis has been selling off her family’s land piece by piece for years, becoming increasingly convinced that her family’s past is less of a legacy and more of a curse. But when an unexpected visitor blasts into her life, she is forced to consider if there is anything good left in the world at all.

CLARKSTON is a play fundamentally about the future. A young descendant of William Clark has made the journey out west from his home in Connecticut, desperate to find meaning in his own history. But when he finds a landscape dotted with small, struggling towns and big box stores, his faith in his future—and indeed the future of the entire country—starts to feel misplaced.

Given the intimate nature of the show's set-up, we will not be able to accommodate late seating.

NO REFUNDS

NO TRANSFERS AFTER THE DATE OF THE TICKETED PERFORMANCE. CONTACT US AT (212) 627-2556 TO REQUEST A TICKET TRANSFER ONLY IF IT IS BEFORE THE DATE OF YOUR TICKETED PERFORMANCE.

This production is supported by The Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation with additional support by Douglas Nevin, R. Lee Stump and Abigail Roth.

LEWISTON/CLARKSTON were developed in part with assistance from SPACE on Ryder Farm, and will be presented at Boise Contemporary Theater later this Spring.

Rattlestick is not an ADA-compliant venue. However, we do our best to accommodate any and all patrons. Please call us at 212-627-2556 to learn more. 

Regarding meals: Please be advised the meals contain gluten in the BBQ sauce. Additionally, while our catering company does its best to avoid cross contamination, the food is NOT made in a nut-free facility. For full ingredients, please click the button below.

SAMUEL D. HUNTER's plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great WildernessRestPocatello, The Healing, The Harvest, Lewiston, Clarkston, and most recently, Greater Clements.  He is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, the 2008 PONY/Lark Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho.  His plays have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Clubbed Thumb and Page 73, and around the country at such theaters as Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Old Globe, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, the Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf Theatre, and elsewhere.  His work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, and PlayPenn.  Two published anthologies of his work are available from TCG books.  He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and was a 2013 Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

DAVIS MCCALLUM's New York credits include The Harvest (Lincoln Center), Stupid F***ing Bird (The Pearl), Fashions for Men (Mint Theater; Drama Desk and Lortel Nominations for Best Revival); Pocatello (Playwrights Horizons), The Whale (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel Award for Best Play; Calloway Nomination for Best Director), Water by the Spoonful (Second Stage; Pulitzer Prize for Drama); February House (Public Theater); and London Wall (Mint Theater; Drama Desk and Lortel Nominations for Best Revival). Regional credits include the Denver Center, Dallas Theater Center, Old Globe, Guthrie, OSF, the Alliance Theater, the O’Neill, Williamstown, Humana Festival, others. He is the Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison NY, and recently directed The Winter’s Tale, Measure for Measure, as well as the world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will for the company.

CAST

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THE CONVENT
Jan
16
to Feb 9

THE CONVENT

Weathervane Productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory, in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Present: 

The World Premiere of

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By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Daniel Talbott

January 16 - February 17, 2019
A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street)

In Dickey's new play, a group of women go on a retreat to live like nuns in the Middle Ages and are baptized with 80s pop, female mysticism, hallucinogens and sex. The Convent is a toothy dark comedy about desire, devotion, and the mystery of intrinsic divinity.

Featuring: Amy Berryman,  Annabel Capper, Margaret Odette, Brittany Anikka Liu,  Lisa Ramirez, Samantha Soule, Wendy Vanden Heuvel

Scenic Design: Raul Abrego
Costume Design: Tristan Raines
Lighting Design: Joel Moritz
Sound Design: Erin Bednarz
Projection Design: Katherine Freer
Fight Direction: Unkle Dave’s Fight-House
Production Stage Manager: Kate Croasdale

Executive Producer: Kendra Bator
General manager: Snug Harbor Productions, Inc. (Steven Chaikelson)

Note there is no late seating for this event. Tickets are available online and by phone.

Tickets can be purchased at the theatre 1 hour prior to performance times.

Tickets also available by phone at (866) 811-4111.


BIOS

Jessica Dickey (Playwright) has been hailed as "a playwright to watch" by The New York Times. Her one-woman show, The Amish Project, went from the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival to a critically heralded production at Rattlestick in 2009, and has since been produced all across the US and all over the world. She was also acclaimed for Charles Ives Take Me Home, produced in 2013 by Rattlestick

Amy Berryman (Bertie) is an actor and writer originally from Seattle. She was previously seen as Louise in Lunchtime at The Brick in NYC, written/directed by Greg Kotis, and at the Humana Festival as Pen in Erin Courtney's I Will Be Gone. The short film she wrote, co-produced, and starred in, You Are Everywhere, won Best Drama in the LA Short Film Festival 2018 and she can be seen in the award-winning web series #nofilter. Amy was a Finalist for the 2018 Playwrights Realm Fellowship, and her plays have been developed at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska; AMIOS Theatre Co, Nomad Theatricals, and Barrington Collective in NYC; Prop THTR in Chicago; and Portland Stage in Maine. Her play The New Galileos was recently recorded for the podcast The Parsnip Ship. amy-berryman.com

Annabel Capper (Dimlin). Trained: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), 3 Year Classical Acting. London born, New York based. Favorite roles include: Off-Broadway: Mrs. Pearce, Pygmalion (Bedlam), Gertrude, Hamlet (Kraine Theater), Mary, Passion Play (Lincoln Center). Regional: Mrs. Bonner,Mrs. Packard (Bridge Rep, Boston), Lady Macbeth, Macbeth (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) London: Esther, The Price (Apollo Theatre, West End), Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Lost Theatre), Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing (Hazlitt Theatre), Miss Prism, The Importance of Being Earnest(Hazlitt Theatre). TV: "EastEnders" (BBC), "Sensitive Skin" (BBC), "Operation Mincemeat" (BBC). Radio: Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida (BBC).

Margaret Odette (Jill). New York: Sensucht (JACK), She Kills Monsters (The Flea/Vampire Cowboys), Figaro (The Pearl), The Electric Lighthouse (The Flea),Asian American MixFest (Atlantic). Regional: Paradise Blue (Long Wharf), The House That Will Not Stand (NYS&F), Jump (Chautauqua), Skeleton Crew(Chester). Film: Sleeping with Other People. TV: Instinct, Elementary (directed by Lucy Liu). Margaret is a co-founder and producer for HomeBase Theatre Collective, and a proud volunteer at The 52nd Street Project. BA Brown University (Weston Acting Award recipient); MFA NYU Tisch Grad Acting.www.margaretodette.com

Brittany Anikka Liu (Tina). New York: Period Sisters (HERE Arts Center), Rapture, Blister, Burn and Buffalo Heights (TIC Theatre). Regional: The Diary of Anne Frank (People's Light & Theatre), Tranquil (Luna Stage Co.), Romeo & Juliet, All's Well That Ends Well, Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar (Virginia Shakespeare Festival). BA & BBA from The College of William & Mary.

Lisa Ramirez (Wilma) was most recently seen as MJ's Mom in Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre, the Angel in Angels in America at Berkeley Rep and Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Ubuntu Theater Project. She has performed extensively at theaters on both the East and West Coast such as the Cherry Lane Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company, Working Theater, The Foundry, Ubuntu Theater Project, Magic Theatre, and Berkeley Rep, amongst others. Writing credits: Exit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland) was first presented Off-Broadway by the Working Theater (Colman Domingo, director) and subsequently toured in various theaters throughout the U.S. and Ireland; Art of Memory, a dance theatre piece, commissioned by Company SoGoNo and presented at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and the 3-Legged Dog in New York (Tanya Calamoneri, director); Invisible Women-Rise, Foundry Theatre & Domestic Workers United; To the Bone, originally a Working Theater commission, was a finalist for the 2012 NPN Smith Prize, the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Ellen Stewart Award; All Fall Down was conceived/written in at INTAR during the Maria Irene Fornés Hispanic Playwrights in Residency Lab; Contributing playwright for In Mother Words, presented at The Geffen Playhouse and various regional theatres (Lisa Peterson, director); In 2012-13 Lisa was part of the Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatrewhere she wrote Pas de Deux (lost my shoe), (Bryan Davidson Blue, director). In September 2014, the Cherry Lane Theatre presented the world premiere of To The Bone (Lisa Peterson, director). Proud recipient of the 2015 NYCT Helen Merrill Emerging Playwriting Award and the Kilroy List of best plays 2015. Currently working on the screenplay of To The Bone and a stage adaptation of Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths, commissioned by the Ubuntu Theater Project.

Samantha Soule (Patti). Broadway: The Philanthropist, Dinner At Eight, Coram Boy. Off-Broadway: Transfers (MCC), And I And Silence (Signature Theatre); A Fable, A Summer Day, Killers and Other Family, The Hilltown Plays (Rattlestick, Obie Award); Barbecue, Much Ado About Nothing, Detroit '67 (Public), A Little Journey (Mint, Drama Desk nomination); Gabriel, The Voysey Inheritance (Atlantic Theater Company); Monstrosity (I3P); Valhalla (New York Theatre Workshop); The Dining Room (Keen, Drama Desk Award). Selected regional theatre: Transfers (Powerhouse), Thieves (Rising Phoenix Rep), Candida, Edith (Berkshire Theatre Festival) A Body of Water (Old Globe), The Evildoers (Yale Rep), Twelfth Night, An Enemy of The People, The Tempest (Shakespeare Theater), Lady Windermere's Fan (Williamstown) Film/TV: "Godless," "NCIS-NOLA," "Blacklist," "Nurse Jackie," "Blue Bloods," "Do No Harm," "Law & Order: SVU," "Smash," You Say Hello, How We Got Away With It, Cigarette Soup, The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, No Retreat, Revolutionary Road. BFA: The Juilliard School. Artistic Associate of Rising Phoenix Rep

Wendy Vanden Heuvel (Mother Abbess) works as an actress, teacher, and producer in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She has taught at New York University's Experimental Theater Wing, Fordham University, A.C.T., The Barrow Group, and at Our Little Roses Orphanage in Honduras. In 1991 she was a member of Jerzy Grotowski's Objective Drama Project at Irvine University. She has worked as an actor in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and regionally. Acting credits include: Resurrection Blues by Arthur Miller (Guthrie Theater), Beckett Shorts directed by Joseph Chaikin, Mud (Magic Theater), A Movie Star has to Star in Black and White (Signature Theater), and Sex in a Coma, directed by Lee Breuer. She has worked with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Rising Phoenix Repertory both as an actress and a producer, and is a member of The Lake Lucille Chekhov Project created by Melissa Kievman and Brian Mertes. Film credits include The Chekhov Film Project's I Am A Seagull, Burn Country with James Francoand Melissa Leo, and Under the Silver Lake with Andrew Garfield. In 2012, she was awarded the TBG Outstanding Contribution to Theater Award and is a member of The 52nd Street Project. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Brad Coley and their daughter Lila Blue.

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LOCKDOWN
Apr
17
to May 19

LOCKDOWN

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

In Association with ShadowCatcher Entertainment

Presents the World Premiere of:

LOCKDOWN

By Cori Thomas
Directed by Kent Gash

April 17-May 19, 2019 

Presented in Partnership with the Fortune Society

Lockdown tells the story of a writer who agrees to help a longtime inmate craft his parole statement. Their growing bond forms the heart of the play, an intimate and powerful look at the impact of long-term incarceration. Inspired by playwright Cori Thomas's work at San Quentin State Prison, LOCKDOWN explores the magical possibilities for transformation through human connection. 

We are working with the Fortune Society to host a series of post-show conversations after every performance.  We are designing this in-depth post-show series with The Fortune Society and their Advocacy Team, comprised of formerly incarcerated individuals who are in the process of learning to share their experiences and feelings regarding the trauma of their interactions with the criminal justice system. The group’s work is grounded in a belief that harnessing those experiences into powerful narratives can benefit these own personal reentry journey, and also influence policy changes on a national level.

Lockdown was commissioned by Rattlestick with support from The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference.

ARTIST BIOS

CORI THOMAS (Playwright) is the daughter of former Liberian Ambassador, David Thomas and Brazilian attorney, Zuleika Thomas. Her plays include When January Feels Like Summer (NYT Critics Pick), directed in NYC by Daniella Topol, produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre with P73, and then re-mounted with Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Women’s Project, with other productions at City Theatre (Pittsburgh) and Mosaic Theatre (DC).  Her other plays include: Pa’s Hat (Pillsbury House), Flight 109, My Secret Language of Wishes (Mixed Blood), and her work has been developed at Sundance, Goodman, Playwrights Horizons, Pillsbury House, Black Rep, New Black Theatre, among others.  She is a member of New Dramatists, and is a writer on an original series for Audible.com and is currently writing a screenplay about Nelson Mandela for HBO Films.

KENT GASH (Director) directed the acclaimed World Premiere of Robert O’Hara’s’ Barbecue at the Public Theatre and he is co-author and director of Langston In Harlem (Four 2010 Audelco Awards including Best Musical.) New York: Miss Ever’s Boys (Premiere) for the Melting Pot Theatre Co., Call The Children Home (Premiere) for Primary Stages, Duke Ellington’s Beggar’s Holiday (MUFTI-York Theatre) and the Off-Broadway revival of Samm-Art William’s Home. Regional: The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre, August Wilson’s The Gem Of The Ocean at South Coast Rep (LA TIMES 10 Best Plays of 2017), Wig Out at Studio Theatre DC, and The Mountaintop at Trinity Rep. Future productions include The Winters Tale at Dallas Theatre Center. Former Associate Artistic Director: Alliance Theatre (2001-2009), Alabama Shakespeaere Festival (1999-2001)

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COMMUNITY ARTS FORUM
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

COMMUNITY ARTS FORUM

Community Arts Forum

Sunday, September 23 - 2-4pm at Rattelstick Playwrights Theater

Hosted by Community Board 2, The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and St. John's in the Village

Please join us for a West Village Community Arts Forum on Sunday, September 23 from 2-4pm.  The goal is to create an open forum to discuss the ways in which the Village/SoHo/NoHo Community can deepen and expand its arts activities on a community-wide level.

Limited seating available and reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis by emailing community@rattlestick.org.  Attendees will be invited to share questions/topics they wish to discuss in advance.

Snacks will be provided by Veselka.

Accessibility notice: Rattlestick sits above a 17-step staircase, with two all-gender bathrooms onstage at the top of 3 steps. To make this forum accessible to all, we plan to live stream our conversation on Facebook Live on Rattlestick's page. 


 

Prior to the Open House, the creator and owner of the theater space, St John's in the Village, holds a Choral Eucharist Celebrating the Arts (Episcopal service to which those of all faiths, or of none, are welcome) with professional choir and address on drama,  followed by a Lunch; all this ending in time to move smoothly to the Open House. Please reply separately, for catering purposes, to admin@stjvny.org

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THE POINT: A Climate Week NYC 2018 Affiliate Event
Sep
22
to Sep 27

THE POINT: A Climate Week NYC 2018 Affiliate Event

UNICEF, Comics Uniting Nations, Greenpoint Innovations, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Hypokrit Theater Company Present:

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THE POINT
A Climate Week NYC 2018 Affiliate Event

ELEMENTS OF CHANGE
A Theatrical Event

Free Performances on  September 22nd, September 26th, September 28th

Based on Tré: The Adventures of Brother Earth, the comic book by Sona Sridhar, winner of the inaugural UNICEF Climate Comic Contest

Playwright: Divya Mangwani (Hypokrit Theatre Company)
Director: Arpita Mukherjee (Hypokrit Theatre Company)

Integrating the Arts for Climate Sustainability during Climate Week NYC 2018

The Point is a unique collaboration between the United Nations, artists, producers, educators, and local environmentalists to produce a series of artistic activations (a comic book, a public mural / street art, an immersive multimedia theatrical experience, open dialogue, and an educational toolkit), built upon a story about a climate change superhero, and threaded together with messages about solutions and hope.

By leveraging the arts to bring together a local and global representation of children, youth, dignitaries, business leaders, and the general public, our goal is to recognize and act on the human impacts of climate change and the power and role of young people to take action for a better future. Read and learn about Tre, the climate change superhero comic book that inspired The Point.

Panel discussions to follow theatrical event. Please RSVP to one of our FREE events below:

Saturday, September 22nd, 4:30PM @ Kingsland Wildflowers
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, September 26th, 6:00PM @ The New School
Union Square, Manhattan
REGISTER HERE

Friday, September 28th, 4:00PM @ Castillo Theatre
Midtown East, Manhattan
REGISTER HERE

Partners:



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