DIRECTORGY by Rattlestick's Directing Fellow Shadi Ghaheri
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DIRECTORGY by Rattlestick's Directing Fellow Shadi Ghaheri


An evening of works in development by Rattlestick’s Directing Fellow, Shadi Ghaheri



Rattlestick will be hosting a night to showcase some of the work currently in development by their Directing Fellow, Shadi Ghaheri.  The evening will be an informal, fun night, and an opportunity to meet new artists.

The evening includes three excerpts of work that Shadi is very excited to share with her new audience in New York City. The first piece will be a new devised work by Shadi, Shahr-e-Farang, a cruel clown show exercising the absurdity of our social and political state of being. The second work is a translation by Shadi, Slow Sound of Snow, written by Jaber Ramezani, a contemporary Iranian playwright based in Tehran. This excerpt boldly illustrates a metaphoric world of oppression and censorship. The night will end with a short choreographed movement piece set to Handel’s opera, Lucretia. 

The showing will be followed by a reception.

Shadi Ghaheri is a director and choreographer from Tehran, Iran based in New York. She has directed Lucretia (HERE), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Williams College), Shahr-e-Farang (Spectrum NYC) The Girl is Chained, Death of Yazdgerd, Titus Andronicus, and choreographed Passion (Yale School of Drama). Other Credits, The Slow Sound of Snow (Yale Cabaret). She co-curated a four-play season, directing The Trojan Women, and Lear (Yale Summer Cabaret). Also she co-curated and produced a six-day festival of theatre, music and short film by Iranian Artists at Spectrum NYC, spring 2019.  Shadi holds a BA from Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University, where she was the first female president of the University Theatre Club. There, she directed Art and Stranger walking in my room. She continued working as a director, leading workshops at Iranian refugee camps for Afghani children fleeing the war in their country. Shadi was a 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and the 2017-2018 directing fellow at Rattlestick Playwright

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to Jun 24


Doug Nevin and Michael Urie
In partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Present


June 20 - 24
At Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Festival Producers: Doug Nevin & Michael Urie
Festival Director: Nick Mayo

Some shows are currently sold out, but our waitlist patrons regularly get in. If you don’t have a ticket, just show up before the show!

**Tickets must be picked up at the box office 30 minutes prior to the start of the reading. Tickets that are not claimed will be released to the general public. 

For more information on how to join our Patron Program program and get access to opening and closing night gala readings, reserved seating, and other PRIDE PLAYS perks click below: 

PRIDE PLAYS is an upcoming festival of play readings at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. We will be presenting a series of play readings from June 20-24 that capture the prideful spirit of the LGBTQ community, celebrating 50 years of theatrical voices since that turning point. 

Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, PRIDE PLAYS hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand.

From the recent NYTIMES Feature: “For so long queer stories were about how if you come out, something bad happens to you. Or if you’re gay, you’ll be beaten or institutionalized or you’ll end up killing yourself,” Mr. Urie said. “While that is all absolutely a part of the history, we want to look forward to the hopeful times ahead of us, where queer characters will be embraced and celebrated for who they are.”



12:00 pm
Room Enough  (For Us All)
By: Daaimah Mubashshir
Director: Kareem Fahmy
Cast: Chinai J Hardy,  Anton Floyd, Melissa Mickens, Gabrielle Beans, and Xandra Clark

4:00 pm
The Baltimore Waltz
By Paula Vogel
Director: Ethan Heard
Cast: Nick Westrate, Christopher J Hanke, and Marissa Neitling

8:00 pm
Our Town
By: Thornton Wilder
Director: Jenna Worsham
Cast: JP Moraga, Izzy Castaldi, Marquise Vilson, Joslyn DeFreece, JorJa Brown, Pooya Mohseni, Cece Suazo, Nicholas Gorham, Sophie Sagan-Gutherz, Sydney Mae Diaz, Eve C. Lindley, Jax Jackson, Summer Minerva, Michael David Baldwin, Em Grosland, and Parker Gard


12:00 pm
As Is
By: William Hoffman
Director: Sheryl Kaller
Cast: Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Kelly McAndrew, Hennessy, Kate Rigg, Lou Liberatore, Allan K Washington, and Arturo Soria

4:00 pm
Le Switch
By: Philip Dawkins
Director: Stephen Brackett
Cast: Michael Urie, Ray Santiago, John Glover, Michael Rosen, and Ashlie Atkinson

8:00 pm
Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Ruston
By: Michael Benjamin Washington
Director: Moises Kaufman
Cast: Michael Benjamin Washington, Dawn Clements, Brian McManamon, Ro Boddie, and Ron Canada

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 (In Upstairs Rattlestick Theater)

10:00 am
By: Eduardo Machado
Director: Dominic Colon
Cast: Robert Jimenez, Matthew Montelongo, Nilaja Sun, Tony Plana, Liam Torres, EJ Bonilla, Sean Carvajal, Emma Ramos, and Sebastian Chacon

2:00 pm
On this Morning
By: Caroline Prugh
Director: Kevin Newbury
Cast: Dale Soules, Paige Gilbert, and Penny Fuller

7:30 pm
Last Summer at Bluefish Cove
By: Jane Chambers
Director: Miranda Haymon
Cast: Nancy Lemenager, Judy Gold, Lori Prince, Lori Laing, Jessica Lindsey Cohen, Laura Mercedes Martinez, Kristina Valada-Viars, and Nike Kadri

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 (In Downstairs Parish Hall Space)

12:00 pm
Brave Smiles… Another Lesbian Tragedy
By: The Five Lesbian Brothers Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Lisa Kron
Director: Rebecca Guy
Cast: Liza Bennet, Rachel Towne, Beth Malone, Kelly McAndrew, and Judy Gold

4:30 pm
The Haunted Host
By: Robert Patrick
Director: Satya Bhabha
Cast: André Ward, and Rob Morean

One Leg
By: Eri Nox
Director: Seonjae Kim
Cast: Maybe Burke, Ryan Ortega, and Esco Jouley


10:00 am
Eat and You Belong to Us
By: MJ Kaufman
Director: Will Davis
Cast: Jess Barbagallo, Zo Sakamoto, Erin Anderson, David Greenspan, McKinley Belcher III, and Brooke Bloom

1:00 pm
The Last Sunday in June
By: Jonathan Tolins
Director: Nic Cory
Cast: Preston Sadleir, Adam Chanler Berat, Daniel K Isaac, Patrick Breen, Taylor Trensch, Zachary Booth, Pascale Armand, and Brock Yurich

5:00 pm
A Language of Their Own
By: Chay Yew
Director: Mei Ann Teo
Cast: Vichet Chum, Alton Alburo, Jon Norman Schneider, and Will Seefried

8:30 pm
An evening of LGBTQ musicals, including Interstate and Eighty-Sixed
Music and lyrics by Sam Salmond Book by Jeremy J. King
Directed By: Kevin Newbury
Cast: Preston Sadleir, Theo T. Stockman, Jason Tam, Jon Rua, Noah Zachary, Jared Loftin, Blaine Krauss
Music by Melissa Li
Lyrics and Book by Melissa Li & Kit Yan
Directed By: Kevin Newbury
Cast: Michelle Noh, Kiet Tai Cao, Esco Jouléy, Andreas Wyder, and Angel Lin, Allison Linker, and Sushma Saha


12:00 pm
A Program of original works by TRANS LAB
By: Ty Defoe, Ashley Lauren Rogers, Noemi Charlotte Thieves, Mariam Bazeeed, Corrine Donly, and Eamon Boylan
Director: Eamon Boylan
Cast: Asia Kate Dillon, Hennessy, Esco Jouley, Jordan Ho, Danielle Purdy, Sushma Saha, Mariam Bazeed, Omer Koran, Chris Okawa, Michelle Finston, Drita Kabashi, Milo Longenecker, Ashley Rogers, Rachel Weekley, Sylas Barrett, TL Thompson, Cosmo Castaldi, Aneesh Sheth, and Jorja Brown

4:00 pm
Nora Highland
By: Ryan Spahn
Director: Danya Taymor
Cast: Rebecca Henderson, and Michael Hsu Rosen

8:00 pm
Some Men
By: Terrence McNally
Director: Logan Reed
Cast: John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Derosa, Jordan E. Cooper, Bobby Steggart, Larry Powell, Noah Galvin, Calvin Leon Smith, Kevin Chamberlin, James Cusati Moyer, Dan Butler, Marc Vietor, Billy Carter, Ken Barnett, Frank DiLella, Arnie Burton, Alton Alboro, Will Blum, Tom Deckman, Nick Mayo, David Turner, Everett Quinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, Peter Bartlett, Andre DeShields, Lance Roberts, Murray Hill, TR Knight, Ryan Haddad, Ricardo Davila, Dominic Colôn, Sam Gonzalez, Randy Harrison, Vishal Vaidya, Michael Cyril Creighton, Jose Llana, Michael Mastro, David Ryan Smith

To get involved or volunteer: Email

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3:00 PM15:00


This New Voices/New Works Program is presented in partnership with Rosalind Productions, Inc


A Potluck & Theater Festival

June 15, 3:00pm-9:00pm

TheaterJam is a one-day festival featuring over 20 writers, and scores of new artists. The event is a theater marathon and pot luck packed with back-to-back thrilling programming. It is a chance for our audience to meet thrilling new artists and see bold experiments tested on our stage.


3:00 - 4:15 PM 
Lekethia Dalcoe, Robbie McCauley, Sanaz Toosi, TJ Weaver & Alexander Lambie

4:30 - 5:45 PM
Sarah Cote, Emily Daly, John Darnton, Gracie Gardner, Genne Murphy, Lisa Purrone, James Scruggs, Emily Zemba  

6:00 - 7:30 PM
Dael Orlandersmith, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Kevin Christopher Snipes, Arturo Soria, Adrienne D. Williams  

7:45 - 9:00PM
Josiah Bania, Julissa Contreras, Kareem Lucas, Edison Ventura Mata, Liba Vaynberg, Kathryn Walat

TheaterJam is part of Rattlestick's New Voices/New Works Program, presented in partnership with Rosalind Productions, Inc.


Women-Led. Female Leads. Girl Power since 2005. Founded by Executive Producer Abigail Rose Solomon, ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS INC. is a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated producer of new and classic work on and Off-Broadway as well as regionally. Currently, on Broadway, the company is a co-producer of the seven-time Tony-nominated The Prom and the revival of King Lear, featuring Tony-winner Glenda Jackson in the title role. Past Broadway shows include Three Tall Women and The Miracle Worker. The company was also Producing Associate on War Paint.  Off-Broadway, the company Associate Produced the World Premiere of My Lingerie Play with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and was lead producer of the New York Premiere of The Last Seder, the New York Premiere of A Splintered Soul, and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo.  In Los Angeles, the company was lead producer of Misalliance, Proof, the World Premiere of Stages, and co-produced an all-female As You Like It with Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Rosalind Productions focuses on stories with female-identified characters who drive the main storyline, or with female-identified actors playing cis-male roles. Our goal is to entertain, empower, and enlighten audiences. Facebook/Instagram @RosalindProductions  Twitter @RosalindProds

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to Jun 12


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, in partnership with Rosalind Productions Inc. presents:


June 4-12, 2019, 8pm
Tickets: $15 select date below for tickets

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Each night, we offer a different lineup of composers who will share work. Please click on the dates below for more information:

JUNE 4 - Andrew R. Butler and Angela Sclafani, with conversation facilitated by Rachel Sussman 

JUNE 5 - Masi Asare and the Bengsons, with conversation facilitated by Mei Ann Teo 

JUNE 6 - Preston Max Allen and Troy Anthony, with conversation facilitated by Anne Kauffman 

JUNE 10 - Rona Siddiqui and Jillian Walker, with conversation facilitated by Natasha Sinha 

JUNE 12 - Michelle Rodriguez and Lila Blue, with conversation facilitated by Leigh Silverman

New Songs Now is an unplugged concert series that gives inventive songwriters the opportunity to test out new material in a low-key, fun environment. We believe in creating a space for innovative artists to try out risky new material, and New Songs Now does just that. Each night, composers share selections of their work, followed by a conversation with the artists to demystify the songwriting process.


Women-Led. Female Leads. Girl Power since 2005. Founded by Executive Producer Abigail Rose Solomon, ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS INC. is a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated producer of new and classic work on and Off-Broadway as well as regionally. Currently, on Broadway, the company is a co-producer of the seven-time Tony-nominated The Prom and the revival of King Lear, featuring Tony-winner Glenda Jackson in the title role. Past Broadway shows include Three Tall Women and The Miracle Worker. The company was also Producing Associate on War Paint.  Off-Broadway, the company Associate Produced the World Premiere of My Lingerie Play with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and was lead producer of the New York Premiere of The Last Seder, the New York Premiere of A Splintered Soul, and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo.  In Los Angeles, the company was lead producer of Misalliance, Proof, the World Premiere of Stages, and co-produced an all-female As You Like It with Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Rosalind Productions focuses on stories with female-identified characters who drive the main storyline, or with female-identified actors playing cis-male roles. Our goal is to entertain, empower, and enlighten audiences. Facebook/Instagram @RosalindProductions  Twitter @RosalindProds

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7:00 PM19:00



Excerpts of New Work by Rattlestick Alumni Artists


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Alumni Jam is super-snazzy evening where 5 Rattlestick Alumni playwrights - Jesse Eisenberg, Halley Feiffer, Sam Hunter, Diana Oh and Ren Santiago, will share a sneak preview of super-secret upcoming projects. This year’s alumni jam will be hosted by Kyra Sedgwick.

We do this Alumni Jam annually so we can raise a little money while we celebrate our powerful Rattlestick alumni artists, and to pull our audiences into new and yet-to-be-helmed pieces.


In Hunter’s Greater Clements, in rural Idaho near an abandoned mine with a history of fatal accidents sits Maggie's small mining museum in its final days of being open to the public. When a man and his granddaughter arrive at the museum for a tour, long-buried hope and shame from both Maggie's personal past and the history of this recently--and controversially--unincorporated town are resurrected. The cast will include Lewiston/Clarkston actors Edmund Donovan and Kristen Griffith, as well as Angela Reed. This excerpt will be directed by Kyra Sedgwick.

Eisenberg will perform The Ziegfeld Files, about a new father, struggling to connect to his child, who is sent to a therapist who tasks him with keeping a diary to better understand his emotions.

Feiffer’s The Agonist follows Marian, the glamorous (and much younger) wife of celebrated novelist Pete Lubevitch: an identity she was more or less at peace with... until her husband gets diagnosed with ALS. As Pete gets sicker, Marian decides to hire a home health aide -- a decision that unexpectedly turns all three of their lives upside down. The cast will include Maria Dizzia (In the Next Room), Dan Oreskes (Oslo, Happy Talk). This excerpt will be directed by Kyra Sedgwick.

Diana Oh is a witch. She knows it. So do her closest friends. Clairvoyance runs in her family. She went to a spiritual counselor in the jungle in Thailand, and the spiritual counselor told her to sing and go wild in Boston. Everything else the spiritual counselor said came true, so Diana is doing it. Clairvoyance features Oh and Matt Park ({my lingerie play}).

Santiago’s The Siblings Play delves deep into the psyche of a teenage girl and her two brothers, who have been left to raise one another 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, as well as explores the complexity of growing up with parents who are too young to be parents in the first place. The cast will include Edison Ventura Mata and Kara Young. This excerpt will be directed by Jenna Worsham.

Our Production Stage Manager for Alumni Jam will be Katie Young.

2019 Line-Up

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

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to May 19


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
In Association with
ShadowCatcher Entertainment
Presents the World Premiere of:



By Cori Thomas
Directed by Kent Gash

April 17-May 19, 2019 

Presented in Partnership with Drama Club, Fortune Society, NYC Together, PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program, Project Liberation, and Rehabilitation Through the Arts.

Set Design: Jason Sherwood
Costume Design: Kara Harmon
Lighting Design: Dawn Chiang
Sound Design: Justin Ellington
Dramaturg: Ignacia Delgado

C.O.: Eric Berryman*
Clue: Curt Morlaye
Wise: Keith Randolph Smith
Ernie: Zenzi Williams

Production Stage Manager: Genevieve Ortiz
Assistant Stage Manager: P. Tyler Britt
Production Manager: Jenny Beth Snyder
Technical Director: Aaron Gonzalez

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.


“Lockdown” is capaciously compassionate, with excellent performances... a rare night at the theater, and a valuable one." - The New York Times

"Directed with nuance and empathy by Kent Gash for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Cori Thomas’s beautifully structured play is a resonant demonstration of the inseparability of the personal from the political. Thomas has a great ear for prison folkways without ever seeming sociological about it. If the leads are magnetic, so are the supporting actors: Eric Berryman, as an officious newbie corrections officer, and Curt Morlaye, as a young inmate trapped between “hood rules” and prison regulations."
- The New Yorker

"At the Rattlestick Theater, with a towering and majestic performance by Keith Randolph Smith in the central role,  LOCKDOWN is electrifying and compelling... I have worked with and befriended men and women coming out of prison for more than five decades so I was not surprised by the humanity and emotional accessibility revealed in Wise’s persona... With Mr Smith’s heart-breaking revelation of Wise, Cori Thomas has succeeded, giving dramatic significance to abandoned souls."
-David Rothenberg, The Fortune Society

Lockdown was commissioned by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater with support from The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Lockdown is supported by The David Rockefeller Fund, The Tow Foundation, and The SHS Foundation.

*On the following dates, the role of C. O. will be played by Reynaldo Piniella:
Sunday May 5th @ 2PM
Monday, May 6th @ 11AM
Friday May 10th @ 2PM
Sunday May 12th @ 2PM
Thursday, May 16 @11AM
Friday May 17th @ 2PM
Friday May 17th @ 7PM
Saturday May 18th @ 7PM
Sunday May 19th @ 2PM

Video by Zanni Productions

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to Feb 17


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

The World Premiere of


By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Daniel Talbott

January 16 - February 17, 2019

Please note that THE CONVENT is being performed uptown at the 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: Rachel Gross

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.


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.

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

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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to Dec 16


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Presents:

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By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Davis McCallum


October 10 - December 16, 2018
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


“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

Heidi Armbruster
Edmund Donovan
Noah Robbins

Arnie Burton
Kristin Griffith
Leah Karpel

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.



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.


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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  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

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THE POINT: A Climate Week NYC 2018 Affiliate Event
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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A Climate Week NYC 2018 Affiliate Event

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

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

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


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