to Dec 2


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Presents:


By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Davis McCallum

October 10 - December 2, 2018
Monday, Wednesday-Saturday at 7:00pm
Sunday at 3:00pm
With additional matinees 11/9, 11/16 and 11/30 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. Student tickets available until Nov 19. For Groups of 10 or more, please contact nicHi douglas for more information on Group Rates and Discounts.

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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to Feb 17


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

The World Premiere of

The Convent

By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Daniel Talbott

January 24 - 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.

Casting and ticket information will be announced in coming weeks.

Scenic Design: Raul Abrego
Costume Design: Tristan Raines
Lighting Design: Joel Moritz
Sound Design: Daniel Melnick
Projection Design: Katherine Freer

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

Dickey 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

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to May 19


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Presents
The World Premiere of:


By Cori Thomas
Directed by Kent Gash

April 17-May 19, 2019 

Presented in Partnership with the Fortune Society

Inspired by playwright Cori Thomas's time working with 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 long-term incarceration on a person’s humanity, and juxtaposes that confinement with the emotional imprisonment of a grieving widow.

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.


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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2:00 PM14:00


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
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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