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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.


Earlier Event: September 23
Later Event: January 16