“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.”
LEWISTON & CLARKSTON
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.
LOCKDOWN (World Premiere)
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.