Lewiston/Clarkston
Oct
10
to Dec 2

Lewiston/Clarkston

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents:

LEWISTON/CLARKSTON

By Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Davis McCallum

October 10 - December 2, 2018

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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 and the W Trust. Rattlestick gratefully acknowledges the additional support of LEWISTON/CLARKSTON by Doug Nevin and Lee Stump.

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

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Jul
22
to Jul 26

New Songs Now

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in partnership with Rosalind Productions Inc., and in association with New Neighborhood, presents:

NEW SONGS NOW

July 22-26, 2018, 7pm
Tickets: $10 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:

JULY 22: Jen Goma & Georgia Stitt with conversation facilitated by Anne Kauffman

JULY 23: Rebecca Hart & Or Matias with conversation facilitated by Lisa Kron

JULY 24: Nehemiah Luckett & Melissa Li with conversation facilitated by Paul Scott Goodman

JULY 25: Simone Allen & Helen Park with conversation facilitated by Natasha Sinha

JULY 26: LPfunK & Lucas Steele with conversation facilitated by Eisa Davis

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.

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ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS INC. Women-Led.  Female Leads.  Girl Power since 2005.  Headed by Abigail Rose Solomon, ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS, INC. is a Tony-Nominated producer of new and classic work on and Off-Broadway, as well as nationally.  Currently, the company is a co-producer of the upcoming new Broadway musical The Prom.  Past Broadway shows include 2018 Tony Award Winning Three Tall Women, War Paint and The Miracle Worker.  Off-Broadway, the company produced the World Premiere of My Lingerie Play (with Rattlestick), the New York Premiere of The Last Seder, New York Premiere of A Splintered Soul and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo. In Los Angeles: Misalliance, Proof, As You Like It and the World Premiere of Stages. The mission of Rosalind Productions is to explore stories in which the female characters are as vital, complex and influential as the male characters, with the goal to entertain, empower and enlighten audiences.  Twitter: @RosalindProds.  Instagram: @RosalindProductions.  www.RosalindProductions.com.

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New Neighborhood is a TV/theater/music/film/dance company whose sincerity and authenticity are so combustible they cannot be housed under one roof for too long without doing severe structural damage. Recent projects include Season One of The Exorcist (produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television); the world premiere of Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s One Night Only (running as long as we can) (presented in association with WP Theater); simultaneous productions of Chekhov's Three Sisters and the world premiere of Aaron Posner's No Sisters (co-produced with Studio Theatre); the west coast and New York premieres of Rolin Jones’s These Paper Bullets! (produced in association with Geffen Playhouse and Atlantic Theater Company); the world premiere of Suzanne Heathcote’s I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (co-produced with Berkshire Theatre Group); the debut album of Honus Honus, Use Your Delusion, and its accompany tour documentary. Upcoming: Will Arbery’s Evanston Salt Costs Climbing at White Heron Theatre on Nantucket, late summer 2018, and a re-imagining of Perry Mason for HBO Television.  newneighborhood.net

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Chant Bank's Resistance Music Camp
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Chant Bank's Resistance Music Camp

Chant Bank, in partnership with St. John’s in the Village and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, invites you to: 

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Come learn new and old songs and chants to recharge the soul, take to the streets, and carry us onward into action! No experience needed!!!

Sunday, July 22

11:00am – 12noon: A Feast of Sacred and Resistance Songs in Harmony
12:00-1:00pm: Light lunch for all in St. John's Courtyard
1:00pm-3:00pm: Chant Bank's Resistance Jamboree #2
(A super fun SING-A-LONG of new and old songs and chants for spreading courage, convictions and joy at the next march AND over the long-haul)

Join us for any of all!

The 11:00 event will be ASL interpreted, the Jamboree will be CART captioned.
All venues are ADA accessible and fully air-conditioned.

 

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Jul
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Djinn

Hypokrit Theater Company's Tamasha in Association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents:

The Djinn

By Diva Mangwani
Directed by Arpita Mukherjee

June 10, 7:30pm

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SYNOPSIS
Sana is waiting for her husband to return. Binish is waiting for her son to return. Waiting. Hoping. As the war rages around them. Through the fire, the djinn appears. And Sana stops waiting.

DIVYA MANGWANI is a playwright from Pune, India, based in New York. She was the founder and Artistic Director of Moonbeam Factory Theatre (MFT), where she wrote and directed plays that were staged all over India, Singapore and Glasgow. Her plays include Yes, Uncle(semi-finalist, Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship 2018; finalist, Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers 2018; finalist WP Lab 2018), Rise of the River (Pipeline Theatre Company), For Sale (Theatre East; Dramawallah Theatre), Turn off the Lights (Earth Day, Blue Frog), Sometimes, Stillness (a dance drama with djembe music) and One, Two, Three (best script, director, play and audience vote, Short+Sweet Festival; World Theatre Day, Khichidi Theatre). Before theatre, Divya worked as a journalist and editor for media houses like ESPN, Times of India, Daily News & Analysis and Crisis Response Journal. She is currently a NYTW Artistic 2050 Fellow, Hypokrit Theatre's Tamasha Festival artist, a Project Y Theatre playwright, and Pipeline Theatre Company's Playlab Fellow. MFA: Tisch, NYU.

HYPOKRIT THEATRE COMPANY
At Hypokrit Theatre Company, our mission is to encourage artistic inquiry by providing artists from minority communities a platform for their voices and work. We work towards shaping and molding the artists of tomorrow by encouraging original and groundbreaking voices that bring an innovative approach to the arts. Hypokrit strives to embody the rich cultural complexity of the world we live in through our work. Our work is culturally specific, but ultimately about the universality of the human experience. We are a company exclusively run by and wholly dedicated to minority communities. Find out more at hypokritnyc.org.

TAMASHA: A SOUTH ASIAN PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Founded in 2016, TAMASHA: A FESTIVAL OF SOUTH ASIAN PERFORMING ARTS, is the only cross-discipline arts festival dedicated to South Asian artists in North America. In 2018-2019, Tamasha is reimagining its structure, featuring 9 South Asian female playwrights with presentations of their work in readings over the course of the year. Each month will feature a Tamasha presentation with the generous support of a different theatre company. Find out more at tamashanyc.org.

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Come to the Fire
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Come to the Fire

First Nations Theater Guild Presents:

COME TO THE FIRE

In association with Eagle Project, First Nations Theater Guild, Indigenous Direction, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

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"For us, by us, never without us."

Thursday, June 21: 7pm-9pm

Join us for an evening about creating and uplifting Indigneous/Native/First Nations voices in the city of NYC. This event will feature a land acknowledgement, conversation, and dialog, and showcase theater makers, designers, dancers, cultural workers, and organizers.

The creators ask: How are we as a community defining theater? What are responses right now in our art making to society? What does being an artist mean to you?

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TheaterJam
May
12
3:00 PM15:00

TheaterJam

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

TheaterJam

May 12, 2018, 3:00pm-9:00pm

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For tickets, click HERE.

TheaterJam is a one-day festival featuring 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 drink beer, meet thrilling new artists, and see bold experiments tested on our stage.

THEATERJAM SCHEDULE

3:00-4:15: Melisa Annis, Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, Vered Hankin, Kristine Haruna Lee, Korde Arrington Tuttle
4:30-5:45: Cusi Cram, nicHi douglas, Winter Miller, Anthony Ritosa,, Dustin Wills
6:00-7:15: Kate Bergstrom, Zoe Rhulen, Ren Dara Santiago, Zohar Tirosh, Daisy Walker
7:30-8:45: Victor Cervantes, Gina Femia, Xavier Galva, Maya Macdonald, James Scruggs


The F*CK!NG GOOD PLAYS FESTIVAL is generously supported by Peter Emch, and is part of Rattlestick's New Voices/New Works Program, presented in partnership with Rosalind Productions, Inc.

 

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F*ck!ng Good Plays Festival
May
7
to May 12

F*ck!ng Good Plays Festival

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

F*ck!ng Good Plays Festival

May 7-11, 2018

 

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For tickets, click here.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Monday, 5/7 at 7:00pm - Keith Josef Adkins’s The Eradication, directed by Candis Jones
Tuesday, 5/8 at 7:00pm - Jiréh Breon Holder’s In the Southern Breeze, directed by LA Williams
Wednesday, 5/9 at 7:00pm - Kia Corthron’s Slingshot, directed by Laurie Woolery
Thursday, 5/10 at 7:00pm - Miranda Rose Hall’s The Hour of Great Mercy, directed by Kevin Hourigan
Friday, 5/11 at 7:00pm - Jaime Jaget’s The Villagers, directed by Jenna Worsham
Saturday, 5/12 at 12:00pm - Basil Kreimendahl’s Sadie River's Drag Ball On The Lawn, directed by Will Davis

Saturday, 5/12, 3:00-9:00pm: THEATERJAM

The F*CK!NG GOOD PLAYS FESTIVAL is generously supported by Peter Emch, and is part of Rattlestick's New Voices/New Works Program, presented in partnership with Rosalind Productions, Inc.

ABOUT THE PLAYS

The Eradication by Keith Josef Adkins.
It’s the year 2021. The president has been assassinated and the country’s in chaos. A rogue and rebel group is also killing Black people. An aging Black man and his adult son barricade themselves in their rural home, anticipating the incoming doom. However, things turn when two teenager show up at their doorstep. We quickly discover the two men must face another danger—the repercussions of their past.
FEATURING: Daniel Davila, Bjorn DuPaty, Doron JéPaul, Kevin Mambo, and Lauren Walker

In the Southern Breeze by Jiréh Breon Holder
When a runaway slave gets lost in a mysterious forest, an Absurdist drama ensues. In the Southern Breeze offers a challenging look at how our society has treated and continues to treat African American men.
FEATURING: McKinley Belcher III, Erron Crawford, Edison Diaz, Jeremy O. Harris, Morocco Omari, and Ruffin Prentiss

Slingshot by Kia Corthron
After a negligent manufacturing defect causes a terrible accident at work, Malik must live with the inevitable consequences. Lawyer Laurel's confident, comfortable life is challenged when she meets Malik’s father Gid. In a nation where lawsuits have been equated with greed, how can Gid attain compensation and justice comparable to human life?
FEATURING: Erron Crawford, Gina Daniels, Ted Deasey, Kevin R Free, Michael Genet, April Matthis, and Gregarious Reid

The Hour of Great Mercy by Miranda Rose Hall
Ed, a Jesuit priest, returns to the icy and isolated community of Bethlehem, Alaska, in a last-ditch effort to reconcile with his estranged family. Upon arrival, he finds a town still shaken by a tragedy that struck five years ago. As Ed and the community test the limits of their capacity to forgive, Ed unexpectedly falls in love with a stranger beneath the starry Alaskan sky.
FEATURING: Charlotte Booker, Lydia Gaston, Michael Laurence, Alfredo Narciso, Tara O'Con, and Richard Topol

The Villagers by Jaime Jaget
Just weeks before leaving for college, Regan runs into Eddie late one night on the shores of their small northeast town. Their encounter pulls her world apart. Now as waves of past and present collide, Regan’s forced to ask the water – can she ever really leave?
FEATURING: Edison Diaz, Grace Fjortik, Leslie Fray, and Joshua Leonard

Sadie River's Drag Ball On The Lawn by Basil Kreimendahl
Sadie River is alive and well in Louisville, Kentucky and she’s sick of being disregarded and poor! The Mother of an unconventional, down-and-out drag house, Sadie takes her family on a tour de force of capitalistic-realness! Can you pass?
FEATURING: Hannah Bos, Paige Gilbert, Nathan Lee Graham, and Nick Lawson

ABOUT THE WRITERS

KEITH JOSEF ADKINS is a playwright, screenwriter and artistic director. Some of his plays include The Fight of a Migrant, The People Before The Park, Pitbulls, Safe House. Keith received Samuel French’s inaugural  Award for Impact and Activism in the Theater Community. He’s a 2015 Helen Merrill Playwright Award recipient and a National Black Theater’s Teer Spirit Awardee.  He’s the artistic director of The New Black Fest, an organization dedicated to new and provocative playwriting and discussion from the African Diaspora. Keith currently writes for Katori Hall’s new TV drama for Starz. He also wrote for Shondaland’s For The People on ABC and CBS’ The Good Fight.  He’s currently developing a feature film.

KIA CORTHRONwas the 2017 resident playwright of Chicago’s Eclipse Theatre. Productions at Playwrights Horizons, BAM, ATL/Humana, EST Marathon, NY Theatre Workshop, Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, NY Stage and Film, Baltimore's Center Stage, Goodman Theatre, MTC, Hartford Stage, London’s Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse. Windham Campbell Prize, USArtists, McKnight National Residency, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit, NEA/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund. TV: The JuryThe Wire. Dramatists Guild Council, New Dramatists alum, Authors Guild. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter was the winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

 

MIRANDA ROSE HALL is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. She has read or developed her work with Rattlestick, The Playwright's Realm, New York Theater Workshop, Woolly Mammoth, Baltimore Center Stage, NNPN, the Kennedy Center, and Orlando Shakespeare Theater. She is resident playwright with LubDub Theatre Co., which is currently developing work with the Orchard Project Greenhouse. She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and currently teaches at Georgetown University.

JIRÉH BREON HOLDER currently serves as the Playwriting Fellow at Emory University. He is an Atlanta area playwright, director, and dramaturg. He is also a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa. His plays include Too Heavy for Your Pocket (Roundabout Theatre Company production, Alliance Theatre production, Kendeda Playwriting Prize, Edgerton Foundation Award, & Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award), The Dancing Granny (Alliance Theatre production), and Some Bodies Travel (co-written with Tori Sampson.) His plays have been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Kennedy Center, Old Globe Theatre, and Yale School of Drama. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama. B.A.: Morehouse College. www.JirehBreonHolder.com

JAIME JAGET is a New York City-based Playwright. Growing up in a small Long Island town, she is interested in the weight of generations. She is the former Managing Director of the Middle Voice at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Writing Credits include: ’94 Letters to Your Father (Theater Jam V, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, dir. Jenna Worsham), SonnyBoy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Shift (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, dir. Jenna Worsham), The Villagers (Middle Voice at Rattlestick) & Mrs. Swenson (Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, dir. Eddie Prunoske).

BASIC KREIMENDAHL is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. His plays have won several awards, including the Rella Lossy Playwright Award and a National Science Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Kreimendahl has been commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions Program, and by Actors Theatre of Louisville. We’re Gonna Be Okay had its world premiere at the 2017 Humana Festival and subsequent productions around the country. Kreimendahl's play Orange Julius was developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and had its New York premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, in a co-production with P73. Kreimendahl’s plays have also been produced or developed by New York Theatre Workshop, Ryder Farm, American Theater Company, Victory Gardens Theater, The Lark, La Jolla Playhouse, and Labyrinth Theater Company. They have been a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow and a McKnight Fellow and received an Art Meets Activism Grant for work with the trans community in Kentucky. Kreimendahl’s work has been published by Dramatic Publishing and HowlRound. They received their M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 2013.

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