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We believe in ambition, provocation, and conversation.
Launching the careers of some of the American Theater's most notable playwrights.
“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.”
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.
Directed By: Kent Gash (Barbeque)
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.