Middle Voice at Rattlestick, the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, presents: THE ENCLAVE
Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday & Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Saturday at 3pm
General Admission $15
Box Office: 212-627-2556
Donnie - John J. Concado
Cassie - Joslyn Defreece
Ben - Dan Domingues
Oliver - David Greenspan
Roy Lee - Alexander Lambie
Eleanor - Eve Lindley
Janet - Lisa Purrone
Wyman - Anthony Ritosa
Bruno - Mike Turner
Set Designer - Alexander Woodward
Lighting Designer - Jennifer Fok
Costumes Designer - Anna Blazer
Sound Designer - Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation has awarded The Arthur Laurents Centennial Grant to Middle Voice at Rattlestick to revive Arthur Laurents’ The Enclave. The play, first produced in 1973, exposes hypocrisy and heartbreak among a liberal group of friends when one of their own reveals a long-concealed secret about his lifestyle. The New York Times described The Enclave as: [...] an attractively hard-edged style, with jokes cracking like ice in extra-dry martinis."
A group of congenial friends have restored several adjoining houses in one of New York's more attractive neighborhoods, and plan to move in en masse—setting up an urban enclave. However, one of their number, a confirmed bachelor, has resolved to confront the others with the fact of his long-concealed homosexuality and to bring along his young male lover as a permanent addition to the group. Although his educated, liberal friends have always prided themselves on their tolerance and openmindedness, they are outraged, and the enclave itself is imperiled. But as, in the developing crisis, the particular nature of each other character is exposed and explored, it is evident that they are not above reproach themselves—and the ultimate lesson of the play is one of forbearance and understanding and the need for fairness in judging those whose lifestyle may diverge from the conventional.
*This production is fully supported by a generous grant from the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation’ and The Arthur Laurents Centennial Award. April 2018.