Jesse Eisenberg's THE REVISIONIST and More Set for Rattlestick Playwrights Season

BASILICA
Written by Mando Alvarado; directed by Jerry Ruiz
May 1 – June 16; opening scheduled for May 16
At the Cherry Lane Theatre
In South Texas, two things loom large—the Catholic Church and Texas pride—and Joe Garza, a strong, hard-working man, embodies one more than the other. But when he learns that Gilbert Gonzalez has returned as the new pastor at the basilica, Joe's confronted with the choices he made in life and questions the past the only way he knows how—with anger, pride, and a biting tongue.

Mando Alvarado is an award winning playwright/screenwriter. His plays A King of Infinite Stage and Sangre were produced by NYC SummerStage and he wrote the book for the bilingual musical A Yellow Brick Road that premiered at the Lortel for TheaterWorks USA. His first feature film, Cruzando, which he co-wrote and co-directed is available on DVD and was distributed by Vanguard Cinema. Alvarado’s play Post No Bills was produced by Rattlestick.

CHARLES IVES TAKE ME HOME
Written by Jessica Dickey; Directed by Daniella Topol
May 29 – July 13; opening scheduled for June 13
At Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
When a father's love of music clashes with his daughter's passion for basketball, modernist composer Charles Ives is the perfect referee. Charles Ives Take Me Home is a comedic and poignant story of dissonance, defense, and devotion.

Jessica Dickey received a Susan Blackburn Prize nomination for Charles Ives Take Me Home. She made her playwriting debut with her hit one-woman show The Amish Project, which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. The Amish Project has since been produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Rattlestick, the American Theater Company (Chicago), the City Theatre (Pittsburgh), and internationally. Her newest play, Row After Row, has a scheduled production in Tucson next spring.

Also on the Rattlestick stage next season (January 8 – February 24) is The Amoralists production of the world premiere of Collision, written by Lyle Kessler and directed by Terry Kinney. In a college dormitory somewhere in the heart of America, three students, a professor, and a stranger collide in this dark comedy of emotions on the edge of the abyss.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is a multi-award-winning company which has produced over fifty world premieres in the past sixteen seasons and was the recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award for its work developing new and innovative work.

Rattlestick's Advisory Board participates in The Emerging Playwrights Project, which matches a new playwright with an established artist for an experienced eye and creative support. Playwright and artist mentors have included Edward Albee, Jon Robin Baitz, Zoe Caldwell, Arthur Kopit, Craig Lucas, Joe Mantello, Terrence McNally and Marsha Norman. Previous plays include Two Boys in a Bed, Message to Michael, Carpool, Volunteer Man, A Trip to the Beach, Ascendancy, Stuck, Vick's Boy, The Messenger, Saved or Destroyed, Neil's Garden, My Special Friend, Faster, Bliss, St. Crispin's Day, Where We're Born, Five Flights, Boise, Finer Noble Gases, God Hates The Irish: The Ballad of Armless Johnny, Miss Julie, Acts of Mercy: passion-play, Cagelove, It Goes Without Saying, Dark Matters, Stay, American Sligo, Rag and Bone, War, Geometry of Fire, That Pretty Pretty; or The Rape Play, The Amish Project, Killers and Other Family, Post No Bills, Blind, Little Doc, underneathmybed, There Are No More Big Secrets, The Hallway Trilogy, Carson McCullers Talks About Love, The Wood, the Off-Broadway GLAAD Award-nominated hit The Last Sunday in June, Craig Wright's The Pavilion (Drama Desk nominee - Outstanding Play of 2005) and Lady (Drama Desk nominee - Outstanding Play of 2008), as well as The Aliens by Annie Baker (2010 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play).

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