Rattlestick's THE FEW Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long present the New York premiere of The Few, written by Samuel D. Hunter and directed by Davis McCallum, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place. The official opening night is set for tonight, May 8 at 7pm; The Few is scheduled to run through Sunday, June 8.
Four years ago Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers. Now he's returned--with no word of where he's been--and things have changed. His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads. As he considers giving up for good, Bryan searches for what he couldn't find on the road: a way to keep faith in humanity.
Samuel D. Hunter's plays include The Whale (2013 Drama Desk Award, 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for Playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), and his newest plays, The Few, A Great Wilderness and Rest. His plays have been produced by theaters such as Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Rep, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, Victory Gardens, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, and Page 73. His work has been developed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, and elsewhere. Sam is the winner of a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, and the 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship. He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a Core Member of The Playwrights' Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and was a 2013 Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.
David McCallum NEW YORK: Quiara Hudes' Water By The Spoonful (Second Stage, 2012 Pulitzer Prize), Sam Hunter's The Whale (Playwrights Horizons; 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play), Gabe Kahane and Seth Bockley's February House (Public Theater), Andy Bragen's This Is My Office (Play Company), Sarah Ruhl and Todd Almond's Melancholy Play (13P), Hunter's A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort; Drama Desk Nominations for Best Play and Best Director) and Five Gencoides (Clubbed Thumb), Greg Moss's punkplay (Clubbed Thumb), Chuck Mee's Queens Boulevard (Signature Theater), Quiara Hudes' Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue (P73; Pulitzer Prize Finalist), Henry IV, Part One (The Pearl), Henry V (New Victory), Jane Eyre, The Tempest, The Turn Of The Screw (The Acting Company). REGIONAL: the Guthrie, the Old Globe, Humana, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, Alliance, Chautauqua, the O'Neill, Playmakers Rep, Two River, New York Stage & Film, others. OTHER: Drama League Alum; NEA/TCG Career Development Program; Boris Sagal Fellowship; Princess Grace Honoree.
Gideon Glick (Matthew) B'way:Julie Taymor's Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark 1.0, Spring Awakening (original cast). Off B'way: Jack in Into The Woods (Public/ Delacorte Theater), Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC Theater), Speech and Debate (Roundabout Theater), Spring Awakening (Atlantic Theater). Regionally he has worked at Fringe NYC, Culture Project, Ensemble Studio Theater, Prince Music Theater, Wilma Theater, and appeared in the world premiere of The Few at The Old Globe. Film: One Last Thing..., A Case of You, Gods Behaving Badly, Song One. TV: "Devious Maids" (recur).Webseries: It Could Be Worse.
Michael Laurence (Bryan) Theatre credits include Talk Radio (Broadway), Appropriate (Signature), The Few (Old Globe), The Morini Strad (Primary Stages), Desire Under the Elms (Broadway), Opus (Primary Stages), Horsedreams (Rattlestick), Diary of a Teenage Girl (New Georges/3LD), Two Rooms (Platform Group), Lydie Breeze (NYTW), Tooth of Crime (Signature), Book of Days (Signature), John Proctor in The Crucible (Hartford Stage), Mikey Dillon in Good People (Huntington), Starbuckin The Rainmaker (Arena), Eric Bogosian's Humpty Dumpty (McCarter), Seattle Rep,Shakespeare Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Westport, Wilma, Humana, others.He is the playwright/performer of the solo-play Krapp,39 (Soho Playhouse-NY/ Tristan Bates-London/ Drama Desk nomination), and the duologue Hamlet In Bed (upcoming.)His television credits include The Heart She Holler (series regular), Damages (recurring), The Good Wife, Elementary, Person Of Interest, Third Watch, Johnny Zero, FX, GhostStories, As the World Turns, and What's Not To Love? for SHOWTIME.His film credits include One For the Money, Man On A Ledge, A Walk In The Park, TheOperator, Follow Me Outside, Room314, Escape Artists, Claire Dolan, Love God, Particles of Truth, other indies.
Tasha Lawrence (QZ) Broadway: Wilder Wilder Wilder, (dir. Ed Berkley) Good People, (dir. Daniel Sullivan). Proof, (nat'l tour, dir. Daniel Sullivan). Off-Broadway/regional: Lucy Thurber's Ashville (dir. Karen Allen). Sam Hunter's The Whale, (Drama Desk Nomination, Dir. Davis McCallum). Keith Reddin's Human Error (dir. Tracey Brigden). Daisy Foote's Bhutan, (dir. Evan Ynoulis). Dangerous Liasons, (dir. Daniel Goldstein) Betrayal, (dir. Ken Kimmons). Theresa Rebeck's Bad Dates ( dir. Alice Jankell). Craig Wright's The Pavilion, (dir. Lucy Tiberghen). Drama Department's June Moon, ( dir. Mark Nelson). Film/television: Hangnail ( Slamdance 2011). Pooka (dir. Murray Loeffler) Romance and Cigarettes,(dir. John Turturro), Law and Order (classic, criminal intent & SVU), Third Watch (recurring), Deadline, Kevin Hill, Royal Pains, Life of Boys, The Line (ACTRA, Geminii Nominations, Best Actress).
The set design for The Few is by Dane Laffrey; costume design is by Jessica Pabst; lighting design is by Eric Southern; sound design is by Daniel Kluger; properties design is by Andrew Diaz. The production manager is Eugenia Furneaux; the production stage manager is Katie Young.
Rattlestick Playrights Theateris a multi-award-winning company that has produced over sixty world premieres in the past eighteen seasons and was the recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award for developing new and innovative work. 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, That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play, 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, 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, Asuncion, Horsedreams, Yosemite, Massacre (Sing to Your Children), 3C, Through the Yellow Hour, A Summer Day, The Revisionist starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jesse Eisenberg, Buyer & Cellar (2013 Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance), Basilica, Charles Ives Take Me Home, The Hilltown Plays, 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).
The Few plays Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 7pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm; Saturday at 3pm at 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South. Individual tickets are now available and may be purchased at www.rattlestick.org or by phoning OvationTix at 866.811.4111. Individual tickets are $55, Student tickets are $10, and Under-30 tickets are $15.