Mike Daisey's THE STORY OF THE GUN Fires at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater This Weekend

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents Mike Daisey's provocative new monologue The Story of the Gun for three performances only, tonight through Saturday, November 3 through 5, at 8:00pm at the Rattlestick, at 224 Waverly Place.

In The Story of the Gun, Mr. Daisey tackles his most provocative subject yet: our tortured national relationship with guns. Throwing away easy answers and partisan bickering, Daisey tells the story of the gun in America: how did it evolve as a weapon? What has gun ownership meant in our history? What does it mean for us as a people now? The debate over guns has never been more rancorous as Mr. Daisey cuts through the political static with a blend of hilarious comedy, brilliant observation, and pitch-perfect timing.

Daniella Topol, Artistic Director of Rattlestick, says of Mr. Daisey and the show, "It is time for the theater to respond to our national gun crisis and the person to tell that searing story is Mike Daisey. Rattlestick is an intimate theater, and the audience will inevitably have an intense experience with Mike exploring this volatile issue."

Mike Daisey says, "Daniella's passion and drive are amazing to witness. I'm excited to work with her as she begins leading the Rattlestick community into a new era."

Mike Daisey has been hailed "the master storyteller"' and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" by The New York Times. He has toured across five continents, ranging from remote islands in the South Pacific to the Sydney Opera House to abandoned theaters in post-Communist Tajikistan. He's been a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher, the Late Show with David Letterman, a longtime host and storyteller with The Moth, as well as a commentator and contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper's Magazine, Newsweek, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, NPR and the BBC. In a brief, meteoric career with This American Life the two episodes dedicated to him are among the most listened to and argued about in that program's history. Mr. Daisey has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, two Drama League Awards, and is the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, six Seattle Times Footlight Awards, the Sloan Foundation's Galileo Prize, and a MacDowell Fellowship.

For The Story of the Gun ticket reservations and information, call 212-627-2556, or visit the website at www.rattlestick.org.

The mission of RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE is to develop and produce diverse and challenging plays that otherwise might not be produced and to foster the future voices of American theater. We have produced the first plays and the early works of some of today's leading voices, including Annie Baker (The Aliens), Sheila Callaghan (That Pretty Pretty), Jesse Eisenberg (The Revisionist), Samuel D. Hunter (The Few), Adam Rapp (The Hallway Trilogy), Lucy Thurber (The Hilltown Plays). This season includes: Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl, in a co-production with P73, and Martin Zimmerman's Seven Spots on the Sun, in partnership with The Sol Project, the Amoralists' production of Ken Urban's Nibbler.

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