Photo Flash: Seth Numrich, Daniel Talbott and More at Rattlestick's SLIPPING Opening Night Party in LA
Considered one of off-Broadway's most respected companies, the OBIE Award-winning Rattlestick is proud to be presenting its first Los Angeles production. A coming-of-age story, Slipping features Seth Numrich (Broadway's War Horse, Golden Boy), in the lead role of Eli, a gay high school senior.
Slipping is the coming-of-age story of Eli. Alone, numb, and friendless after the death of his father, high school senior Eli moves with his English professor mom from San Francisco for a fresh start in Iowa. A new relationship with a boy at school exposes him again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it.
The cast of Slipping is MacLeod Andrews (Slipping in New York, Too Much Memory at piece by piece/Rising Phoenix Rep); Maxwell Hamilton (professional stage debut, UCLA productions of RENT and Neon Boneyard); Seth Numrich (Golden Boy, War Horse, The Merchant of Venice on Broadway, Iphigenia at Signature, the New York production of Slipping); Wendy vanden Heuvel (Resurrection Blues by Arthur Miller at the Guthrie Theater, Counting The Ways/Talk To Me Like the Rain... at the Magic Theatre, A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White at Signature).
The Slipping set design is by John McDermott; costume design is by Rachel Myers; lighting design by Leigh Allen; sound design by Janie Bullard; video and projection design is by Kaitlyn Pietras; property design is by Timm Carney. Slipping's Los Angeles casting director is Mark Bennett; assistant director is Sarah Haught; producing for Rattlestick in LA are Addie Johnson-Talbott and Gaalan Michaelson. Jeanie Hackett is Rattlestick's Los Angeles consultant.
Slipping, which was originally workshopped and developed at London's Royal Court Theatre and Rattlestick, received its world premiere at Chicago's The Side Project, directed by Adam Webster. For its New York premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater under the direction of Kirsten Kelly it featured MacLeod Andrews, Adam Driver (currently starring in HBO's Girls), Meg Gibson, and Seth Numrich. The critically acclaimed, sold-out New York production was named one of the top ten plays of 2009 by The Advocate.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater - Based in New York's West Village, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents diverse, challenging, and often-controversial plays that otherwise might not be produced, in order to foster the future of American theater. The multi-award-winning company - which produces both at its home on Waverly Place and at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre just a few blocks away - is the recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award, which recognized the organization for its work and mission: developing and producing innovative new plays.
Well-known as one of the most-respected off-Broadway theater companies, Rattlestick is a playwrights' theater that seeks out unique voices and excellence in the craft. The organization's focus is on getting bold new works up and out to the public. Rattlestick is interested in stories that are human and honest - stories that provoke audiences to think. By guaranteeing a second production, Rattlestick gives its playwrights permission to take chances and, potentially, even to fail. In creating an atmosphere that fosters risk-taking, Rattlestick encourages playwrights to challenge themselves to realize their full creative potential.
With a core operational focus of launching mainstage off-Broadway productions, Rattlestick has produced over 60 world premieres in the past 17 seasons. Now in its 18th season, Rattlestick continues to introduce new writers. Playwright and artist mentors have included Edward Albee, Jon Robin Baitz, Zoe Caldwell, Arthur Kopit, Craig Lucas, Joe Mantello, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, and Adam Rapp. Highly acclaimed past productions include: Volunteer Man (OBIE Award), Saved or Destroyed (OBIE Award), Faster, The Last Sunday in June (GLAAD Award nomination), The Pavilion (Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play of 2005) God Hates the Irish: The Ballad of Armless Johnny (Drama Desk Award nomination), Lady (Drama Desk Award nomination), That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play, The Amish Project, Slipping, Killers and Other Family, Post No Bills, and The Aliens (OBIE Award).
Rattlestick's current season features daring new works by Adam Rapp, Jon Fosse, Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Tolins, Mando Alvarado, Jessica Dickey, and Lyle Kessler. Currently running at New York's Cherry Lane Theatre is Rattlestick's production of Eisenberg's The Revisionist, in which he co-stars with Vanessa Redgrave.
In bringing Slipping to Los Angeles Rattlestick is exploring the potential for long-term creative collaboration with the local theater, film, and television communities. Rattlestick LA: www.rattlestick.org/rattlestick-la.Photo Credit: Garrett Davis/Capture Imaging
The crowd during the party
Center, cast member Seth Numrich celebrates during the party
Shirley Star, Ivan Davila, Carlos Cisneros and assistant stage manager Lorely Trinidad
David Shofner, actor Brett Donaldson and Ryan Jackson
Deborah Behrens and Bob Verini
Cast members Wyatt Fenner, Maxwell Hamilton and MacLeod Andrews
Cast member MacLeod Andrews
Shana Cooper, Rachel Myers, projection designer Kaitlyn Pietras, Jason Thompson and Kim Jean Taylor
Writer/Director Daniel Talbott , cast member Wendy vanden Heuvel, producer Addie Talbott and publicist Lynn Tejada
The cast and crew of SLIPPING