Rattlestick Playwrights Theater announces 2021-22 lineup
The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced its lineup for upcoming 2021-22 productions.
Thanks to hybrid seats (in person and virtual), the venue will bring the theater back to the main stage with three exciting productions this fall: Ni Mi Madre by Arturo Luís Soria, In the Southern Breeze by Mansa Ra and Addressless by Martin Boross.
The company chose these pieces because they have deep connections to its mission to produce works that will lead to positive social change. They embody their core values of community, equity, empowerment and artistic freedom and the artists who create these works are committed to producing in innovative ways that allow audiences to engage both in person and online. .
In a typical season, Rattlestick produces two works on the main stage. However, they expanded to three works in 2021-2022 in order to honor commitments to productions planned before the pandemic while continuing to engage with new relevant pieces.
Learn more about https://www.rattlestick.org/2021-2022-season-announcement.
Check out the full lineup below!
Ni Mi Madre
by Arturo Luís Soria, Directed by Danilo Gambini
(August 14 to September 19, 2021 – Presented in person and live)
Inspired by the tradition of the Umbanda ritual, music by Gloria Estefan, Cher and Maria Bethânia, Ni Mi Madre invites audiences into the tumultuous relationship between a larger-than-life Brazilian woman, Bete, and her queer son. Ni Mi Madre explores the intersection between queerness and Latinidad, while laying bare the secrets, memories, fears and celebrations of being an immigrant and a first generation American. Directed by Rattlestick Director Danilo Gambini and in partnership with community organizations Sol Project and Group.BR, this is a world premiere production of this solo show for this accomplished actor and first-time writer, and the director’s first professional production in the United States
In the southern breeze
by Mansa Ra (Jiréh Breon Holder), Directed by Christopher Betts
(November 3 to December 12, 2021 – presented both in person and virtually)
Centering the experience of black men across centuries of American history, this absurd drama follows five men who meet in the afterlife after their murders. Rattlestick first performed a reading of this play at their new theater festival in 2018, and presented a virtual workshop in August 2020 led by Christopher Betts, followed by a community conversation moderated by Robert Pollock.
written by Hungarian artist Martin Boross and Jonathan Payne
(presented virtually in January / February 2022)
An interactive theatrical game in which the audience directly encounters the complex challenges of homelessness. The audience is invited to follow a character and make a series of decisions: will their character sleep on the streets or sleep in an inn? Are they going to ask people for money or try to find work? While some decisions can earn the character money, they can also impact their life expectancy and physical well-being. Rattlestick has been working with Boross since 2019 to develop this piece for New York audiences and now for an online format. The pandemic has been particularly devastating for New York’s homeless population, and Boross’s play addresses this growing problem in a way that actively engages audiences while challenging prevailing stereotypes and fostering empathy.
Community, Conversation and Creativity Rattlestick runs several additional programs created to support artists and new work while expanding their artist and audience base. These initiatives have developed Rattlestick’s engagement with artists and audiences around the world. Over the coming year, they are committed to continuing and expanding many of these programs, including the annual New Songs Now program designed to demystify the songwriting process and give songwriters a chance to share their work in progress; Global Gab, a monthly series of cross-cultural conversations addressing topical issues for immigrant artists; Open Play, a monthly series giving any artist of any discipline a chance to share five minutes of work; as well as other special projects, workshops and readings of new plays. Taking place both online and in person, these programs create an important space for our communities to come together, craft new pieces and make connections.