Rattestick Playwright Theatre’s production of The Revisionist, written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, opens today, February 28 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Tony Award winner Vanessa Regrave also stars.
The Revisionist tells the story of David (Jesse Eisenberg) traveling to Poland with a crippling case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria (Vanessa Redgrave) welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that test their ideas of what it means to be a family. The play also features Dan Oreskes.
Kip Fagan directs the drama, which will play through March 31, 2013.
Last season, Jesse Eisenberg starred in his play Asuncion for the Rattestick Playwrights Theater. For his performance, he was nominated for a Drama League Award, though he may be best known for his Oscar nominated performance in “The Social Network.” Eisenberg has also appeared in the films “The Squid and the Wale” and “Roger Dodger” and is a contributing writer for McSweeney’s.
Vanessa Redgrave was last seen on Broadway alongside James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy (2010), for which she earned a Tony Award nomination. She earned a Tony Award for her performance in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2003) and an additional nomination for The Year of Magical Thinking (2007). Redgrave has an Academy Award for “Julia” and nominations for “Howard’s End,” “The Bostonians,” “Mary,” “Queen of Scots,” “Isadora” and “Morgan.”
The Revisionist has four scheduled talkbacks throughout its run. Audience members can ask questions of the actors and creative team. Each event will have a theme and facilitator.
- Thursday, February 21
- Thursday, March 7
- Thursday, March 21
- Thursday, March 28
The Revisionist has scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Bart Fasbender and property design by Andrew Diaz.