While rumors swirl about whether Jesse Eisenberg will re-team with his “Squid and the Whale” director, Noah Baumbach, for a new film, that much-in-demand “Social Network” star has confirmed another project that will require more than the minimum amount of his attention.
Mr. Eisenberg, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as the Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network,” will have his play “Asuncion” presented by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater as part of its 2011-12 season and will be part of its cast, the theater company said on Thursday.
Mr. Eisenberg’s play chronicles two friends – Edgar, who keeps a blog that condemn American imperialism, and Vinny, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in black studies – whose self-perceived open-mindedness is put to the test when a Filipina woman named Asuncion becomes their roommate. Mr. Eisenberg will portray Edgar (the blogger, of course) and Kip Fagan will direct the play, which will be presented at the Cherry Lane Theater. Performances are to begin on Oct. 12 with an opening night scheduled for Oct. 27; additional cast members are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The theater company’s season will open with a new play by Dan Klores, the publicist turned filmmaker and playwright, about Mike McAlary, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist. This play, tentatively titled “The Wood,” will be directed by David Bar Katz. Performances are to begin at the Rattlestick’s regular home on Aug. 31, opening night is Sept. 8.
Other productions planned for the coming season include “Horsedreams” by Dael Orlandersmith, about a family dealing with addiction issues (opening Nov. 17); “Yosemite,” by Daniel Talbott, about three siblings in the Sierra Nevada woods (opening Jan. 26); “Massacre (Sing to the Children)” by José Rivera, about friends planning a murder in a small New Hampshire town (opening April 12); and “3C” by David Adjmi, a black comedy about a Vietnam veteran and the two women whose kitchen he wakes up in after a hard-partying evening (opening June 14).