Cherry Lane Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater present:
a reading series
A new series of readings hosted jointly by
the Cherry Lane Alternative and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Location: Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street in the West Village (two blocks below Bleecker)
Tuesday, November 15th 2011, 2pm:
a new play by Lyle Kessler
directed by Terry Kinney
Featuring: John Doman, Jesse Eisenberg, Craig “Mums” Grant,
Will Rogers, and Alexandra Socha
All readings are free. Please make reservations at Rattlestick@gmail.com.
The Off-Broadway world premiere of Asuncion, the new comedy by Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg, has extended its run an additional three weeks of performances through Dec. 18.
Eisenberg (“The Social Network,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “The Village”), who wrote and stars in the play, is joined by Justin Bartha (All New People, Lend Me A Tenor, “The Hangover”). The two play 20-something roommates who share a shabby apartment with a new female roommate.
Kip Fagan (Reborning, That Pretty Pretty…) directs the production for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, which began previews Oct. 12 and officially opened Oct. 27. Performances were originally scheduled to conclude Nov. 27 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Asuncion also features Remy Auberjonois (The Country Girl, Frost/Nixon) as Stuart and Camille Mana (“Smart People,” “One on One”) in her Off-Broadway debut in the title role.
Here’s how Rattlestick describes the play: “Edgar and Vinny are not racist. In fact, Edgar maintains a blog condemning American imperialism and Vinny is three-quarters into a PhD in Black Studies. When a young Filipina woman named Asuncion becomes their new roommate, the pair have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how open minded they truly are.”
The design team includes John McDermott (set design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Ben Station (lighting design), Bart Fasbender (sound design), Andrew Diaz (prop design) and Melissa Mae Gregus (production stage manager).
Visit rattlestick.org. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street.
Director Louis Letterier’s heist-thriller Now You See Me is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated films of 2013. It’s got a stellar cast (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Melanie Laurent), an intriguing/adventurous premise, and magic! Lots and lots of magic. The story centers on a group of magicians who pull off bank heists during their death-defying acts, and the FBI squad tasked with catching them. Today we’ve got the first full synopsis and a promo poster for the pick from the American Film Market, which you can check out after the jump.
The film was written by Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) & Edward Ricourt, Josh Applebaum & Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), and Ed Solomon (Men in Black). Now You See Me opens January 18th, 2013.
Highlights From Asuncion Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha
A 2011 Oscar nominee for his turn as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network,” Jesse Eisenberg tries his hand at playwriting with the comedy Asuncion. Eisenberg also stars as Edgar, an aspiring writer who currently lives on the apartment floor of his former TA, Vinny (Justin Bartha). When his new sister-in-law, a beautiful Filipina woman named Asuncion (Camille Mana), becomes the third roommate, Edgar and Vinny go out of their way to show her how open minded they are — to disastrous results. Directed by Kip Fagan, the show runs through Nov. 27 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Click here to read more about the play.
He’s working with the famous writer/director, but what does Jesse Eisenberg hope Woody Allen never finds out?
It seems with each passing day, Louis Leterrier again raises the stakes on his high concept heist flick “Now You See Me.” With a cast that already includes Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco, it’s now getting a dose of English class.
We’ve confirmed the report from Moviehole that Michael Caine is joining the film. Penned by Boaz Yakin (”Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “Fresh”) and newcomer Edward Ricourt, the story follows a crack FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a super team of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances and shower the profits onto their audiences. We’ve learned that Caine will play the role of Arthur Tressler, the magicians’ sponsor.
There are still more bits and pieces to come on the film so stay tuned. But its certainly gearing up to be one of the more intriguing projects on the horizon. “Now You See Me” will hit theaters on January 18, 2013.
Last week, Asuncion, a new play by Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg, opened at the Cherry Lane Theater in the West Village. Justin Bartha, an actor remarkably adept at playing the straight man with a secretly wicked wit in films like The Hangover, goes against type as Vinnie, the pseudo-intellectual pothead on whose dingy couch Eisenberg’s character crashes. Bartha was unfailingly polite and thorough in an interview conducted while the play was still in previews, but requested that we wait to post it until after the play had opened due to superstition. We discussed his superstitious nature as well as his longtime friendship with Eisenberg, and the “spectacle” of filmmaking.
How did this all begin?
Jesse started writing this a long time ago and we’ve been developing it for many years. We did a reading at a friend’s apartment in Brooklyn, like, five years ago. We would kind of just hang out in my apartment and improv and try to refine the play.
One of the things you hear from actors who have the opportunity to do theater in addition to film work is, ‘theater is so immediate.’ The trajectory you just described sounds like what it takes to get a film made.
It wasn’t like a movie. Jesse and I made a movie called Holy Rollers that was a similar kind of thing, but a lot of that was waiting to see if the money would come in, and seeing if it was ever going to get made. We’re both such huge fans of theater and the theater community, and Jesse’s written another play that’s brilliant, and a musical. Obviously, because of his recent success it was easier to mount the play, but I know — not to speak for him, but no one wanted the play to be mounted just because of the name, or some kind of stature; there was a deliberate choice. The entire thing is so fulfilling, and also being able to do it with one of my close friends, and seeing his dream come true with a play produced, there are just so many beautiful things that are attached to it.
How did you guys become friends?
We met about nine years ago at an audition for a movie that we both didn’t get. I remember it wasn’t a very good movie, and they were doing this screen test where they mix and match different people together. We were sitting in this huge room with all these actors and we just immediately made each other laugh, and that kind of thing. A year went by. We were shooting different movies and we randomly sat next to each other on an airplane back to New York. We’ve been close since.
Do you consider Edgar and Vinnie’s relationship to be homoerotic? Do they have crushes on each other?
There’s a very specific scene in the play that pulls towards that discussion, and I would be lying if I said that in the rehearsal process it wasn’t something that we were aware of. We knew that the question would come up. We didn’t want it to be an off-Broadway show with the token latent sexuality. We didn’t want it to seem too commonplace. We wanted it to be handled in a way that’s exemplary of how issues are brought up in this play: It is extremely subtle at most parts, and extremely over the top at other parts. That’s not just how these characters actually live but it also describes Jesse’s and my viewpoint of life: [life] is extremely subtle at some points, and just hits you over the head at others. You can’t help but look at some people and see a caricature, but obviously under that impression, there are complicated shades of every color. To put it simply, no, they’re not gay, but there is every color in their relationship.
You recently did Zach Braff’s play All New People. Do you feel like young-ish New Hollywood is reaching out to theater lately?
I don’t know if it’s a young Hollywood thing. For me, I’ve always wanted to do theater, so I gravitate toward it. I think for someone like Jesse or Zach, who have always been involved in theater, there is a true love for what theater is, and what the community is. For me personally, it’s the most exhilarating form, especially as films and other mediums get to be more about spectacle and technology. I’ve been very fortunate that I get to be in movies, but it’s very hard to find a great character and do what I love in a movie sometimes. I’ve been able to find great characters that have saved my life, in a sense — which is how I look at theater, literally, as a life saver — and it is the opposite of the trend that is happening in the other mediums, which I’m not saying anything against, but there has to be a balance in that spectrum, and I think that theater is that balance. I think that you’re going to start seeing better and more interesting plays than you have in years because of that push and pull with the other mediums — they’re going more towards technology and away from the seventies. Everyone loves the seventies because that’s when movies were character-based, and you saw great characters and you saw very interesting filmmaking. There are interesting movies being made now, but it’s harder and harder to make them. When you’re talking about pure form, theater is a wonderful outlet.
Monday, October 31
New Halloween Costumes
Cardinals Manager, Tony LaRussa
(World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals)
(CD, “Conditions of My Parole”)
STUNNING in “The Social Network,” Jesse Eisenberg, who wrote and stars in the Cherry Lane’s new excellently received production “Asuncion,” did it again. Backstage, opening night, he remained humble. I said the audience loved him. He answered simply: “Well, they were all invited free.” Nervous? “Some things worked right, some didn’t. Each performance is a little different but, no, I wasn’t nervous. And I won’t know about reviews because I never read anything written about me.
“I hope to stay in this until the end of the year, but we have to see how things work out.” And opening-night party plans? “None. Just going with the cast and my friends for a drink in the neighborhood.”