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Jesse Eisenberg’s “Asuncion” extends – Performances to continue at the Cherry Lane thru December 18

Rick Miramontez / Richard Hillman
rick@oandmco.com / richard@oandmco.com


“A S U N C I O N”


New York, NY – (11/7/11) Rattlestick Playwrights Theater announced today that its world premiere of Asuncion, the new comedy written by and starring Academy Award-nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), will extend its run at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street). Originally scheduled to close on November 27, Asuncion will now play an additional three weeks and conclude following the Sunday, December 18th performance.

In Asuncion, 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. This hilarious and heartbreaking new play explores the complicated ways we exploit culture and politics for our own needs.

Joining Mr. Eisenberg are Remy Auberjonois, Justin Bartha and Camille Mana making her Off-Broadway debut in the title role. Performances began at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) on October 12 and it officially opened on October 27. Kip Fagan directs.

The performance schedule is: Tuesday – Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ovation Tix at 212-352-3101, or online at Rattlestick.org, or in person at The Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street) box office. Students (with valid ID) may purchase $20 tickets (limited to 2) and non-students under the age of 30 (ID required) may purchase $25 tickets in person at the box office 45 minutes prior to each performance. Tickets are based on availability on a first come, first served basis. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 4pm to 8pm, Saturday from 4pm to 8pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is a multi-award-winning company which has produced over fifty world premieres in the past sixteen seasons and was the recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award for its work developing new and innovative work. Rattlestick’s Advisory Board participates in The Emerging Playwrights Project, which matches a new playwright with an established artist for an experienced eye and creative support. Playwright and artist mentors have included Edward Albee, Jon Robin Baitz, Zoe Caldwell, Arthur Kopit, Craig Lucas, Joe Mantello, Terrence McNally and Marsha Norman. Previous plays include Two Boys in a Bed, Message to Michael, Carpool, Volunteer Man, A Trip to the Beach, Ascendancy, Stuck, Vick’s Boy, The Messenger, Saved or Destroyed, Neil’s Garden, My Special Friend, Faster, Bliss, St. Crispin’s Day, Where We’re Born, Five Flights, Boise, Finer Noble Gases, God Hates The Irish: The Ballad of Armless Johnny, Miss Julie, Acts of Mercy: passion-play, Cagelove, It Goes Without Saying, Dark Matters, Stay, American Sligo, Rag and Bone, War, Geometry of Fire, That Pretty Pretty; or The Rape Play, The Amish Project, Killers and Other Family, Post No Bills, Blind, Little Doc, underneathmybed, There Are No More Big Secrets, The Hallway Trilogy, Carson McCullers Talks About Love, The Wood, the Off-Broadway GLAAD Award-nominated hit The Last Sunday in June, Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Drama Desk nominee – Outstanding Play of 2005) and Lady (Drama Desk nominee – Outstanding Play of 2008), as well as The Aliens by Annie Baker (2010 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play).

What the critics are saying about ASUNCION….

“A quirky, highly entertaining and wonderfully acted play…”
Associated Press

“Mr. Eisenberg writes lively dialogue that strikes plenty of comic sparks…Under the direction of Kip Fagan, the actors have perfect rapport…”
The New York Times

“Entire seasons have been known to fly by without a new playwright to celebrate. Now we have…Jesse Eisenberg…”

“A funny and insightful character study…staged with just the right amount of zip and zing…a sharp satire on political correctness”

“Eisenberg has a great energy on stage, and displays a natural sense of interplay with [Justin] Bartha.”

“On his way to becoming the Gen Y Woody Allen…Eisenberg draws his minutely observed characters with precision, honesty and grudging empathy, and he sets them in motion to hilarious effect with an undertone of sadness.”

“It spotlights Eisenberg’s comic gifts as actor and author…He proves himself a keen marksman when it comes to pot shots and punch lines.”
Daily News

“Eisenberg shows a flair for dialogue and structure, plus a spiky comic perspective and a willingness to get ugly…”
The Hollywood Reporter

“An enjoyable night of theater with plenty of laughs…”
Broadway World