Every day is opening night.

RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER to present World Premiere of “YOSEMITE” by Daniel Talbott

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


“Y O S E M I T E”


New York, NY (December 15, 2011) – Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere of Yosemite, a new play written by Daniel Talbott (Slipping). The fourth production of the company’s 17th season, Yosemite will begin performances on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Rattlestick Theater (224 Waverly Place – off Seventh Avenue South, between Perry & West 11th Streets).  The official opening night is set for Thursday, January 26th at 7pm.  The production is scheduled to run through February 26th. Pedro Pascal directs.  

Yosemite tells the story of three siblings who are sent out into the snow-silent woods in the Sierra Nevada foothills to dig a hole that will be deep enough to bury a family secret. As they dig, they search for a way to escape or be rescued from their lives as the snow continues to fall and the world sinks in around them.

The cast includes Kathryn Erbe (The Speed of Darkness – Tony nom, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), Noah Galvin (The Burnt Part Boys, Ace), Seth Numrich (War Horse, Blind) and Libby Woodbridge (Jerusalem, Gabriel).

The creative team features Raul Abrego (scenic design), Tristan Raines (costume design), Joel Moritz (lighting design), Janie Bullard (sound design) and Andrew Diaz (properties). Michael Denis is Production Stage Manager and Sam Horwith is Assistant Stage Manager.

The performance schedule is: Wednesday – Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $55 and are available through TicketCentral.com/212- 279-4200. Rattlestick is offering $10 tickets to students (with valid ID) and $15 tickets to patrons under thirty years of age and theater artists.  Information on how to purchase student, under thirty, and theater artist tickets can be found on the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Facebook page.

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, HORSEDREAMS, the Off-Broadway GLAAD Award-nominated hit The Last Sunday in June, Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Drama Desk nominee – Outstanding Play of 2005), Lady (Drama Desk nominee – Outstanding Play of 2008), The Aliens by Annie Baker (2010 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play), and Jesse Eisenberg’s Asuncion, which is currently playing at The Cherry Lane Theatre.


Daniel Talbott (Playwright) is an actor, director, playwright, producer, literary manager, and artistic director. He was born in the Bay Area and moved around the country with his family before landing back there for high school, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His most recent work as an actor includes Theatre for One in Times Square and around NYC, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis), Master Builder (Irish Rep), Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival),Tartuffe (McCarter Theatre/Yale Rep), Marat/Sade (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and the feature film Pretty Bird, Dreaming American and “The Big C” on Showtime. Recent directing work includes Lake Water (Neighborhood Productions), Eightythree Down (Hard Sparks), Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang), Squealer (Lesser America at Theater for the New City), The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company/FringeNYC at the Tank – Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play), Keep Your Baggage With You (at all times) (Theater for the New City), Footprint by Mac Rogers (part of +30NYC for Red Fern Theatre), Afterclap by Daniel Reitz, Birthday and Nobody, both by Crystal Skillman (Rising Phoenix Rep at the Seventh Street Small Stage), and Fall Forward (Sitelines/River to River Festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council). His play Slipping was produced at Rattlestick with piece by piece productions (named one of the top ten plays of 2009 by The Advocate), premiered in Chicago at The Side Project and was part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. It was published last year by Dramatists Play Service and was a finalist for a 2011 Lambda Literary Award for Drama. His play What Happened When was produced at HERE Arts Center and The Side Project and was published as part of the Plays and Playwrights 2008 anthology. He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards and a Judy Award for acting, and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year 2006 by nytheatre.com. He is a member of MCC Theater’s Playwrights’ Coalition, of last year’s 24Seven Lab, and of TOSOS. He is a graduate of Juilliard and of Solano College Theatre’s ATP and teaches at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). He is the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep (recipient of the 2007 NYIT Caffe Cino Fellowship Award).

Pedro Pascal (Director) has been working with David Van Asselt and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, directing the world premiere of underneathmybed by Florencia Lozano, as well as readings of Daniel Talbott's Yosemite and David Anzuelo's Killing Play.  A special thank you to David Van Asselt for risking so much and making sure that some of this city's most unstable artists have a home.  As a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company he has developed work as a writer, actor and director.  Earlier versions of underneathmybed were presented at the LAB Summer Intensive and as part of The Barn Series/Live Nude Plays at the Public Theater.  He directed Lozano's second play girl in window for the same festival.  His first play Flaca Loves Bone was part of the LAByrinth Summer Intensive '09, directed by Sarah Silverman, and was presented again as part of LAB’s Punch the Clock Festival, which he directed.

Kathryn Erbe (Julie) Born in Newton, Massachusetts, Erbe is a veteran of both film and television and has been a working actress since she graduated from New York University in 1989.  Erbe’s television credits include playing Detective Alexandra Eames in the original series, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” as well as the infamous death row inmate Shirley Bellinger on the acclaimed HBO series “Oz.”  She also appeared on “Chicken Soup” with Lynn Redgrave and Jackie Mason, NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street,” the miniseries “George Wallace,” Showtime’s original production of “Naked City: Justice with a Bullet,” NBC’s “Another World,” and the television movie “Breathing Lessons.” Erbe also gained notice in the 1999 box office hit Stir of Echoes opposite Kevin Bacon and Dream with the Fishes with David Arquette.  Her additional film credits include Entropy, Kiss of Death, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Rich in Love, What About Bob?, and Speaking of Sex with Lara Flynn Boyle and Bill Murray.  Before appearing in feature films, Erbe began her career on the stage.  She is a member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company and has starred in many of their productions, including Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire as Stella, Curse of the Starving Class and My Thing of Love.  She earned a Tony Award nomination in 1991 for her portrayal of Mary in Speed of Darkness. Erbe is also an active member of the Atlantic Theatre Company.  Most recently, Erbe completed filming on Three Backyards, starring opposite Embeth Davidtz and Edie Falco, Mother’s House, Worst Friends, and Sunny Side Up with Parker Posey.   Erbe currently resides in New York with her two children.

Noah Galvin (Jer) is delighted to be joining such a talented cast in creating this beautiful new work. His favorite credits include: David Cromer's Our Town, Playwrights Horizons' and the Vineyard Theater's co-production of the Burnt Part Boys: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Nom.),  the premier year of Cirque Du Soleil's: Wintuk, Founding Member of EPBB; played the Fool opposite Billy Porter's King “Mama” Lear, Third Nat'l Tour of Les Miserables, and Ace: The Musical (St. Louis Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Old Globe) in which he received a Kevin Kline Award, a Cincinnati Entertainment Award, and an Acclaim Award. Much love to his family, Stewart Talent, and EGSJT.

Seth Numrich (Jake) is thrilled to be at Rattlestick again after working on both Blind and Slipping. Broadway: War Horse (Lincoln Center, Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence, Drama League Award Nom, Outer Critics Circle Award Nom), The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater). Off-Broadway: Iphigenia 2.0 (Signature), Slipping, Blind (Rattlestick), Too Much Memory (Rising Phoenix Rep), Gates of Gold (59E59), Dutch Masters (LAByrinth). Regional: The History Boys (Ahmanson Theatre), The Cure at Troy (Seattle Rep), Measure for Measure (Chautauqua Theatre Co.). International: The Judgement of Paris (NYC and Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Television: Gravity (Starz, Series Regular). Film: Private Romeo. Teaching artist: Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEPonline.org), 2005-2011. Training: The Juilliard School.

Libby Woodbridge (Ruby) New York: Jerusalem (u/s), Gabriel (Atlantic Theater Company).  Regional: Bossa Nova (Yale Repertory Theatre), Moonlight (Studio Theatre, DC), Rock 'n' Roll (Wilma Theater), 2010 NPC (O'Neill Theater Center), Third (u/s, Huntington Theatre Company). Film: King Kelly (SeeThink Films), Someone Else's Heart. BFA from Boston University.