“The Twentieth-century Way” Will Premiere Off-Broadway This Spring
Rick Miramontez / Jaron Caldwell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
“THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WAY”
WILL PREMIERE OFF-BROADWAY THIS SPRING
PRESENTED BY THE THEATRE @ BOSTON COURT
AND RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE
PREVIEWS WILL BEGIN MAY 28
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR JUNE 3
New York (April 21, 2015) – The Twentieth-Century Way, Tom Jacobson’s acclaimed two-person play about homosexual entrapment in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century, will premiere Off-Broadway this spring. Directed by The Theatre @ Boston Court’s Michael Michetti, and starring Will Bradley and Robert Mammana, the play will begin previews May 28, 2015, with opening night set for June 3, 2015 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (224 Waverly Place, NYC). The limited engagement will run through July 19, 2015.
Based on a little-known incident in LA history, this theatrical thrill ride explores the collision of reality and fantasy as two actors juggle various roles to entrap homosexuals for “social vagrancy” in the public restrooms of 1914 Long Beach. But are they actually entrapping each other? Who they are and what they need is a mystery that deepens with every twist and turn. The Twentieth-Century Way earned Mr. Jacobson a PEN Center USA Award for Drama, and was a sensation at the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival, winning Overall Excellence in Production of a Play.
This co-production continues the association between two companies – The Theatre @ Boston Court (Los Angeles) and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (New York).
Tickets for The Twentieth-Century Way range from $10 – $50 and can be purchased by visiting www.rattlestick.org. The performance schedule is as follows: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m., Mondays at 8:00 p.m.
★★★★★ “Tom Jacobson has fashioned a hall of mirrors that showcases the mesmerizing, challenging and erotically charged performances of Will Bradley and Robert Mammana.”
Based in Pasadena, CA, The Theatre @ Boston Court produces passionate, artist-driven theatre that challenges both artist and audience, urging its artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and passion. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres with a special emphasis on new plays, which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting. The Theatre @ Boston Court has produced world premieres of playwrights such as Luis Alfaro, Sheila Callaghan, Julia Cho, Dan Dietz, Jason Grote, Jordan Harrison, Carlos Murillo, Laura Schellhardt, Octavio Solis, Deborah Stein, Jean Claude Van Itallie, Kathryn Walat, David Wiener, among others. The Theatre @ Boston Court is the recipient of dozens of Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and LA Weekly Award nominations and wins, including The Polly Warfield Award from the LADCC honoring The Theatre @ Boston Court 2014 season. The Theatre @ Boston Court is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Edgerton Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Founding Director Z. Clark Branson, and the generosity of individual supporters and contributors. The Theatre @ Boston Court is the award-winning resident theatre company at Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA. Michael Seel, Executive Director; Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti, Artistic Directors; Hillary Metcalf Schenk, Managing Director. BostonCourt.org.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is a multi-award-winning company which has produced over sixty world premieres in the past nineteen seasons and most recently received a 2014 OBIE Award for The Hill Town Plays. Rattlestick was also the recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award for developing new and innovative work. 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, That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play, 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, 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, Asuncion, Horsedreams, Yosemite, Massacre (Sing to Your Children), 3C, Through the Yellow Hour, A Summer Day, The Revisionist starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jesse Eisenberg, Buyer & Cellar (2013 Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance), Basilica, Charles Ives Take Me Home, The Hilltown Plays, One Night…, How to Make Friends and then Kill Them, 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). Rattlestick.org.