Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, and More Set for White Rabbit Red Rabbit
A roster of all-stars will make one-night-only appearances in the show's New York premiere at the Westside Theatre.
In support of PEN International, Maberry Theatricals has announced that White Rabbit Red Rabbit, the internationally acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour, will make its New York premiere in a limited engagement playing Monday nights at Westside Theatre beginning March 7.
The production will feature a rotating cast of all-stars, who will see the script for the first time immediately before stepping onstage for their performances. "No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoilers. A different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage."
The rotating cast, each performing only once, will feature Emmy and Tony winner Nathan Lane (March 7); Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner Whoopi Goldberg (March 14); Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony nominee Patrick Wilson (March 21); Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony winner Brian Dennehy (March 28); and comedian, actor, and director Mike Birbiglia (April 11). On dates soon to be announced (pending artist availability), performers will also include Emmy and Tony winner Christine Baranski; Tony winner and Emmy nominee Alan Cumming; Olivier and Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo; Emmy and Tony winner Andrea Martin; three-time Tony winner Marin Mazzie; Emmy and Tony winner Donna Murphy; Emmy, Grammy, and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon; Emmy and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce; Emmy and Tony winner Martin Short; and television, film, and stage star George Takei. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit is described as follows: "Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not — distilling the experience of his isolation in an audacious and utterly nontraditional new play. This wildly entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical piece — where no audience can see the same show twice — blends drama, comedy and social experiment, providing audiences with a potent reminder of the transformative power of theater."
The play had its world premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the Arches Brick Award, followed by presentations at Summerworks and Dublin Fringe Festival where it was awarded Outstanding New Performance and Best New Performance, respectively. The play has since been translated into 15 different languages and performed over 200 times worldwide by such stars as Michael Shannon, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack, David Morse, and more.
"We are thrilled to be working with such an extraordinary group of performers, and to be partnering with PEN International, on such an intriguing and provocative work," said lead producers Devlin Elliott and Tom Kirdahy. "Each night will bring its share of surprises. We can't wait to be surprised ourselves. Remember, no cheating! Don't google this play!"