Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian Long have announced that the world premiere of Through the Yellow Hour, written and directed by Adam Rapp, will extend through Saturday, November 10, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place-off Seventh Avenue South, between Perry and West 11 Streets.
The first production of the company's 18th season, Through the Yellow Hour (which was originally scheduled to run through October 28) opened September 27 to strong notices.
Dave Cote of Time Out New York gave the play four stars and wrote "Yellow Hour looks and sounds sensational." And Andy Propst of Back Stage wrote, "It's an exhilarating plunge into the world that Rapp's imagined for his newest play, which, under his direction, sustains the richly ominous atmosphere for all of its 100 minutes."
The play's design was singled out by Jennifer Farrar of the Associated Press: "The design team has created a credible, claustrophobic atmosphere of embattled urban unease, with a constant undercurrent of automatic weapons fire and explosions, eerie lighting, and distant shouts and cries signaling never-ending unrest." And the design was also praised by David Barbour of Lighting & Sound America who called the play "Rapp's most powerful work in some time."
In Through the Yellow Hour, the United States has been attacked. Men are being castrated, women enumerated. Ellen has been in hiding for 52 days, subsisting on very little, hoping against hope for her husband to return. As the world around her falls further into senseless chaos, she takes an unlikely action, one that just might signal a new beginning.
The cast of Through the Yellow Hour is Hani Furstenberg, Brian Mendes, Matt Pilieci, Danielle Slavick, Alok Tewari, Joanne Tucker, and Vladimir Versailles.
The creative team features Andromache Chalfant (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Christian Frederickson (sound design), and Andrew Diaz (properties). Michael Denis is production stage manager and Lori Singleton is assistant stage manager.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theateris a multi-award-winning company which has produced over sixty world premieres in the past seventeen seasons and was the recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award for its work 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, 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, Asuncion, Horsedreams, Yosemite, Massacre (Sing to Your Children), 3C, 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).