Joyce Didonato to perform White Rabbit Red Rabbit
TONY AWARD AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNER BILLY PORTER (SEPTEMBER 12)
FILM, TELEVISION AND STAGE STAR JUSTIN BARTHA (SEPTEMBER 19)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER & ‘CASTLE’ STAR STANA KATIC (SEPTEMBER 26)
NOW PLAYING IN A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
AT WESTSIDE THEATRE
“A DAZZLING, TRANSCENDENT piece of ALIVE AND KICKING theater.
The whole building felt like it was LIVING AND BREATHING.”
“The play is SHARP…and AB-CRUNCHINGLY FUNNY.”
“A PLAYFUL, ENIGMATIC AND HAUNTING SHOW that takes on a gravity that prickles your skin, and keeps taking unexpected turns that often lead us back to the relief of laughter. Any worthy theatrical experience is a dive down into a rabbit hole, where the destination is unknown. The distinction of ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ is that the performer moves right alongside us on the journey.”
(New York, NY – August 30, 2016) Maberry Theatricals (Devlin Elliott and Tom Kirdahy) has announced that Grammy Award winner and international opera star Joyce DiDonato will perform on October 3 in WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT, the internationally-acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour. WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT makes its New York Premiere in this limited engagement, playing Monday nights at Westside Theatre (407 W 43rd Street). Performances began on March 7.
Multi Grammy Award winner of the 2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album (Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall) and the 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. She is also widely acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti and has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre, toured extensively in South America, Europe and Asia and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Recent highlights in opera have included her first Charlotte in Werther for The Royal Opera under Sir Antonio Pappano, the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera, for The Royal Opera and at the Liceu in Barcelona; the title role in Alcina on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket and Marguerite La damnation de Faust with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. DiDonato opens her 2016/17 season in a gala concert with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Ludovic Morlot; she will also give concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and the Berlin Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and a recital with Philippe Jordan in Paris. On the opera stage, she makes her much anticipated debut in the title role of Semiramide in a new production at the Bavarian State Opera under Michele Mariotti; the title role in Ariodante on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket; Dido (Les Troyens) under John Nelsons in Strasbourg; and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) under Nézet-Séguin in Baden-Baden.
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 one time ever, also features the previously announced: Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (September 12); film, television and stage star Justin Bartha (September 19); and People’s Choice Award winner and ‘Castle’ star Stana Katic (September 26). Previous performers include Nathan Lane (March 7), Whoopi Goldberg (March 14), Patrick Wilson (March 21), Brian Dennehy (March 28), Wayne Brady (April 4), Mike Birbiglia (April 11), Cynthia Nixon (April 18), Kyra Sedwick (April 25), Martin Short (May 2), Bobby Cannavale (May 9), David Hyde Pierce (May 16), Shohreh Aghdashloo (May 23), Alan Cumming (June 6), George Takei (June 13), Rachel Dratch (June 20), Reg E. Cathey (June 27), Kathy Najimy (July 11), F. Murray Abraham (July 18), Josh Radnor (July 25), Ramin Karimloo (August 1), Tony Danza (August 8), Michael Urie (August 22), and Darren Criss (August 29)
Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not. 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 theatre.
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 fifteen different languages and performed over 200 times worldwide – from London to Oslo, Athens, Berlin, Melbourne and Singapore – by such stars as Michael Shannon, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack, David Morse and more.
Tickets to performances of WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT are available via Telecharge.com/212-239-6200, or at the Westside Theatre Box Office (407 W 43rd Street). The performance schedule is Monday evenings at 8:00pm.
A portion of the play’s profits go to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world (www.pen-international.org). WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT is produced by Maberry Theatricals (Devlin Elliott and Tom Kirdahy), in association with Aurora Nova Productions and Boat Rocker Entertainment.
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE):
Performed March 7: Nathan Lane
Performed March 14: Whoopi Goldberg
Performed March 21: Patrick Wilson
Performed March 28: Brian Dennehy
Performed April 4: Wayne Brady
Performed April 11: Mike Birbiglia
Performed April 18: Cynthia Nixon
Performed April 25: Kyra Sedgwick
Performed May 2: Martin Short
Performed May 9: Bobby Cannavale
Performed May 16: David Hyde Pierce
Performed May 23: Shohreh Aghdashloo
Performed June 6: Alan Cumming
Performed June 13: George Takei
Performed June 20: Rachel Dratch
Performed June 27: Reg E. Cathey
Performed July 11: Kathy Najimy
Performed July 18: F. Murray Abraham
Performed July 25: Josh Radnor
Performed August 1: Ramin Karimloo
Performed August 8: Tony Danza
Performed August 15: Randy Rainbow
Performed August 22: Michael Urie
Performed August 29: Darren Criss
(September 5: DARK)
September 12: Billy Porter
September 19: Justin Bartha
September 26: Stana Katic
October 3: Joyce DiDonato
(October 10: DARK)