Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Nixon Set for 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' in New York
Patrick Wilson, Wayne Brady, Mike Birbiglia, Alan Cumming, George Takei, Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski and more will each be handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage.
The theatrical experiment White Rabbit Red Rabbit is headed to New York, with Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg and Cynthia Nixon among those in tow.
The show is staged with no rehearsal, director, set or spoilers and features a different performer each night, all of them handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. The production will make its New York premiere in a limited engagement playing Monday nights at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre beginning March 7.
The rotating cast, each performing for one time only, will feature Nathan Lane (March 7), Goldberg (March 14), Patrick Wilson (March 21), Brian Dennehy (March 28), Wayne Brady (April 4), Mike Birbiglia (April 11), Nixon (April 18) and Short (May 2). Other performers lined up on dates to be announced, pending artist availability, include Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Ramin Karimloo, Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, Donna Murphy, George Takei and David Hyde Pierce. More names are expected to be added.
“Each night will bring its share of surprises," warned lead producers Devlin Elliott and Tom Kirdahy. "We can't wait to be surprised ourselves. Remember, no cheating! Don't Google this play!"
The non-traditional production was written by young Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, who was forced to leave his country and found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not — distilling the experience of his isolation into an audacious new play that blends drama, comedy and social experiment.
Since premiering in 2011 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been translated into 15 different languages and performed over 200 times worldwide. A portion of the play’s profits will go to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression across the globe.