A gutted theater. Two plays. One epic evening. An achingly human exploration of the end of the American experiment.
Each night, the two plays LEWISTON/CLARKSTON will be performed together, in an intimate space for a small audience of only 51 guests who will gather to watch, to share a catered meal between the two productions, and to consider as a community our place in the ongoing American experiment. The evening will run about 3.5 hours in total.
Together the plays focus on two modern-day descendants of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Set at a failing fireworks stand in Lewiston, Idaho, and across the river at a big box store in Clarkston, Washington, the plays LEWISTON and CLARKSTON share the essential question: what is the true legacy of the great American push West?
“It’s only fitting that Rattlestick Playwrights Theater would gut its Greenwich Village home to accommodate the unconventional production of 'Lewiston/Clarkston.' The 24-year-old company merely did for Samuel D. Hunter’s new play what the play will do to you.” - The New York Times
“Theater of the most deeply moving kind…By the evening's end, you'll have a palpable sense of having shared something special with your fellow theatergoers.” - The Hollywood Reporter
"For the daring theatrical explorers among us, Lewiston/Clarkston is a must-see.” - Theatermania
“Riveting, haunting, extraordinary… leave it to Hunter, right at this moment, to find something beautiful beyond dispute that unites us as Americans, and as all people living here.” - New York Stage Review
Valid Thru: December 16, 2018
$10 off various price levels.
October 10 - December 2, 2018
Monday, Wednesday-Saturday: 7:00pm
With additional matinees: 11/9, 11/16 and 11/30 at 1:00pm
December 3 - December 16, 2018
Additional Sunday Matinees at 1:00pm
CRITICS PICK – New York Times
“[Samuel D. Hunter] is interested in American disenchantment, in the great adventure stories we’ve told ourselves about ourselves, and the legacy of those stories in a time when 'there’s just nothing left to discover.' His characters are contemporary lost souls, too aware of the underbelly of the American narrative — of all that was lost and stolen and destroyed in the name of exploration and expansion — to believe in anything so naïve as a national dream, but still searching, stumbling down unknown paths toward something as small, or as great, as each other.” - Vulture/New York Magazine