By Adan Hetrick
The Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent will star in an election eve presentation November 7 at the West Side Theatre.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, the Off-Broadway solo play where the actor doesn’t read the script until arriving on stage, will welcome CBS Sunday Morningcorrespondent Mo Rocca November 7. The presentation takes place the night before the U.S. presidential election.
Rocca was also a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is the author of the historical thriller, All The Presidents’ Pets: The Story of One Reporter Who Refused to Roll Over. He appeared on Broadway as Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and won an Emmy Award as a writer for the 2010 Tony Awards.
The acclaimed solo play by Nassim Soleimanpour has attracted a stellar line-up of guest performers since it began Off-Broadway this spring. White Rabbit Red Rabbit plays Monday nights at the Westside Theatre with a rotating cast. Weekly, a different actor is handed a script to perform without the help of a director, rehearsals or a set. Previous performers include Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, Brian Dennehy, Wayne Brady, Mike Birbiglia, Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwick, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, David Hyde Pierce, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Alan Cumming and George Takei.
Forbidden to leave his country, Iranian playwright Soleimanpour transcribed his experience of isolation into this unique stage work. The play premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a series of awards. It has since been translated into 15 different languages and performed globally; the show made its Off-Broadway debut March 7. “This wildly entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical piece – where no audience can see the same show twice – blends drama, comedy and social experiment,“ state press notes.
The show is presented by Maberry Theatricals in support of PEN International, working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world. “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 in a press statement. “Each night will bring its share of surprises. We can’t wait to be surprised ourselves. Remember, no cheating! Don’t google this play!“
Tickets to White Rabbit Red Rabbit are on sale via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 W. 43rd St., Manhattan. ♦