Vanessa Redgrave, Jesse Eisenberg to star in his off-Broadway play ‘The Revisionist’

By Daniel S Levine,

Vanessa Redgrave is teaming up with Jesse Eisenberg for The Revisionist, an off-Broadway production penned by Eisenberg.

The New York Times reports that the play will be directed by Kip Fagan and produced by the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, which also staged Eisenberg’s Asuncion in 2011. The production will open at the Cherry Lane Theater on Feb. 6 and run through March 31.

In The Revisionist, Eisenberg will play a sci-fi writer with writer’s block and decides to travel to Poland. There, he meets Maria, his 75-year-old cousin, played by Redgrave. Maria is a Holocaust survivor and looks forward to connecting with her American family.

Eisenberg was nominated for an Oscar for playing Mark Zuckerberg in 2010’s The Social Network and has several projects in production, including Rio 2, Now You See Me and The Double.

Redgrave, who won an Oscar for 1977’s Julia, was last on Broadway in Driving Miss Daisy with James Earl Jones in 2010.

Rattlestick’s managing director, Brian Long, told the NY Times that he hopes that The Revisionist will be as successful as Asuncion, which ran for three weeks beyond its original seven-week run. He added that Redgrave and Eisenberg could be available “until at least April 20.”

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