Jesse Eisenberg's Play Features 'The Hangover' Star Justin Bartha
Jesse Eisenberg is about to make his playwright debut this fall in New York, when his play "Asuncion" which he'll also star in, is performed off-Broadway in October.
Joining the Oscar-nominated actor on stage is "The Hangover" star Justin Bartha, who also starred with Eisenberg in "Holy Rollers." The cast also includes Remy Auberjonois and Camille Mana, reports The New York Observer.
"Asuncion" is part of Rattlestick Playwright Theater's 2011-2012 season, but will run off-site at The Cherry Lane Theatre beginning October 12, with opening night set for October 27 and expected to run through November 27.
According to Rattlestick, Eisenberg's play is about roommates dealing with race relations:
"Edgar and Vinny are not racist. In fact, Edgar maintains a blog condemning American imperialism and Vinny is three-quarters into a PhD in Black Studies. When a young Filipina woman named Asuncion becomes their new roommate, the pair have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how open minded they truly are."
Bartha currently stars in another play written by a celebrity -- former "Scrubs" star Zach Braff is the writer behind the Second Stage Theatre production of "All New People". Bartha told the L.A. Times he'd like to continue working in theater, unless films with better dramatic roles start coming his way:
"Unless you're Brad Pitt or one of five or 10 actors, you don't really get a chance to play the kind of film roles you'd like to," he said. "Theater is a good way to counterbalance that."
And Eisenberg, whose new film "30 Minutes Or Less" opens August 12, can't seem to put the pen down. He's written another play titled, "The Revisionist," and also wrote the score and lyrics to a musical titled "Me Time!" that he told MTV "is a satire about self-indulgence ... It's about contemporary, obnoxious selfishness on the Upper East Side of New York City."
Eisenberg got his professional start performing off-Broadway in Arje Shaw's "The Gathering" in 1999.