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James Franco Makes Directing Debut Off-Broadway

James Franco makes his Off-Broadway directorial debut this summer at the Rattlestick Theater. (Photo: Getty)

James Franco makes his Off-Broadway directorial debut this summer at the Rattlestick Theater. (Photo: Getty)

James Franco is adding some marquee glitter to Rattlestick Theater’s 20th Anniversary season. He’ll make his Off-Broadway directorial debut this summer helming the premiere of new play.

Franco will direct playwright Robert Boswell’s world premiere of his work The Long Shrift.

The playis about a dorky teenage boy who is accused of rape and thrown in jail, tearing his parents apart. Nine years later, he’s out of jail and his accuser is back in his life.

He’ll be joined by Hollywood screenwriter, director and actress Jennifer DeLia. She’ll be directing Scott Organ’s play Phoenix.

The one-act dark comedy premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays and premiered in New York City at The Barrow Group. It’s a co-production with DeLia’s Poverty Row Entertainment and Rian Patrick Durham.

The season will also include New York and World premieres by Keith Josef Adkins, Sheila Callaghan, Laura Eason, Michael Laurence, Laith Nakli, Rubén Polendo, and Daniel Talbott.

Franco is currently appearing on Broadway in a revival of the play Of Mice and Men. He will direct The Long Shrift from July 7 through Aug 23 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place in Manhattan.

The Phoenix will run from July 28 through Aug. 23 at Cherry Lane, Mainstage, 38 Commerce Street in Manhattan.

For a complete list of works set for the summer season check out the Rattlestick Web site.

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