Franco will direct an off-off-Broadway play with the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York that will begin performances next month, said a spokeswoman for the company. "The Long Shrift," by Robert Boswell, is scheduled to start its run July 7 and go through Aug. 23.
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"The Long Shrift" will be part of the Rattlestick's 20th anniversary season. Last year, the New York company launched a Los Angeles branch that presents plays at stages across Southern California. Its most recent local production was the play "Everything You Touch" by Shelia Callaghan, which ran at the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena.
The Rattlestick specializes in producing works by emerging and more established playwrights who have a certain aesthetic edge. Some of the notable writers it has produced include Adam Rapp, David Adjmi and Jon Fosse.
Franco has directed feature films in the past but this will be his first outing as a stage director. "Of Mice and Men," running on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre, is scheduled to conclude its run July 27.