Actor, New Yorker contributor, and playwright Jesse Eisenberg wanted to join us in the studio today, but his flight to New York City was canceled. So he called in from a Cracker Barrel parking lot somewhere between Boston and New York to talk about his second play, The Revisionist, which had its world premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York in spring 2013.
The Revisionist stars Eisenberg and Vanessa Redgrave and is directed by Kip Fagan. It tells the story of a young writer who arrives in Poland with a case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria welcomes him, and as their relationship develops, she reveals details about her postwar past that test their ideas of what it means to be a family.