Jesse Eisenberg is having a wide-ranging 2011, to say the least. In addition to lending his voice to the animated Rio and starring in the upcoming pizza delivery action/comedy 30 Minutes or Less, the Oscar-nominated actor will also be making his playwright debut this fall off-Broadway (the 27-year-old acted on stage before becoming a full-fledged movie star) in a show called Asuncion. (Check and mate, James Franco!)
According to The New York Times, the Eisenberg-penned production is a play about two liberal-minded friends (his character, a blogger) whose worldview changes when a young Filipina woman moves in with them. The show, which will be presented by NYC’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, will move to the Cherry Lane Theater beginning Oct. 12.
I’ve already got this one marked down on my calendar, PopWatchers. Of all the stars that have headed to Broadway and Off-Broadway this year (and there were scads of ’em, including Chris Rock and a Tony-shunned Daniel Radcliffe), I don’t think I’ve wanted to see one more than The Social Network actor. Not only because he’s one of my favorites out there, thanks to his work in flicks like the underrated Adventureland, but I’m curious to see how the often nervous-in-real-life Eisenberg bodes in that environment. (Hey, he did pretty well hosting Saturday Night Live, if you ask me!)
But, I’m curious PopWatchers: Which star do you desperately want to see hit the stage? Yes, there are still some left — Eisenberg’s Social Network co-star/fellow Renaissance Man Justin Timberlake certainly springs to mind! Will you try and snag tickets to see Eisenberg on stage this fall? Let me know in the comments section below.