Not content to be starring with Chris O’Dowd on Broadway in a revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, James Franco is simultaneously directing the world premiere of The Long Shrift for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a highly regarded off-off-Broadway company based in Greenwich Village. Novelist Robert Boswell’s play concerns the return home of a teenage boy after serving nine years for rape. Show is slated to run July 7-August 23 at the company’s home base at 224 Waverly Place.

The company’s “special summer season” will continue with Phoenix, a love story in which Julia Stiles will star with James Wirt about a couple in the aftermath of a one-night stand. Jennifer DeLia will direct the show, running July 28 through August 23 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.