|Red Bull Theater continues its mission with LIVESTREAM reading of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, for one night only: Monday March 30th|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:37 pm EDT 03/25/20|
|"A dynamic producer of classic plays" - Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"The most exciting classical theater in New York" - Time Out NY
Red Bull Theater
Continues Its Mission During
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis
With LIVESTREAM Reading of
John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Featuring the Complete Cast of Red Bull's Acclaimed 2015 Off-Broadway Production
One Night Only: Monday March 30th
Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Founding Artistic Director | Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) today announced the LIVESTREAM and FREE presentation of an online reading of John Ford's classic play 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, featuring the complete cast of Red Bull's acclaimed 2015 Off-Broadway production, directed by Mr. Berger. This informal FREE event is designed to continue to serve Red Bull Theater's mission to revitalize the classics for today's audience during the uncertain time brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
The livestream will be available on Monday, March 30th at 7:30pm at Red Bull Theater's website at https://www.redbulltheater.com/live, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedBullTheater, and at https://vimeo.com/redbulltheater
"It's Red Bull Theater's tradition to present one-night-only Revelation Readings of rarely-produced classic plays on Mondays throughout the season at the Lucille Lortel. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has put a temporary stop to doing that in person. But we're delighted to take advantage of this new avenue to share an experience with our community of artists and theater-lovers," said Mr. Bredeson.
Mr. Berger explains, "Finding new ways to connect our artists and audience is essential to this uncertain time. I'm thrilled to reunite the fantastic company of artists that brought this play to life with our 2015 Off-Broadway production for this unprecedented livestream occasion. Our goal is to engage our community with something stimulating and of genuine value. We're not promising a finished performance, but rather a unique way to experience the crown jewel of Jacobean drama: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. This is the perfect play for Red Bull to try one way we aim to be able to fulfill our mission during this difficult time. I hope you will tune in for what promises to be a fun and rare opportunity to hear this delicious, decadently dangerous play, performed by some of the finest actors in New York."
This unrehearsed, cold reading of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore will begin at 7:30 PM on Monday, March 30. The event will feature the entire original 2015 RBT cast: Matthew Amendt, Kelley Curran, Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Clifton Duncan, Ryan Farley, Ryan Garbayo, Philip Goodwin, Christopher Innvar, Amelia Pedlow, Everett Quinton, Rocco Sisto, Derek Smith, Auden Thornton, Tramell Tillmann, and Marc Vietor, all of whom will beam in from wherever they are social distancing themselves during the crisis. '
Tis Pity She's a Whore is a heart-pounding tale of love, lust and hypocrisy. In this deliciously perverse romantic tragedy, siblings Annabella and Giovanni fall into an incestuous affair with a brutal velocity that sets Renaissance Parma aflame with its passionate force. Defiant in their desires to the bloody end, these lovers take "star-crossed" into a whole new galaxy. Writing in his New York Times Critic's Pick review, Charles Isherwood said "Let's give a lusty cheer to the red-blooded Red Bull Theater Company for staging this rarely seen play from the English Renaissance, generally dated from the first years of the 1630s. Much of the play's pleasure is in the merry outrages of its dramatic developments, which are navigated here by the cast with delightful, dark conviction under Mr. Berger's canny direction."
REVELATION READINGS will resume on Monday June 15th with Lynn Rosen's The Claudias, directed by Meredith McDonough, featuring Ben Chase, Jennifer Mudge, Socorro Santiago, Jeanine Serralles, Danielle Skraastad, and more to be announced. Commissioned by Red Bull Theater, this new play ecstatically and hilariously exhumes the stories of historical women named Claudia, whose tales were buried by the powerful men who dominated their lives and the world.
This Summer, Red Bull will present the 10th Annual Short New Play Festival, the annual festival of 10-minute plays of heightened language and classic themes, featuring two commissions from established writers, alongside six new plays that have been chosen from hundreds of submissions from emerging playwrights across the country. Red Bull Theater's annual Short New Play Festival has generated over 1,000 new short plays of classic themes and heightened language, presenting over 60 of them in performance with some of New York's finest actors and directors.
Red Bull Theater, hailed as "the city's gutsiest classical theater" by Time Out New York, brings rarely seen classic plays to dynamic new life for contemporary audiences, uniting a respect for tradition with a modern sensibility. Named for the rowdy Jacobean playhouse that illegally performed plays in England during the years of Puritan rule, Red Bull Theater is New York City's home for dynamic performances of great plays that stand the test of time. With the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as its cornerstone, the company also produces new works that are in conversation with the classics. A home for artists, scholars and students, Red Bull Theater delights and engages the intellect and imagination of audiences, and strives to make its work accessible, diverse, and welcoming to all. Red Bull Theater believes in the power of great classic stories and plays of heightened language to deepen our understanding of the human condition, in the special ability of live theater to create unique, collective experiences, and the timeless capacity of classical theater to illuminate the events of our times. Variety agreed, hailing Red Bull's work as: "Proof that classical theater can still be surprising after hundreds of years."
Since its debut in 2003 with a production of Shakespeare's Pericles starring Daniel Breaker, Red Bull Theater has served adventurous theatergoers with Off-Broadway productions, Revelation Readings, and the annual Short New Play Festival. The company also offers outreach programs including Shakespeare in Schools bringing professional actors and teaching artists into public school classrooms; Bull Sessions, free post-play discussions with top scholars; and Master Classes in classical acting led by veteran theater professionals.
"The classics-shaking Red Bull Theater," as Time Out NY has called it, has presented 20 Off-Broadway productions and nearly 200 Revelation Readings of rarely seen classics, serving a community of more than 5,000 artists and providing quality artistic programming to an audience of over 65,000. The company's unique programming has received ongoing critical acclaim, and has been recognized with Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, Callaway, Off Broadway Alliance, and OBIE nominations and Awards.
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