|Red Bull Theater to present PERICLES 2021, beginning Oct 4th|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:59 am EDT 09/24/21|
|Red Bull Theater
A Multi-Program Initiative Exploring Shakespeare's Pericles and the World in Which We Live Today
RED BULL THEATER (Jesse Berger, Founder and Artistic Director | Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) today announced that the 2021-'21 Season will continue with PERICLES 2021, a multi-faceted online endeavor to provide an opportunity for the entire community to explore William Shakespeare's Pericles - the founding production of Red Bull Theater (in 2003) - this time with even more Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices.
Artistic Director Jesse Berger explains: "Shakespeare's Pericles is at the heart and soul of Red Bull in many ways: our founding play, Jacobean in period, hopeful in spirit, and about the power of imagination at its core. "It hath been used as restoratives", the poet Gower says right at the beginning of the play. To me, this play is about restoring hope and peace after a period of turmoil and tragedy. Pericles was the first play we ever produced, featuring a wonderful and diverse cast, led by Daniel Breaker in the title role. I've always loved the idea of this play as a hero journey, and a play about the healing power of storytelling itself. As the play that began the life of our theater company, it seems most appropriate that we explore this play anew, continuing our journey-towards our 20th year of existence as a company, re-emerging out of the pandemic shut down, and inviting new voices to be in creative conversation with the play and the Western classical canon-something we have been very actively working to invigorate over the past few years at Red Bull Theater."
Running from October 4th through 28th, the multi-program online-only fall PERICLES 2021 initiative will include a Benefit Reading of Pericles starring Grantham Coleman (Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park, The Great Society with Brian Cox, Choir Boy at Manhattan Theatre Club, and starred opposite Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in "The Americans"); a two-part seminar series, "Exploring Pericles in 2021," featuring three established BIPOC artists/Red Bull artistic associates who will also introduce five emerging BIPOC artists to read and discuss Shakespeare's Pericles with celebrated director Kent Gash; and a RemarkaBull Podversation with Raphael Nash Thompson (who played Gower in Red Bull's 2003 production) along with Jesse Berger, Red Bull's Artistic Director, for a conversation focused on Shakespeare's Pericles, hosted by Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull's Associate Artistic Director.
Red Bull Theater is committed to continuing connection with artists and audiences online and in person as we move through this transitional period in the pandemic. Red Bull's online readings offer the unique opportunity to hear rarely-produced classic plays, and brand new plays in conversation with the classics, performed by the finest actors in New York. All of Red Bull Theater's PERICLES 2021 offerings are FREE, but advance reservations are recommended. Tax-deductible donations are encouraged to support Red Bull and invest in the vitality of classical theater for a contemporary audience. For details visit https://www.redbulltheater.com/pericles-2021.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMS
"To sing a song that old was sung"
with Raphael Nash Thompson
Monday, October 4th | 7:30 PM EDT
RemarkaBULL Podversations are informal, livestreamed conversations that investigate approaches to essential passages from the Shakespearean and Jacobean canon?and beyond.
Appearing on stages all across the country and the Off-Broadway rialto, Raphael Nash Thompson has built a sterling reputation as a brilliant actor in the classics. He'll join host Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull's Associate Artistic Director, and special guest Jesse Berger, Red Bull's Artistic Director, for a conversation focused on Shakespeare's Pericles. Thompson tackled the role of Gower in Red Bull Theater's 2003 production - the founding production of the company. He reprised the role in 2016 at Theater for a New Audience under the direction of Trevor Nunn. He'll read a selection and join in a discussion of the rewards and challenges of this unique Shakespeare play. They'll take your questions through Facebook LIVE and YouTube.
Raphael Nash Thompson previously appeared Off-Broadway in F*cking A (Signature Theatre); Heartbreak House (Gingold Theatre Group), Pericles (dir. Trevor Nunn, Theatre for a New Audience); Every Day a Visitor (Clurman Theatre); Volpone, The Witch of Edmonton, Edward II (Red Bull Theater). Regional: Miss You Like Hell (Center Stage), The Guard (City Theatre), All the Days (McCarter Theatre), Richard III (Shakespeare Theatre Company and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis), Electra (Hartford Stage), Paul Robeson (TheaterWorks), Ajax (dir. Peter Sellars, American National Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Wilma Theatre). Film: Searching for Bobby Fischer, Kiss of Death, Clockers. TV: "Search Party," "Elementary," "Ed," "Third Watch," "Soul Food." He is currently in rehearsal for Mrs. Warren's Profession beginning performances October 12th at Theatre Row.
Two-Part Seminar Series
Exploring PERICLES in 2021
Monday October 11th | 7:30 PM EDT
Monday October 18th | 7:30 PM EDT
We are thrilled to welcome more voices to Red Bull's ongoing conversation with the classical Western canon. We hope to foster new relationships that will generate work that expands our conversation with the classics for seasons to come. We asked three established BIPOC artists working in the classical theater who have worked with Red Bull Theater before - Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Clint Ramos, and Madeline Sayet - to introduce us to artists from their networks that we should know. They selected Yvonne Johnson, Jacqueline Lawton, Tara Moses, Kenny Ramos, and Rudy Ramirez. Together, this group will investigate Shakespeare's Pericles and come together for a round table discussion of the play and its themes with director Kent Gash. These five selected artists will then create online presentations that respond creatively to Shakespeare's play. They'll share these projects with us all online. Exploring Pericles in 2021 is funded in part by the Off Broadway Angels.
Online Benefit Reading
by William Shakespeare
Monday, October 25th | 7:30 PM EDT
A poet returns from the dead to tell the tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre--the touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation about a hero whose adventures take him through the turbulent waters of both the literal seas and the tumultuous challenges of life itself. His odyssey is an epic journey of discovery, loss, and, ultimately, redemption. The reading is directed by Kent Gash and features a company of BIPOC artists, including Grantham Coleman, Kimberly Chatterjee, Callie Holly.
Online Bull Session
Thursday, October 28, 2021
An interactive discussion with director Kent Gash, scholar Noémie Ndiaye, and members of the company.
Red Bull Theater wishes to express its gratitude to the Performers' Unions: ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS, AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS, and SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on these programs.
ABOUT RED BULL THEATER
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 Acting Intensives in classical acting led by veteran theater professionals.
Red Bull Theater strives to be a home for all artists and theatergoers.. We value and practice inclusiveness and diversity in all of our activities, and we are committed to antiracist action. All of us at Red Bull Theater are committed to actively working to help realize a more perfect union-a racially and socially just America.
"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.
For more information about any of Red Bull Theater's programs, visit www.redbulltheater.com.
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