Entitled "Revelation Readings," the series explores new and modern language plays as well as neglected Jacobean works. Revelation Readings will kick off Sept. 19 with Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage. The love tragedy will be directed by Joseph Hardy and will star The Invention of Love's Richard Easton. Show time is 7 PM.
A benefit for Red Bull will be held Oct. 4 at 7 PM. Lee Blessing's new comedy, The Scottish Play, will be directed by Jesse Berger and will feature Nine's Mary Stuart Masterson. The play, according to production notes, concerns a Shakespeare Festival that is planning to present Shakespeare's Macbeth: "Theatre lore says it's bad luck to utter Macbeth inside a theatre — in this rollicking comedy, a director named Jack is about to find out why." A party and reception will follow the reading.
The series continues Oct. 10 at 7 PM with Euripides' Orestes in a new translation by Anne Washburn. Johanna McKeon directs a cast that includes Thom Pain's James Urbaniak. The Pillowman's Michael Stuhlbarg will star in Beaumont and Fletcher's The Maid's Tragedy on Oct. 25 at 7 PM; Jesse Berger, who adapted the work, also directs.
On Nov. 1 at 7 PM Kate Burton and Dana Ivey will team up for George Etherege's The Man of Mode, or Sir Fopling Flutter, which will be directed by Kay Matschullat. The series concludes Nov. 2 at 7 PM with April De Angelis' Playhouse Creatures. Ivey will again star in this piece, with direction by Kate Whoriskey.
The Culture Project is located at 45 Bleecker Street and Lafayette Avenue. All readings are free (with a suggested donation of $7) except for The Scottish Play, which is priced $55. Call (212) 352-3101 for reservations. Red Bull Theater is a not-for-profit company "dedicated to the presentation of vital and imaginative productions of heightened language plays and to the development of new plays written in a similar vein."