The proliferation of new Off-Off-Broadway theatre companies occupying a wide range of venues continues. Red Line Theater, a new Tribeca-based outfit, is teaming with the two-year-old All Seasons Theatre Group for a three-part festival of one-acts, running Jan. 13-Feb. 1. Among the writers of new works are Keith Reddin, Jonathan Tolins and Warren Leight. Titled "The Launch Festival," the 12 plays will run at the Red Line's home at 128 Chambers Street, former home of New York Performance Works.
Here's the festival line-up:
Series A: (Jan. 13-18)
Afterwords, by actress-playwright Leslie Lyles, directed by Deborah LaCoy, with Paul Megna and Laura Poe.
The Rothko Room by Stuart Spencer, directed by Jonathan Ruocco; with Elizabeth Hess and Ean Sheehy.
Haiti by Keith Reddin, directed by Shirley Kaplan; with Leslie Lyles, Michael Wilson, Cezar Williams and Dan Ziskie. Reddin, an actor and playwright, has penned such works as Life During Wartime and an adaptation of Black Snow.
Plummet by Helayne Schiff, directed by Chris Messina; with Tim Barker & Wendy Hoopes.
Series B: (Jan. 20-25)
Stewart's Line by Jonathan Tolins; Directed by Sarala Dee. Tolins' works include Twilight of the Golds and the recent If Memory Serves.
Joe and Stew's Theatre of Brotherly Love and Financial Success by Jacquelyn Reingold, directed by Warren Leight.
The Final Interrogation of Ceaucescu's Dog by Warren Leight; with Alexander Robert Scott and Ean Sheehy. Leight is the author of the Tony winning Side Man.
Sullied by Tom O'Brien; Directed by Jeff Jowdy; with Caitlin Fitzgerald, Ben Lipitz, Chris Messina, Steve Roman, Elizabeth Yaskin.
Series C: (Jan. 27-Feb. 2)
`Bye by Maureen McDuffee; directed by Merri Wilwe; with Michele Karas, Laurena Allen & Elyse Knight.
Chrissy by Jeffrey Reich; directed by Mark Roberts.
Selma's Break by Matthew Swan; Directed by Ian McCrudden
Willie, Say Goodbye to Baseball by Marc Ardito; Directed by Robert Davenport. The Launch Festival will also include late-night solo performances by Nancy Giles, Cindy Kaplan, Rich Egan and Rosie Bacchi. According to a Red Line spokesperson, among works undergoing some level of development at All Seasons were Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation and Leight's Glimmer Brothers.
For tickets and information on the Launch Festival call (212) 566-1500.
-- By David Lefkowitz