The Tony Randall Theatrical Grant, bestowed annually to a non-profit equity company in the tri-state area, supports the production of a classic revival, adaptation of a classic, or a new work directly inspired by classical theatre.
Penned by Thomas Middleton, Women Beware Women, according to press notes, "is a rarely performed piece which speaks with a shockingly contemporary voice about sexual politics and women's rights. A Romeo and Juliet for adults, Livia, a widow, pursues sexual independence and in the process she destroys not only herself, but the innocent lives of those around her. Women Beware Women is a timely examination of the inherent pitfalls of a society that does not treat women equally and that treats love as a commodity."
The Tony Randall Grant has awarded $100,000 to the Red Bull Theater Company for the production of Middleton's work that is scheduled for a late 2008 production. Also awarded a separate $10,000 grant from the Tony Randall Theatrical Fund is the Classical Theatre of Harlem in anticipation of its Off-Broadway staging of Moliere's Tartuffe later this fall.
The Red Bull Theater Company previously received funding from the Tony Randall Fund for last season's production of Christopher Marlowe's Edward the Second.
Heather Randall, Tony's wife, created the fund when Randall passed away in 2004. The National Actors Theatre, which Tony Randall founded in 1991, presented over 20 productions of classical works on Broadway and Off-Broadway. The 2008 Tony Randall Grant Selection Committee members included Jed Bernstein, Martha Clarke, John Guare, Doug Wright, Jack Klugman, Brian Murray, Laila Robins and Gary Springer.
The Red Bull Theater Company specifically produces works incorporating heightened language, with a focus on the works of Shakespeare and other playwrights of the Jacobean era. Recent productions include Marlow's Edward the Second and Shakespeare's Pericles. Red Bull also produces the Obie Award-winning Revelation Readings series.
The Red Bull Theater Company can be located on the web at www.redbulltheater.com.
For further information on the Tony Randall Theatrical Fund, visit www.tonyrandalltheatricalfund.org.