Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei will host the first evening, which is scheduled as a benefit for the Red Bull Company. Jessica Hecht (Howard Katz, The Last Night of Ballyhoo) stars in Paula Vogel's Desdemona, "a satirical and provocatively alternate view of Shakespeare's Othello as seen from the perspective of the women in the play." Live music and a cocktail reception with the performers will follow the reading.
On Oct. 8 Mathew Rauch stars in the Jacobean tragedy The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. Melanie Marnich's contemporary lyrical re-telling of The Changeling follows on Oct. 22. Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris stars with direction by Well helmer, Leigh Silverman.
The Pillowman's Michael Stuhlberg returns to the Revelation Readings alongside Tony winner Ellen McLaughlin to headline Albert Camus' The Just on Oct. 29. Eric McSweeny (Best Man) directs Anthony Clarvoe's adaptation, which is set "inside a terrorist cell circa 1905 and peer[s] into the hearts and minds of young people willing to kill and die for what they believe."
Nov. 12 will feature The Rover, by Alphra Behn, adapted by John Barton. Eleanor Holdridge directs the Restoration comedy set in 17th-century Spain.
On Nov. 26 Tony Award winner Richard Easton and Tony and Academy Award nominee Lynn Redgrave star in The Lady's Not for Burning, directed by Tony winner Joseph Hardy. Christopher Fry's comedy, according to press notes, is set "in a world of hypocrisy, post-war superstition and witch-hunting, [where] a man returns from war to find love and redemption in spite of his circumstances, all in a hilariously chaotic mix of characters wrapped up in a poetic tangle of fun." Michael Sexton will direct Bertolt Brecht's radical revision of Marlowe's Edward II on Jan. 7, 2008. Kay Matschullat's contemporary revision of Alfred de Musset's On ne badine pas avec l'amour, entitled Don't Fuck With Love, will be presented Jan. 14 under the direction of Lear deBessonet.
Closing the Revelation Reading series on Jan. 21 is Tony Award winner Roger Rees in James Shirley's The Cardinal. Carl Forsman directs Rees in the Elizabethan drama, which "explores corruption in the church through a wonderfully tangled web of deceit, plots, love affairs, poison and death."
The Red Bull Theater Company's Revelation Readings will be held at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater, located in Manhattan at 416 West 42nd Street. Tickets are available by visiting www.ticketcentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200.
For further information visit www.redbulltheater.com.