Red Bull Revelation Readings to Feature Rabe, Urie, Stuhlbarg, Easton, Bogosian and More

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The Red Bull Theater Company will present works by Racine and Ibsen as well as a Rabe world premiere and a musical based on The Odyssey as part of its 2009-2010 Revelation Readings series.
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Launching the season will be a benefit reading of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, presented Sept. 14. Richard Thomas, Richard Easton and Harris Yulin are slated to perform in the evening that will be directed by Red Bull artistic director Jesse Berger.

John Fletcher's The Wild Goose Chase, featuring Michael Stuhlbarg, will be offered Sept. 21. Tim Carroll directs the "Jacobean comedy of sex and manners – smart women and lustful men—a hilarious precursor of Restoration comedies."

The musical Penelope, featuring a book by Ellen McLaughlin and music by Sarah Kirkland Snider, will be staged Nov. 2. Lisa Rothe directs the musical based on The Odyssey that "explores the trauma of war through one woman’s journey into her husband’s lost memory."

Craig Baldwin will direct Alvin Epstein in Henrik Ibsen's The Pretenders on Nov. 30. "The corrupting force of political power is rendered with jaw-dropping psychological detail in this rarely performed thriller."

Jean Racine's Bérénice, starring Kathryn Meisle, will be presented Dec. 14. Joseph Hardy directs Neil Bartlett's adaptation of the "tragic tale of true love; this pinnacle of French drama examines what real love is, even as that love cannot survive." Kay Matschullat
will stage a reading of Thomas Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness on Dec. 28. Michael Emerson appears in the work that chronicles "the fall of a pure wife and the fate of a young virgin."

Matthew Rauch will appear in Philip Massinger's The Duke of Milan on Jan. 11, 2010. Damon Krometis stages the "Jacobean treasure about honor, revenge, and loving neither well nor wisely."

"Ugly Betty" and The Temperamentals' Michael Urie has been announced to appear in Albert Camus' Caligula on Jan. 25, 2010. Marc Vietor will direct the classic, which asks audiences to "experience the reign of Caligula through existentialist eyes."

Playwright Eric Bogosian and actor Michael Stuhlbarg will inhabit David Bar Katz's Burning, Burning, Burning, Burning on Feb. 8, 2010. Sarah Benson stages the work in which "a prophet throws his village into chaos infusing the people with messianic zeal to hasten the End of Days."

Lope de Vega's The Steward of the Duchess of Amalfi, translated by Álvaro Mendoza, will be offered March 15, 2010. Michael John Garcés directs Alfredo Narciso in this "lyrical, haunting tragedy of tortured desire, class conflict and revenge - written a few years after Webster's version."

Following will be Bertolt Brecht's Duchess of Malfi, adapted by Brecht and W.H. Auden on March 22, 2010. Ian Strasfogel directs Francesca Faridany in "Brecht's version of Webster's masterpiece."

Anne Kaufmann will direct Peter Francis in John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore on May 17, 2010. "[In] the classic Jacobean tale," press notes state, "John Ford turns Romeo & Juliet into siblings, and all manner of madness ensues."

The world premiere of David Rabe's Gilgamesh, under the direction of Leigh Silverman, will be staged May 24, 2010. Michael Stuhlbarg is set to appear in "this hilarious version of the legendary epic Gilgamesh – Part One – in which the Queen, his mother, cannot find him."

The final Revelation Reading will be William Congreve's Love for Love, presented on June 14, 2010. Davis McCallum directs the work full of "racy and outrageous sexual games and satire; this masterpiece of Restoration Comedy is full of disguises, deceptions, and delights."

All Revelation Readings are presented at 7:30 PM. Readings are held at the Theater at St. Clement's, located at 423 West 46th Street in Manhattan.

Tickets for future presentations are available by visiting RedBullTheater or by calling (212) 352-3101.

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