Red Bull Theater Unveils 2018–2019 Season

Off-Broadway News   Red Bull Theater Unveils 2018–2019 Season
The lineup includes a revival of The White Devil and Erica Schmidt’s all-new Macbeth, as told by seven young women after school.
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Red Bull Theater has revealed its 2018–2019 season lineup, including two mainstage Off-Broadway productions and a return of its Obie-winning Revelation Reading Series, featuring rarely produced classic plays and brand-new works in conversation with one another.

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As previously announced, the season will officially kick off with an all-star benefit reading of Noël Coward's Tonight at 8:30 in October.

In 2019, Red Bull will launch its mainstage programming with a production of John Webster’s revenge tragedy The White Devil, directed by Louisa Proske. The revival will mark the play's first New York production in over 50 years; it was last seen in 1965 at the Circle in the Square starring Frank Langella. The play also received a staged reading starring Kathleen Chalfant and others as part of Red Bull's Revelation Readings series in 2016, also directed by Proske.

Performances of The White Devil will begin March 19, 2019, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and continue through April 14. Casting will be announced at a later date.

Beginning May 7, Red Bull will present Erica Schmidt’s contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the Lucille Lortel Theatre. In the new adaptation, seven young women gather after school to retell the story of Macbeth using Shakespeare’s original text. Cast and design team will be announced shortly.

Completing the season are numerous offerings in Red Bull's ongoing Revelation Reading Series, which take place Monday evenings at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The lineup of performers tapped for upcoming performances include Tina Benko, Chukwudi Iwuji, Kate Burton, Patrick Page, Marin Ireland, and Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria.

See the full lineup below.

November 12: The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd, directed by Louisa Proske, with Matthew Amendt, Tina Benko, Emily Swallow, James Udom, and Chukwudi Iwuji.

December 10: The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Davis McCallum, featuring Marco Barricelli, Jennifer LeBlanc, Triney Sandoval, and more.

January 28: The Shadow of a Doubt by Edith Wharton, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, featuring Emily Brown, Kate Burton, Marin Ireland, and Jay O. Sanders.

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February 25: Friedrich Schiller’s Don Carlos, a new version by Mike Poulton, directed by Jesse Berger, with Patrick Page.

March 25: Sir Patient Fancy by Aphra Behn, directed by Leigh Silverman, starring Lea DeLaria.

April 15: A Most Dangerous Woman by Cathy Tempelsman, directed by Pamela Berlin, with Nick Choksi, Stephen DeRosa, Ben Mehl, Rachel Pickup, and Derek Smith.

May 13: Shrew! by Amy Freed, with Dakin Matthews, Danny Scheie and more, directed by Doug Hughes.

June 24: The Alchemist by Jeffrey Hatcher, adapted from Ben Jonson, directed by Jesse Berger, featuring Reg Rogers.

In July, Red Bull Theater will present the 9th Annual Short New Play Festival, directed by May Adrales and Vivienne Benesch.

“The combination of classic material, extraordinary artists and their visionary perspectives are going to make for a delightful and dramatically incendiary 2018–19 season at Red Bull Theater. I’m particularly pleased to announce more diverse contemporary voices joining our conversation with the classics than ever before. Where else can you hear Shakespeare, George Eliot, Ben Jonson, and Aphra Behn in thrilling theatrical dialogue with contemporary writers and directors like May Adrales, Vivienne Benesch, Amy Freed, Lauren Gunderson, Jeffrey Hatcher, Mike Poulton, and Cathy Tempelsman?” said Artistic Director Jesse Berger.

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