Arnie Burton & Robert Sella to Star in Red Bull's THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP; Performances Begin 4/10
Red Bull Theater will present the 30th Anniversary Revival of Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep, starring Arnie Burton and Robert Sella, directed by Everett Quinton. The Mystery of Irma Vep will have scenic design by John Arnone, costume design by Ramona Ponce, lighting design by Peter West, and sound design by Brandon Wolcott.
Performances, which run April 10th through May 11th, will be Tuesday & Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, Thursday & Friday evenings at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm (except Sunday April 13th which will be at 2pm). Added performances will be Sunday evening April 13th at 7pm and Monday evening April 14th at 7:30pm. All performances will be at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets). Opening Night is set for Thursday April 17th.
A true American classic of theatrical language and transformation, careening outrageously through Shakespeare, Victorian melodrama, Poe and Hitchcock. With just two actors engaged in a high style quick-change act, this hilariously horrifying drama marks the return of the Ridiculous to the West Village - replete with werewolves, vampires and mummies. After his first wife, Irma, meets her unfortunate demise on the mysterious moors, Egyptologist Lord Edgar takes Lady Enid as his second wife, much to the dismay of his protective maid, Jane, and his leering swineherd, Nicodemus. But when Lady Enid suffers a similarly supernatural attack, life at Mandacrest Estate quickly becomes a gripping whodunit (or whatdunit) where nothing is remotely what it seems.
Arnie Burton is currently appearing in Machinal at Roundabout. His other Broadway credits include The 39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher, A Free Man of Color and Amadeus. Off-Broadway includes The Explorers Club (MTC), The Temperamentals (Drama Desk Award, Ensemble), The Last Sunday in June, Mere Mortals, The Jew of Malta/The Merchant of Venice (TFANA), Peter and the Starcatcher (NYTW), The Venetian Twins (Pearl). UK: The Merchant of Venice (RSC). Regional: All The Way (A.R.T.), The 39 Steps (Huntington, Irne Award, Best Supporting Actor), The Santaland Diaries, Taming of the Shrew, The Seagull (Old Globe), All in the Timing (Geffen Theater, L.A.); also, the Alley Theater, Philadelphia Theater Co., Berkeley Rep. TV appearances include "Blue Bloods," "Frasier," "Law & Order," "L&O Criminal Intent," "Hope & Faith," "White Collar," "Caroline in the City," "Life on Mars," "6 Degrees." Film: The Invention of Lying, Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Game 6, Igby Goes Down.
Robert Sella's Broadway roles include Freddie in My Fair Lady, the Emcee in Cabaret, Boris in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Clifford in Sideman. Robert played Prior in the first national tour of Angels in America, and starred with Dame Maggie Smith in Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque on the West End. Other favorite roles include: Dennis in Five by Tenn (MTC); Reed in Boys and Girls (Playwrights Horizons); De Villepin and others in Stuff Happens (Public Theater/NYSF); Leo in Design for Living, Don Carlos in Don Carlos, Orin in Mourning Becomes Electra (Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC); Chick in Chick the Great Osram (Hartford Stage); Salieri in Amadeus, Elyot in Private Lives (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Mr. Sella is the proud recipient of a Helen Hayes Award, the Michel Saint-Denis Prize, and the Clarence Derwent Award. He is a graduate of UCLA and Juilliard.