LOOT Opens Tomorrow at Red Bull Theater
Red Bull Theater presents the Off Broadway revival of Loot by Joe Orton. Red Bull Artistic Director Jesse Berger directs a company that includes Rebecca Brooksher (Fay), Eric Martin Brown (Meadows), Jarlath Conroy (McLeavy), Ryan Garbayo (Dennis), Rocco Sisto (Truscott), and Nick Westrate (Hal). Loot has scenic design by Narelle Sissons, costume design by Sara Jean Tosetti, lighting design by Scott Zielinski, and sound design by Brad Berridge. Opening Thursday January 16th, this limited engagement continues through February 9th only at Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street).
One of the 20th Century's most subversive comic masterpieces, this "Comedy of Horrors" is a merciless satire of religious hypocrisy, middle-class British morality, and blind faith in authority. The McLeavy's are in mourning, but young Hal and his partner-in-crime need someplace to stash their loot. When Scotland Yard's finest comes sniffing about, no one escapes suspicion, from the naughty nurse to dear old gardening dad. And where did Mrs. McLeavy's body go? Orton's wicked stew of Oscar Wilde and Kafka is sexy, sharp-witted, and shocking.
Rebecca Brooksher's New York credits include: Dying City (Lincoln Center, Lortel nomination Best Actress), Love's Labor's Lost (The Public Theater), The Scariest (Bleecker Street), White People (Atlantic Stage 2). Recent regional credits include: Golden Age (The Kennedy Center), She Stoops to Conquer and Twelfth Night (McCarter Theatre), Monster at the Door (Alley), Period of Adjustment and Anna Christie (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), and All My Sons (Barrington Stage). TV: "Love Monkey," "Ugly Betty," "The Confession;" recurring on "One Life to Live," "Canterbury's Law," "The Good Wife." Film: Cold Souls, The Muse.
Eric Martin Brown: Broadway: The Dance of Death; Off-Broadway: Mint Theatre: The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd; Suddenly Last Summer; New Group: Servicemen; Lincoln Center Institute: Fly; The Public Theater: The Ruby Sunrise; The 7th Monarch. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC: Measure for Measure, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II; Cleveland Playhouse: Bell, Book and Candle; Cincinnati Playhouse: The History of Invulnerability; The Wilma Theater: Age of Arousal; Palm Beach Drama Works: Dinner with Friends; Studio Arena: Three Days of Rain; Elm Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale, Holiday; The Old Globe: Smash; Nevada Conservatory Theater: Doubt; Capital Repertory: The Taming of the Shrew; Yale Repertory: Richard III; International: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. FILM: Pear; Found In Time; The Response; Jacklight; All I Want For Christmas. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent; 30 Rock; Gossip Girl; Third Watch; One Life to Live; As the World Turns.
Jarlath Conroy has appeared on Broadway in The Seagull, The Weir, The Iceman Cometh, On The Waterfront, Ghetto, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Visit, Comedians. Off-Broadway: The Coward, Finn, A Man of No Importance, Our Lady of Sligo, A Life, Gardenia, Translations, The Matchmaker. Regional: Merry Wives of Windsor, The Homecoming, The Steward of Christendom (Barrymore Award), Juno and the Paycock (Helen Hayes Award), Henry V, (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Henry VI, Faith Healer, Twelfth Night, Ah, Wilderness!, Inherit the Wind, A Christmas Carol, Catchpenny Twist. International: Cromwell and Hamlet at The Royal Court, London, The White Devil at The Old Vic, numerous plays at Nottingham Rep. Film & TV: Putzel, True Grit, The Art of Getting By, Across the Universe, Kinsey, Stay, Day of the Dead, Heaven's Gate, "Law & Order", "Law and Order SVU", "NYPD Blue", "Summer." Director: True West and Human Resources.
Ryan Garbayo: New York: Unrequited (The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab), Final Analysis (VHTDF - Signature Center), The Time of Your Life (Attic Theater). Regional: Amadeus (Maltz Jupiter Theater), Suddenly Last Summer (Westport Country Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare Theatre, DC), The Awake (Portland Stage Company), The Glass Menagerie, The Winter's Tale, Reckless, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chautauqua Theater Company). NYU Grad: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Once in a Lifetime, Strindberg/Strindberg, The Hot L Baltimore, Antony and Cleopatra.
Rocco Sisto previously appeared at Red Bull Theater in Volpone. Recent roles include Richard in Richard II for Shakespeare & Co and Samuel in Richard Foreman's Old Fashioned Prostitutes at The Public Theater. Broadway: To Be Or Not To Be, Amadeus, A Month in the Country, The Comedy of Errors. Off-Broadway: The Winter's Tale (The Public Theater, Obie Award), and Quills (NYTW, Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination). TV: "666 Park Ave," "MildrEd Pierce," "The Sopranos," "CSI," "Law & Order," "Star Trek TNG." Film: Frequency, Donnie Brasco, Eraser, Carlito's Way among many others. Founding member, Shakespeare & Co.
Nick Westrate was awarded a Special Drama Desk Award for his versatility in the 2011-'12 season in New York. Broadway: A Moon for the Misbegotten. Off-Broadway: Tribes (Barrow Street), Galileo (CSC), Love's Labor's Lost (The Public Theater; St. Clair Bayfield Award), Unnatural Acts (CSC), The Little Foxes (NYTW), The Boys in the Band (Transport Group; Drama Desk nomination featured actor), Persona (HERE), Terre Haute, The Vietnamization of New Jersey. Regional: Good People (Huntington Theatre Company), The Whipping Man (Barrington Stage), Tartuffe (Yale Rep/McCarter Theater), The Merchant of Venice (California Shakespeare Theater). Film: CARE, Beach Pillows. TV: Series Regular on "Hatfields and McCoys" (NBC), Guest star credits includes "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "New Amsterdam" (FOX), "MildrEd Pierce" (HBO). NYTW Usual Suspect, where he founded and curates the Process in Performance series.
Director Jesse Berger's credits include Founding Artistic Director, Red Bull Theater; as director: Pericles, The Revenger's Tragedy, Edward the Second, Women Beware Women, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton (Callaway Award Nom.), The Maids (Lortel/Drama League Award Nom's, Outstanding Revival), Volpone. Other: Soho Rep, Denver Center, Old Globe, Pittsburgh Public, PlayMakers, Great Lakes, numerous Shakespeare Festivals, Washington Shakespeare Company (Marat/Sade, Helen Hayes Award). More at redbulltheater.com/Jesse.
Red Bull Theater's Tenth Anniversary Season includes Off Broadway revivals of modern classics by the iconoclastic Joe Orton and Charles Ludlam alongside Revelation Readings of Jacobean gems such as Arden of Faversham and The Roaring Girl, and rarities like Brecht & Weill's Happy End and Thornton Wilder's Alcestiad, offering something for every lover of classic theater to relish. With the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as its cornerstone, Red Bull Theater's Tenth Anniversary season builds upon the company's unique mission to present vital and imaginative renderings of heightened language plays from all eras and cultures, expanding programming as Red Bull Theater enters a second decade of sharing great classic stories.
Red Bull's OBIE Award-winning Revelation Reading series (Monday evenings at 7:30pm) continues with a "Russian Winter" combo of the New York premiere of Nabokov's The Tragedy of Mr. Morn with David Greenspan directed by Ethan McSweeny on December 9th and Ostrovsky's Too Clever by Half with Stephen Spinella directed by Daniel Sullivan on December 16th. Readings in 2014 feature such actors and directors as Lily Rabe, André De Shields, Nancy Anderson, Jeff McCarthy, Jayne Houdyshell, John Rando, Doug Hughes, GT Upchurch and more. For a complete list of Readings, updated cast information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.redbulltheater.com/Readings.
Acclaimed as "a dynamic producer of classic plays" by The New York Times and "the most exciting classical theater in New York" by Time Out New York, Red Bull Theater has previously staged productions of Shakespeare's Pericles, the anonymous Revenger's Tragedy, Marlowe's Edward the Second, Middleton's Women Beware Women, Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, the Off Broadway premiere of Dekker, Ford & Rowley's The Witch of Edmonton, a major Off Broadway revival of Jean Genet's The Maids, the American premiere of Mike Poulton's new version of Strindberg's The Dance of Death, and the first Off Broadway revival of Volpone in over 50 years. The New York Times called Pericles "the stuff of dreams," The Revenger's Tragedy "Dynamite!," Edward the Second "fired with excitement," Women Beware Women "exuberant, vividly acted," and The Duchess of Malfi "boiling drama." Ben Brantley hailed The Witch of Edmonton as "a singular blend of psychological realism, naturalistic detail and lurid, black-magic-shadowed sensationalism" and The Maids as "wonderful." The Maids was nominated as Outstanding Revival by both the Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards, Strindberg's Dance of Death was critically praised as "searing and edgy" and Volpone received critical accolades such as "wonderful & appealing" from The New York Times and "triumphant" from Associated Press, among others.
Red Bull Theater's work has been recognized with multiple Callaway, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, and OBIE Award nominations and Awards. Red Bull Theater reaches out to NYC students of all ages through "Direct Address" education programs teaching Shakespeare in middle schools, providing student matinees and ASL Interpreted performances of productions, and offering master classes in classical acting. Post-play "Bull Session" discussions with scholars and artists following selected Sunday matinees and readings are free and open to the public. Red Bull Theater celebrates its 10th Anniversary producing great classic theater Off Broadway.
Performances, which run through February 9th only, are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker & Hudson Streets). Single tickets are on sale now (from only $25). Matador Club members have access to half-price tickets along with other perks. Memberships and single tickets may be purchased online at www.redbulltheater.com or by phone at (212) 352-3101.
For more information visit www.redbulltheater.com.
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