LOOT & THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Set for Red Bull Theater's 2013-14 Season
Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director) will present their Tenth Anniversary Season at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theater, including Off Broadway revivals of modern classics by the iconoclastic Joe Orton and Charles Ludlam - writing in the tradition of Marlowe and Aristophanes - alongside Revelation Readings of Jacobean gems such as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and The Roaring Girl, and of rarities like the American Premiere of Nabokov's Tragedy of Mr. Morn, Brecht & Weill's musical 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 their touchstone, Red Bull Theater's Tenth Anniversary season builds upon their unique history and mission to present vital and imaginative renderings of heightened language plays from all eras and cultures, expanding programming as they begin a second decade of sharing great classic stories.
Originally titled "Comedy of Horrors," Loot is one of the 20th century's most subversive comic masterpieces. Wickedly in love with words and sex, it's Feydeau by way of Wilde and Genet, in a merciless lampoon of religious hypocrisy, middle-class British morality, and blind faith in authority.
Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep is 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.
Performances will be Tuesday & Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, Thursday & 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 for productions will go on sale starting Friday November 1st. Memberships are available now - Members receive priority ordering opportunities and can make reservations for productions early. Membershipsfrom $20 may be purchased online at www.redbulltheater.com or by phone at (212) 352-3101.
Monday October 7 (7:30pm) will offer a special benefit reading and party to kick off the Tenth Anniversary Season: hear one of the greatest plays in all Jacobean drama performed by some of the finest actors in New York - 'Tis Pity She's A Whore by John Ford, directed by Jesse Berger, featuring Christian Camargo, Santino Fontana, Adam Green, Heather Lind, Matthew Rauch, Rocco Sisto, Emily Swallow, Michael Urie, and more to be announced.
Join the cast, along with special guests Heidi Armbruster, Michael Cerveris, Patrick Page, Jennifer Ikeda, Kathryn Meisle, Liv Rooth, Miriam Silverman, John Douglas Thompson, Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards"), Marc Vietor and more for festivities after the reading. Tickets are $150 Reading & Party; $300 Premium Benefit Seating, Party & VIP Pre-Show Cocktails. Purchase tickets online at www.redbulltheater.com or by phone at (212) 352-3101.