Monday, January 24, 2022

"The Wonder of Women" Next Monday Night






Online Benefit Reading
by John Marston
Directed by Nathan Winkelstein
Monday, January 31, 2022

​Sensational melodrama, overt eroticism, and splashes of wry wit color John Marston’s grimly dark Jacobean tragedy – inspired by events from Roman history. A dauntless princess is tested in a crucible of moral absolutes, ruthless ambition, and utter depravity. After her wedding night is interrupted by the onset of war, Sophonisba emerges from a series of conspiracies with heroic virtue as the “just shame of men” and multi-faceted “wonder of women.” GET COMPLETE DETAILS.

This online event features Ro Boddie, Robert Cuccioli, Reynaldo Piniella, Cara Ricketts, Derek Smith, and Sarin Monae West



"Written and staged between severe plague outbreaks, The Wonder of Women joins a cluster of contemporary tragedies in abandoning England for remote worlds. Like King Lear (1606), Timon of Athens (1606), Antony and Cleopatra (1606), and Pericles (1607), it takes place in a distant pagan past; like some of these plays, as well as Othello (1604), it also conjures the foreign spaces of the Mediterranean basin and North Africa. These plays offer, in the words of Coriolanus (1608), the possibility of "a world elsewhere" - an alternative to the claustrophobic urban spaces of plague-ridden London. For better and for worse, these other worlds prove unruly, racially mixed, and unbound by conventional gender norms. Among their marvels - especially in The Tragedy of Sophonisba - is a new model of heroism embodied by women... For all its dark tragic turns, The Wonder of Women sounds a note of triumph in its portrait of a woman whose glory cannot be dimmed." – Scholar TANYA POLLARD (read more)





Our Off-Broadway production of Ben Jonson's THE ALCHEMIST will stream on-demand from February 1 - February 14, 2022. This is your chance to enjoy the Red Bull Theater experience right here at your computer, in the palm of your hand, or on your smart TV. Don’t miss the fun.





by Aimé Césaire
Translated from the French by Philip Crispin
Directed by Lanise Antoine Shelley
Monday, February 28, 2022 | 7:30 PM EST 

Celebrated poet and activist Aimé Césaire strikingly adapts Shakespeare's celebrated Jacobean play through a postcolonial lens. The characters and plot are largely unchanged. Prospero conjures a violent storm to drive his enemy’s ship ashore on the island on which he is exiled with his daughter. Césaire’s island is located specifically in the Caribbean and Caliban and Ariel, depicted here as black slaves to Prospero, are centralized. Their opposing voices echo Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. Written in the tumultuous 1960s, A Tempest confronts complex intersections of race, power, and anti-imperialism with intelligence, wit, and beauty.  GET COMPLETE DETAILS

Presented in collaboration with FRENCH INSTITUTE ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE (FIAF) and THE DRAMA LEAGUE. Leadership support provided by ART LAB | MEG FOFONOFF.