Tuesday, February 22, 2022

This Monday! A TEMPEST | In-Person & Livestreamed





by Aimé Césaire
Translated from the French by Philip Crispin
Live from FIAF Florence Gould Hall, NYC
THIS MONDAY February 28, 2022 | 7:30 PM EST 

Celebrated poet and activist Aimé Césaire strikingly adapts Shakespeare's classic 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



This reading will be directed by Lanise Antoine Shelley, the Artistic Director of Chicago's House Theatre and the 2021-2022 Drama League Classical Directing Fellow. The company will feature Isabel Ellison, Carson Elrod, Kimberly Exum, Manoel Felciano, Enid Graham, Isaiah Johnson, Anthony Michael Lopez, Paul Niebanck, Jay O. Sanders, Derek Smith, and Anthony Venturini.

A Tempest marks Red Bull Theater’s return to our in-person REVELATION READINGS, our ongoing OBIE Award-winning series that offers audiences the unique opportunity to experience rarely produced classic plays performed by the finest actors working today. This will be the first time that we have Livestreamed an in-person event.

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





Coming March 14 | When Lady Happy and her friends decide to ignore society’s expectations and consciously choose to avoid men and marriage, they seclude themselves inside a free-thinking and joyous community, creating a radical feminist utopia: the Convent of Pleasure. Cavendish’s 17th-century play imagines a space established by and for women to live for pleasure without men. But when a mysterious Princess comes to join the convent, a "princely brave woman truly, of a masculine presence," the paradise of the enclave shakes. The online event will be directed by Kim Weild and is presented in collaboration with R/18 Collective. | GET COMPLETE DETAILS