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Red Bull Theater is a New York City-based theater company specializing in plays of heightened language. With the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries as its cornerstone, Red Bull Theater embraces the imagination of theatergoers through intimate productions of great classic stories from all eras and cultures.
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The New York Times:"A Dynamic Producer of classic plays." Variety: "Proof not just that classic theater is alive, but that it can still be surprising after hundreds of years." Time Out New York: "The City's Gutsiest Classical Theater."
Red Bull Theater produces fully realized productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries alongside other plays of heightened language from all eras and cultures. Join us as we continue to create a home for imaginative productions of great classic stories.
Previous productions have included The Revenger's Tragedy, Shakespeare's Pericles, Webster's Duchess of Malfi, Middleton's Women Beware Women, Marlowe's Edward the Second, Dekker, Ford & Rowley's Witch of Edmonton, and Jean Genet's The Maids, August Strindberg's Dance of Death, Joe Orton's Loot, and Ben Jonson'sVolpone
Productions planned for the future include: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Don Carlos, The Government Inspector, Creditors, The Maid's Tragedy, and The Tempest.
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Revelation Readings Breathing life into the page. This OBIE Award-Winning ongoing series presents staged readings of new plays and rarely-performed classic texts.
Red Bull Theater is dedicated to the rediscovery of neglected classics, and to the development of new plays of heightened language and classical themes, and new translations of world classics. Revelation Readings provides a unique opportunity to hear these plays performed by many of the finest actors in New York .
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In the Raw Developing the Classics of the Future. This laboratory series provides an artistic bridge between Revelation Readings and Full Productions, providing full-fledged workshops for new projects under development. Each In The Raw workshop includes public presentations of the work-in-process, sharing the project's development with our audience as we work to create classics for the future.
Previous workshops have included plays based on work by Alfred de Musset, Virginia Woolf, Virgil, and Shakespeare.
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Bull Sessions Talking it into Context. Our commitment to exploring great classic plays continues beyond productions and readings with illuminating panel discussions. From post-play talks with the actors, directors, and artists that bring our productions to life, to topical debates on classical theater in today’s world with literary and theatrical experts, we aim to foster a spirited cultural dialogue.
Guest speakers have included Robert Brustein, Barry Edelstein, Michael Feingold, Julie Crawford, Jean Howard, Marvin Carlson, Mario DiGangi, James Bednarz, John McWhorter, Joan Templeton, James Shapiro, and many more.
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Direct Address Heightened Language, Enlightened Education.
At Red Bull Theater we extend our mission into the world of education by bringing the stories of great classical theater to vibrant life in the classroom and by encouraging continued exploration of Shakespeare and his contemporaries at every educational level. Click the graphic to the left or the links below for more information.