NEW YORK CITY: Red Bull Theater has announced its 2016-17 season, which includes two full productions and readings of rarely-produced and classic plays.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled about our upcoming 2016 -17 season,” artistic director Jesse Berger said in a statement. “We are diving into some of the world’s greatest plays with some of our city’s finest theatre artists.”
The first production will be Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (Oct. 18-Nov. 20), starring Patrick Page and Lisa Harrow. Set in ancient Rome, the story follows a rivalry between two political enemies during a time of social unrest. Michael Sexton will direct.
The second production will be Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector (Spring 2017). The play is a satire of small-town political corruption, and follows the town’s leaders as they prepare for a visit from an undercover inspector. Berger will direct.
Red Bull will also present their Revelation Readings, a series of reading of mostly classical, rarely performed plays. The plays will be Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Nov. 14), John Webster’s The White Devil (Dec. 5), The Merry Devil of Edmonton (by an unknown author, Jan. 23, 2017), Theresa Rebeck’s The Way of the World (Feb. 27, 2017), David Ives’s The Metromaniacs (March 20, 2017), Byron’s Manfred (April 20, 2017), Nikolai Erdman’s The Mandate (May 1, 2017), and the world premiere of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s The Country Wife (June 26, 2017).
The theatre will also host its annual new play festival (July 24, 2017), which will feature eight world premieres.
Red Bull Theater, founded in 2003, produces new and classic plays.