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"Mac Beth" adapted by Erica Schmidt at Red Bull Theater in 2019. (Photo by Richard Termine)

Red Bull Theater 2019-20 Season to Include World Premiere Adaptation

The season will kick off with a benefit performance of the Olivier-winning ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’.

NEW YORK: Red Bull Theater has announced their 2019-20 season, featuring the world premiere of the play The Alchemist adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher.

“I am thrilled to announce the rarely seen plays and incredible theatre artists that will make up the mix of our new season,” said artistic director Jesse Berger in a statement. “It’s another exciting and uniquely delightful season of classical theatre.”

The season will begin with a benefit performance of the Olivier-winning musical Return to the Forbidden Planet (Oct. 21) by Bob Carlton. Filled with rock ’n’ roll classics, the musical sets Shakespeare’s The Tempest in outer space. Gabriel Barre, star of the original New York production, will direct.

The next mainstage production will be the world premiere of The Alchemist by Jeffrey Hatcher, adapted from Ben Jonson. In this Red Bull commission, Hatcher brings the Jacobean comedy into the 21st century. Performances will begin in May, and Berger will direct.

Red Bull will also continue their Revelation Readings program, which puts classic plays in conversation with new works. The lineup includes The Traitor (Nov. 18) by James Shirley, directed by Nathan Winkelstein; Love Lies A-Bleeding (Dec. 16) by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, directed by Carl Cofield; Women Beware Women (Jan. 27, 2020) by Thomas Middleton, directed by José Zayas; The Scarlet Letter (Feb. 10), adapted by Kate Hamill from Nathaniel Hawthorne, directed by Sarna Lapine; The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs (Valor, Agravio y Mujer) (March 16) by Ana Caro Mallén de Soto , directed by Melia Bensussen; Paradise Lost (April 6), adapted by Michael Barakiva from John Milton; Keene (May 18) by Anchuli Felicia King, directed by Ethan McSweeney; and The Claudias (June 15) by Lynne Rosen, directed by Meredith McDonough.

Red Bull will also present their tenth annual Short New Play Festival in summer 2020.

Founded in 2003, Red Bull brings rarely seen classic plays to dynamic new life for contemporary audiences.

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