Laila Robins' Broadway credits include Heartbreak House, the Tony-nominated play Frozen (Lucille Lortel Nomination), The Herbal Bed and The Real Thing. Off-Broadway: Sorry, The Lady From Dubuque (Outer Critics Circle nom., Richard Seff Award), Sweet and Sad (OBIE and Drama Desk for Best Ensemble), That Hopey Changey Thing, Antony and Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sore Throats (Lucille Lortel nom.), Tiny Alice, Mrs. Klein (Joseph Jefferson Award and a Helen Hayes Nomination for national tour), The Merchant Of Venice (Calloway Award), That Face. Regional credits include Dangerous Beauty, The Three Sisters (Cincinnati Acclaim Award), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1997 Jefferson Award for Best Actress). Company member of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Film: Side Effects, Concussion, Multiple Sarcasms, The Good Shepherd, Planes, Trains And Automobiles, An Innocent Man, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, True Crime. Television: "Person Of Interest," "Blue Bloods," "Damages," "Too Big To Fail," "Bored To Death," "God In America," "In Treatment," "The Sopranos," "Law and Order" trifecta, and the series lead in "Gabriel's Fire" opposite James Earl Jones.
Red Bull Theater, hailed as "the city's gutsiest classical theater" by Time Out New York, is the not-profit Off-Broadway theater company specializing in plays of heightened language, with a unique focus on the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. In the 2012 season, building on its history of Revelation Readings and In The Raw Workshops, the company expanded its production repertoire to include world classics from all eras, starting with Jean Genet's The Maids. Red Bull Theater continues to produce large-scale works from Shakespeare's era and rarely produced classics from across the spectrum as it expands the number of full productions on offer per season, this year featuring a hit fall production of Ben Jonson's Volpone and a spring revival of August Strindberg's modern classic, The Dance of Death. Red Bull Theater embraces the imagination of theatergoers through intimate, imaginative productions of great classic stories.
Acclaimed as "a troupe that lovers of classic theater should put on the must-watch list," by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times, Red Bull Theater has previously staged productions of Shakespeare's Pericles, the anonymous Revenger's Tragedy, Marlowe's Edward the Second, Middleton's Women Beware Women, Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, the Off Broadway premiere of Dekker, Ford & Rowley's Witch of Edmonton, a major Off Broadway revival of Jean Genet's The Maids, and the first Off Broadway revival of Volpone in over 50 years. The New York Times called Pericles "the stuff of dreams," The Revenger's Tragedy "Dynamite!," Edward the Second "fired with excitement," Women Beware Women "exuberant, vividly acted," The Duchess of Malfi "boiling drama," The Witch of Edmonton was hailed by Ben Brantley as "a singular blend of psychological realism, naturalistic detail and lurid, black-magic-shadowed sensationalism" and The Maids as "delectable" and "wonderful" and was nominated as Outstanding Revival by both the Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards, and Volpone received critical accolades such as "wonderful & appealing" from The New York Times and "triumphant" from Associated Press, among others. All of Red Bull Theater's productions have enjoyed sold-out and often extended Off-Broadway runs.
Now entering its 10th Anniversary in 2013, Red Bull Theater's work has been recognized with multiple Callaway, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, and OBIE Award nominations and Awards.
Red Bull Theater has staged over 100 readings through its ongoing OBIE Award-winning Revelation Readings, named by the Village Voice "Best Play Reading Series," and has developed several new plays of heightened language and classics of the future through its In-the-Raw workshop program. Red Bull Theater reaches out to NYC students of all ages through its Direct Address education programs, teaching drama and literacy utilizing Shakespeare, as well as providing ASL-Interpreted performances and student matinees for all productions, and offering master classes in classical acting for professional development. Post-play "Bull Session" discussions with noted scholars following Sunday matinees of all productions are free and open to the public.