Red Bull Theater's VOLPONE, Featuring Stephen Spinella, Tovah Feldshuh and More, Begins Tomorrow
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by BWW News Desk
Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director) will present a rare revival of Ben Jonson's VOLPONE, or The Fox, for a strictly limited engagement beginning Tuesday, November 27th at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets).
Mr. Berger directs a company that features Jen Eden (Galileo the Musical), Alvin Epstein ("one of our culture's hidden treasures" -Village Voice; "one of the great classical actors of his generation" - New York Magazine), Tovah Feldshuh (4 Tony Award nominations - Best Actress, 4 Drama Desk Awards, 4 Outer Critics Circle Awards, Obie, Theatre World and Lucille Lortel Awards), Cameron Folmar (The 39 Steps -Broadway), Michael Mastro (Broadway: Love! Valour! Compassion!, Barrymore, Side Man, Judgement At Nuremberg, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Twelve Angry Men, Mamma Mia!), Sean Patrick Doyle (La Cage Aux Folles, Mary Poppins), Christina Pumariega (Seminar - Broadway; Witch of Edmonton - Red Bull Theater; Uncle Vanya - Soho Rep), Pearl Rhein (The Red Letterbox - CSC), Rocco Sisto (Quills - Drama Desk Award), Alexander Sovronsky (Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac; NYSF: Romeo & Juliet; TFANA - Othello), Teale Sperling (Christmas Spectacular 2010, '11 - RCMH), Stephen Spinella (Tony Award winner: Best Featured Actor and Best Actor for his performance as Prior Walter in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America: Perestroika respectively; Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor - James Joyce's The Dead), Raphael Nash Thompson and Gregory Wooddell (Broadway: The Lyons).
Meet Volpone, the rich old Magnifico, whose ingenious schemes and farcical scams dupe his wealthy friends into showering him with gold. This Jacobean juggler robs the rich to feed the richer. Considered one of the greatest comedies ever written for the stage, Jonson's merciless satire of greed and lust delightfully skewers the vanities and hypocrisies of humanity with irreverent comic relish. A feast of extraordinary language and outrageous characters await you in this timeless and timely classic from the pen of Shakespeare's greatest peer.
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 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,and a major Off Broadway revival of Jean Genet's The Maids. 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. All of Red Bull Theater's productions have enjoyed sold-out and often extended Off-Broadway runs.
Now heading towards 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. Post-play "Bull Session" discussions with noted scholars following Sunday matinees of all productions are free and open to the public.
Benefit Gala Night for Volpone will be Sunday, December 2nd at 7pm with special guests to be announced.
Performances of Volpone will be Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings at 7:30pm, Friday evenings at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Visit www.redbulltheater.com for complete calendar.