Red Bull Theater to Present THE DANCE OF DEATH American Premiere at Lucille Lortel Theatre, 4/10-5/4
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by BWW News Desk
Red Bull Theater will present the American Premiere of a new adaptation of August Strindberg's The Dance of Death by Mike Poulton (Tony Award Nominee for Best Play for Fortune's Fool), directed by Joseph Hardy (Tony Award winner for Best Director for Child's Play), for a strictly limited engagement beginning April 10th and continuing through May 4th only, at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson Streets). Opening Night is set for Thursday April 18th.
Joseph Hardy directs a company that features Daniel Davis and Laila Robins. Dance of Death will have set design by Beowulf Borritt, costume design by Alejo Vietti, and sound design by Brandon Wolcott.
On an isolated island, military captain Edgar, and his wife, a former actress, Alice, approach the 25th anniversary of a marriage turned deeply sour. When a jolt from the past arrives in the shape of their younger cousin Gustav, a deadly battle of wills begins. And Edgar is prepared to fight to his very last breath... Strindberg's viciously witty vivisection of a diabolic union blazed the trail for searing modern portraits of marriage like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Red Bull Theater brings Strindberg's masterpiece back to life in a savagely comic and bracingly intimate production, courtesy of a new adaptation by Tony nominated playwright Mike Poulton.
Performances of Dance of Death will be Tuesday, Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, Thursday & Friday evenings at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Visit www.redbulltheater.com for complete calendar. Benefit Gala Night for Dance of Death will be Sunday, April 14th at 7pm with special guests to be announced. Tickets from $20 may be purchased online at www.redbulltheater.com or by phone at (212) 352-3101.
Mike Poulton began writing for the theatre in 1995. In 2003 his Fortune's Fool directed by Arthur Penn on Broadway received a Tony nomination for Best Play and went on to win seven major awards including the Tony for Best Actor for Alan Bates, and the Tony for Best Featured Actor for Frank Langella. His first two productions were staged the following year at the Chichester Festival Theatre: Uncle Vanya with Derek Jacobi, and Fortune's Fool with Alan Bates. Since then, productions include Schiller's Wallenstein directed by Angus Jackson for Chichester's summer season 2009 and Mary Stuart for Clywd Theatr Cymru directed by Terry Hands; The Lady From The Sea at Birmingham Rep directed by Lucy Bailey; The Cherry Orchard at Clwyd Theatr Cymru directed by Terry Hands; The Canterbury Tales in two parts for the RSC directed by Gregory Doran; The Father at Chichester's Minerva Theatre and Uncle Vanya on Broadway with Derek Jacobi, Roger Rees and Laura Linney. Earlier productions include The Dance Of Death and Euripides' Ion at The Mercury Theatre Colchester, Ghosts with Nichola McAuliffe at Plymouth Theatre Royal and St Erkenwald at the RSC - all directed by David Hunt; and Three Sisters with Charles Dance at Birmingham Rep directed by Bill Bryden. In 2005 his adaptation of Schiller's Don Carlos (Crucible, Sheffield and West End) with Derek Jacobi, directed by Michael Grandage won an Olivier Award. In 2001 his adaptation of the York Mystery Plays directed by Gregory Doran was performed for the first time in York Minster. He was commissioned by Horipro to write Anjin - The Shogun And The English Samurai, which opened in December 2009 in Tokyo, followed by a season in Osaka. This has been revived in Japan in December 2012 prior to the run at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London in January/February 2013. In June 2010, his dramatization of Malory's Morte D'arthur commissioned by the RSC and directed by Gregory Doran opened at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. His adaptation of The Bacchae was produced at Manchester's Royal Exchange in November 2010. His new version of Schiller's Luise Miller directed by Michael Grandage had a summer season at the Donmar in 2011 and the première of The Syndicate, a translation of Eduardo De Filippo's Il Sindaco del Rione Sanita opened at Chichester in August 2011 followed by a UK tour. His recent version of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya directed by Lucy Bailey for the Print Room sold out both spring and summer seasons in 2012. Work in progress: stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Booker Mann Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies; a new play for the RSC and several commissions for Chichester Festival Theatre.
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.