You might say that during the pandemic I became smitten with the Red Bull Theater. Here is their goal in life: “RED BULL THEATER brings rarely seen classic plays to dynamic new life for contemporary audiences. Our work unites a respect for tradition with a modern sensibility.”
And during the pandemic they have presented a number of classic plays via pay what you can Zoom readings and as I have posted previously, seemed to have managed to harness some of the best attributes of Zoom for live theater readings.
And now they are about to bring one of the great classic playwrights, Ben Jonson, to their Zoom theater! Again, a pay what you can performance done live on Monday night June 14th at 7:30 PM EDT. After the live stream on Monday night, the recorded version will be available until Friday evening, June 18th at 7:00 PM EDT. So you will have multiple opportunities to enjoy the play reading during the week. So that’s my spiel…here’s some more info from their Volpone page!
Meet Volpone, the rich old magnifico, whose ingenious schemes and farcical scams dupe his wealthy friends into showering him with gold. This feast of extraordinary language and outrageous characters is a merciless satire that delightfully skewers the selfish manipulations of hypocrites—without excusing the greed and gullibility of their victims. Against scoundrels cloaked in propriety and legal dodgings, the virtuous are practically defenseless—and even the judge is on the make. Is Volpone the sly fox…or the outfoxed?
And visit the link above for more information about the play, Ben Jonson, and the reading itself!
other AIP posts @ Red Bull: Red Bull Theater Reads MJ Kaufman’s GALATEA!, Red Bull Theater Reads John Lyly’s Gallathea, RBT: The Woman Hater.