PSA: Red Bull Theater Calls For Submissions For Their 2022 Short New Play Festival!

I am just passing along the announcement and here’s the link to the submissions webpage:

OVERVIEW: Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival returns on Monday, July 11, 2022. Six brand new short plays will be selected from an open-submission process and presented in live in-person staged readings alongside two new short plays by commissioned writers, STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS (Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Our Lady of 121st Street) and LARISSA FASTHORSE (The Thanksgiving Play, What Would Crazy Horse Do?).

INSPIRATION: We are looking for work with classical inspiration. The word ALCHEMY is just a jumping-off point for creative thematic juices. Review our Mission and take a look through our history of Readings and Productions to see the kind of work we have done. Respond to a play we’ve produced or choose a classic of your own to adapt. You might riff on a classical character, borrow a classical milieu, or be inspired to create a brand new style of dramatic verse. Finding inspiration from classics beyond the traditional Western canon is welcome. We hope you will be in dialogue with classical theater in a multitude of creative and surprising ways. 

SUBMISSION FEE: There is a $10 submission fee.

DEADLINE: 12 NOON EST on MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2022. NO EXCEPTIONS.

SELECTED PLAYWRIGHTS: will receive a staged reading of their submission as part of the festival on Monday, July 11, 2022, performed by an ensemble company of some of New York City’s finest actors.

will receive a commissioning fee of $400 and will receive a travel reimbursement of up to $400 to attend the festival rehearsal and performance on Monday, July 11 in New York City.

will be consulted on choices for the shared ensemble cast, will have final script approval, and will have the opportunity to have their play published and licensed by Stage Rights as part of our Red Bull Shorts series.

There are some other pieces of information and guidelines that playwrights will want to know and a bit of ‘fine print’…which can be found on the Red Bull website.

DEADLINE: 12 NOON EST on MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2022. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The Wonder of Women By John Marston, The Latest Zoom Reading By Red Bull Theater.

Red Bull Theater is a talented theater group that presents Elizabethan and Jacobean plays that aren’t Shakespeare. And on a number of occasions I have extolled their acquired ability at doing fresh and engaging on line readings via Zoom…and this presentation of The Wonder of Women written by John Marston and directed by Nathan Winkelstein is no exception.

Now imagine a play where a royal nobleman has a beautiful daughter sought after by two powerful young royals…and the losing suitor takes particular offense and starts a war. And here we have the premise behind The Wonder of Women. But of course it doesn’t end there. The backdrop is the wars between Carthage and Rome…and as Rome invades the land of Carthage to distract Hannibal’s progress in Italy…said rival suitors change and re-change and change again their numerous alliances…with the luckless bride caught in the cross fire. So through out we have an immense amount of bloodshed and characters who suffer from not quite understanding where the royals currently hold allegiance.

In the end, nobody…and I mean nobody wins.

courtesy of Red Bull Theater

The Red Bull presents this reading via six very engaging actors.

The three principal characters are Syphax, ably played by Derek Smith. Syphax is the losing suitor for the hand of Sophonisba and Mr. Smith plays his role as the vengeful rogue from start to tragic finish. The husband of Sophonisba is played by Ro Boddie! As he plays Massinissa, he effectively runs the gamut of star struck lover to ardent defender of Carthage to turncoat of his own accord…in both his marriage and his political allegiances. And the lovely Sophonisba is played remarkably by Cara Ricketts. Sophonisba loves Massinissa and suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune up to a point…in the end she refuses to be a pawn in the great dramas of men…and our tragedy comes to a bloody end.

And we have three other hard working cast members…who have to play a number of different roles…something that I would think far more daunting in a Zoom reading than on a stage.

First we have Sarin Monae West who handles her multiple roles with grace, charm, and a remarkable directness: Gelasso, a Senator of Carthage; Nuntius, a solder of Cirta; Zanthia, servant of Sophonisba; and Eroctho, a night hag. Probably the best character she’s been handed here is the flirtatious and conniving role of Zanthia. I look forward to seeing here play here again in the future.

Robert Cuccioli has two prominent character roles here. First as Asdrubal, a Senator of Carthage and the unfortunate father of Sophonisba. Thinking he has married off his daughter well he finds himself at the helm in the war against Rome. And then playing in the opposite camp he is also Scipio, the Roman general. This oppositional casting confused me at first.

And Reynaldo Piniella is the final cast member and he is charged with a number of royal figures and a major league rogue. Here he is well cast as first Vangue, a servant of Syphax; Laelius, a lieutenant of Rome; and Gisco, a murderer.

I have been lax on getting this written…The Wonder of Women is streaming until tomorrow evening. It is free but with a pay what you can request. Here is the link!

And extra credit reading? Here is the playbill and cast family tree!

screen capture by Ed Heinzelman

Red Bull Theater To Feature A Zoom Reading And Plus Streaming Their Recent Production of The Alchemist!

I have touted Red Bull Theater’s skills at readings via Zoom in a number of previous posts and now they are going to grace us with a new one! This time it is John Marston’s The Wonder of Women. AND they are offering an on demand streaming version of their recent live performance: The Alchemist. Both offerings are pay want to can!

Here are the details and I urge you to sign up for both of them!!

“The more cold fate, the more thy virtue burned”

Sensational melodrama, overt eroticism, and splashes of wry wit color John Marston’s grimly dark Jacobean tragedy–inspired by events from Roman history. A dauntless princess is tested in a crucible of moral absolutes, ruthless ambition, and utter depravity. After her wedding night is interrupted by the onset of war, Sophonisba emerges from a series of conspiracies with heroic virtue as the “just shame of men” and multi-faceted “wonder of women.”

Directed by Nathan Winkelstein

Featuring Ro Boddie, Jason C. Brown, Robert Cuccioli, Cara Ricketts, Derek Smith, and Sarin Monae West

Additional details here…includes a bio of the author as well. Although this is pay what you can, you do have to make a reservation regardless. There will be a live reading and then the recorded reading will be available on line for a limited time:

This event will premiere LIVE on Monday, January 31, 2022.

A recording of that livestream will be available until 7:00 PM EST on Friday, February 3, 2022

A Side-splitting, Screwball FARCE of Magical Proportions.

London. 1610. It’s plague time again. When a wealthy gentleman flees to the country, his trusted servant opens his house to a pair of con artists and sets up a den of criminal capitalism. Claiming alchemical powers, the quick-witted trio fleece an onslaught of greedy sheep with their virtuosic ability to improvise amidst increasingly frantic comings and goings. It’s comic gold with dupes, double-dupes, duels, disguises, and a lucky flea named “Lewis”.

This new version of Jonson’s rowdy comedy classic is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Jesse Berger – ran Off-Broadway for strictly limited engagement from November 7-December 15, 2021.

Streaming On-Demand Available from February 1 – February 14 Only.
Pricing subject to change.

I am grateful that Red Bull Theater is streaming The Alchemist since I didn’t have the opportunity to travel to New York to see the live performances. So you can bet that I have my reservations placed for this unique streaming event!

Details on the play and reservation process are here!

I hope you have the opportunity to experience this fine theater group and you enjoy these streamed events. Wonderful entertainment for a cold winter evening.!