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A joyful celebration of the universal capacity to improvise, this delightful Elizabethan comedy is a rough and rowdy romp. As a group of players gathers to present a play about the elopement of star-crossed lovers, they are abruptly interrupted by a grocer and his wife. They have a different kind of play in mind–an outrageous hero’s quest of derring-do…The Knight of the Burning Pestle. And they know just the fellow to star–their apprentice, Rafe. This new subplot–invented on the fly–takes over the stage in surprising and disruptive ways. Everyone shares in the triumph of love and the singular, anything-can-happen adventure that is live theater.

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The Knight of the Burning Pestle is presented by Red Bull Theater in association with Fiasco Theater.


APRIL 17-MAY 13, 2023
Performances Monday-Saturday



By Francis Beaumont

Directed by Noah Brody & Emily Young

Scenery | Christopher Swader & Justin Swader 

Costumes | Yvonne Miranda

Lighting | Reza Behjat 

Props | Samantha Shoffner

Production Stage Manager |  Chandalae Nyswonger


"We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with Fiasco Theater for The Knight of the Burning Pestle. It’s a play about the power of improvisation and Fiasco is known for its ensemble-driven work and joyful creativity. This play seems to have been written for their unique talents––400 years before they were founded."

–JESSE BERGER | Founder & Artistic Director

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FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble theater company based in NYC that offers dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions, and the highest quality, accessible, affordable training for emerging artists. Fiasco produces annual programming by developing shows through the internal development series, GroundWork, as well as year-round readings and workshops that are open to the public; including the workshop production initiative Without a Net. Additionally, they partner with other theaters who present and/or co-produce Fiasco productions. Presenting partner theaters in NYC have included Classic Stage Company, TFANA,  New Victory and Roundabout Theatre, where Fiasco serves as the first-ever Company in Residence. The Fiasco Conservatory training program offers emerging artists the chance to train full-time in Fiasco’s joy-based, actor-centered approach to theater-making. Fiasco’s Free Training Initiative offers students a primer in Fiasco’s rehearsal approach completely free of charge to all. To date, the company’s award-winning work has been seen by over 200,000 audience members in NYC, including over 12,000 school children, and The New York Times has called Fiasco “a force to reckon with in the American theater.”

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Francis Beaumont was born in Leicestershire in 1584 and moved to London to enter Inner Temple in 1600. While studying to be a lawyer, Beaumont published the erotic poem Salmacis and Hermaphroditus (1602), but soon turned his hand to the stage. A friend and acolyte of Ben Jonson (for whose Volpone he wrote commendatory verse), he went on to form one of the most famous playwriting partnerships in English literary history with John Fletcher. The pair collaborated on a series of plays for The King’s Men (Shakespeare’s company), which were performed at The Globe, The Blackfriars, and the court of James I. Yet it is the solo-authored The Knight of the Burning Pestle, apparently a flop on its first performance by the Children of the Revels at Blackfriars in 1607, upon which Beaumont’s reputation as a playwright rests. Beaumont left London around 1613, and died in 1616, the same year as Shakespeare. 


Noah Brody is an actor, director, teacher, and writer, and is co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater. For Fiasco he has directed Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout). He co-directed and acted in Fiasco's productions of Into the Woods (McCarter, Old Globe, Roundabout, Menier Chocolate Factory), The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe), Measure for Measure (New Victory, Long Wharf), Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Co.), and Cymbeline (TFANA, Barrow St. Theatre). For Fiasco he has also appeared in Fiasco’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre, TFANA) and co-directed the national tour of Fiasco’s production of Into the Woods. As a writer, he co-conceived the new musical Pleasure Never Lies with Marshall Hagins; is currently co-creating a musical adaptation of My Antonia with Jessie Austrian and the Kilbanes and a stage adaptation of Bartleby the Scrivener with Paul L. Coffey.  

Emily Young is an actor, musician, writer, director and educator. She is one of Fiasco Theater’s original company members. For Fiasco: Queen/Belaria, Cymbeline; Little Red Riding Hood/Rapunzel, Into the Woods; Isabella/Mistress Overdone, Measure for Measure; Sylvia/Lucetta, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Toinette, Imaginary Invalid; Viola, Twelfth Night; Gussie, Merrily We Roll Along; Broadway: How I Learned to Drive u/s, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Off-Broadway: The Servant of Two Masters, Romeo and Juliet, Colorado. Regional: Trinity Repertory Company, Folger Theater, McCarter Theater, Old Globe, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival. As a director: Spring Awakening at Ohio Northern University, Fiasco readings, The Lucky Chance, Sight Unseen. TV/Film: Living With Yourself, The Knick, God of Love.



APRIL 17-MAY 13, 2023

Performance Schedule

Monday at 7:30 PM (Masks Required)

Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Wednesday* at 7:30 PM

Thursday at 7:30 PM

Friday at 7:30 PM

Saturday at 2:30 PM (Masks Required)

Saturday at 7:30 PM

Sunday DARK


*There is an added matinee performance at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, March 20th.

Box Office Hours

On any day there is a performance at the Lortel Theater, the box office will be open by 2:00 PM. Generally, this is Monday-Saturday.



Estimated 120 minutes including a 10-minute intermission.


Covid Protocols

Vaccinations and boosters are strongly recommended but not required. If requested, patrons should be prepared to wear a mask for the duration of their visit, beginning from their arrival on site, except when actively eating or drinking. Thank you for helping keep everyone safe! Masks are required for Monday evenings and Saturday Matinee performances.

Under 30, Student & Industry Discounts

$30 tickets for those under 30, industry professionals and full-time students of any age. Tickets are available anytime the Lortel Box Office is open. Purchaser must present a valid union-issued, government-issued, or school-issued identification. Each qualifying purchaser may obtain 2 tickets.

General Discounts

From time to time Red Bull Theater makes discounts codes available through such outlets as,, or These discounts are always subject to specific terms. All ticket sales are non-refundable.

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Phone Assistance

Should you have any questions, or you wish to purchase your tickets by phone (standard fees apply), please call the Red Bull Theater Offices between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM.


Press Inquiries

For press assistance please contact David Gersten.

Ticket Prices 

Standard Seating  $75 + $2.00 Facility Fee

Preferred Seating   $95 + $2.00 Facility Fee

Premium Seating   $110 + $2.00 Facility Fee


There is also a  $5.00 per ticket convenience for all online and phone sales. To avoid this fee, visit the box office.

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