2016-17 Revelation Readings
SEASON KICK-OFF BENEFIT READING
October 10, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
Translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Marc Vietor
Featuring Bill Camp, Christian DeMarais, Gretchen Hall, Julie Halston, Dana Ivey, Naomi Lorrain, Ben Mehl, Reg Rogers, Derek Smith, and Michael Urie
Hypocrisy reigns as theatre’s most famous faux-religious snake, Tartuffe, worms his way into a family’s home, heart and bank account in this masterpiece of a cautionary comedy.
November 14, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE
by Francis Beaumont
Directed by Everett Quinton
Featuring Matt Baxter Luceno, Arnie Burton, Sofiya Cheyenne, Christian DeMarais, Ryan Garbayo, Phil Gillen, Chris Johnson, Christina Pumariega, Socorro Santiago, Thom Sesma, Jenne Vath, Charlayne Woodard, Daniel Yaiullo
This master-spoof of chivalry in Elizabethan romantic drama is a gleeful romp from marriage comedy to meta-theatrical satire and Monty Pythonesque madcap farce.
December 5, 2016 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
THE WHITE DEVIL
by John Webster
Directed by Louisa Proske
Featuring Justin Blanchard, Kathleen Chalfant, Clifton Duncan, Danaya Esperanza, Allen Gilmore, Sheria Irving, Merritt Janson, Andrew Long, Mark Nelson, Edward O'Blenis, Jeffrey Omura, Matthew Rauch, Jeanine Serralles, Rocco Sisto, and more
Morality is torn to shreds as a passionate affair between the beautiful Vittoria and her lover, the Duke, unleashes a murderous revenge plot in this Jacobean potboiler.
January 23, 2017 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
THE MERRY DEVIL OF EDMONTON
by William Shakespeare... we think.
Directed by Ben Prusiner
Featuring Opal Alladin, Sheila Bandyopadhyay, Alexander Carney, Dan de Jesus, Carson Elrod, Adam Green, Andrus Nichols, Sarah Rice, Rebecca S'manga Frank, David Ryan Smith, Derek Smith, Raphael Nash Thompson, Ryan Brooke Taylor, Sam Tsoutsouvas, and Andrew Weems
This anonymously penned Elizabethan city comedy starts with a dark magician’s pact with the devil, setting in motion a wild tale of uproarious disguise and deception.
Febuary 27, 2017 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
THE WAY OF THE WORLD
by Theresa Redbeck
Directed by Theresa Rebeck
Featuring Amir Arison, Mark Linn-Baker, Josiah Bania, Kristine Nielsen, Hettienne Park, Katie Paxton, Olivia Reis, David Turner, and Zoe Winters
Freely adapted from William Congreve’s masterpiece, this contemporary retelling shifts the story to the demi-monde of the hyper-rich Hamptons. Can love emerge in a world where love means nothing?
March 20, 2017 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by David Ive
Directed by Craig Baldwin
Original direction by Michael Kahn
Featuring Christian Conn, Cary Donaldson, Carson Elrod, Peter Kybart, Adam LeFevre, Amelia Pedlow, and Dina Thomas
Adapted from Alexis Piron’s La Métromanie, the fight for true love involves mistaken identity, misplaced ardor, and manic would-be poets in David Ives’s warm and witty ‘transladaptation’ of this rediscovered French farce.
April 20, 2017 at the Sheen Center
by Lord Byron
In partnership with NYU
Directed by Michael Barakiva
Featuring Jacqueline Antaramian, Michelle Beck, Paul Bernardo, Gisela Chípe, Autumn Dornfeld, Jason Butler Harner, Abby Royle, Michael Rudko, CJ Wilson, Mia Vallet, Jennifer Van Dyck, and more
Rarely-performed and stunningly poetic, Byron’s fantasia on guilt and redemption is an extravagant Romantic ghost story about the mysterious death of a long lost love.
May 1, 2017 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
by Nikolai Erdman
In a new version by Declan Donnellan
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
Featuring Jenny Bacon, Steven Boyer, Blair Brown, Christian Conn, Susannah Flood, Carol Halstead, Chasten Harmon, Jeffrey Omura, Dave Quay, Derek Smith, Chris Thorn, Andrew Weems, Spiff Wiegand, Kim Wong
This Gogolian farce, set in Moscow during the early days of Stalin, is a hilarious and spirited attack on the sinister loss of identity in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution.
June 18 & 19, 2017 at The Duke
THE COUNTRY WIFE
by Maltby & Shire
Adapted from the play by William Wycherley
Adaptation and Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Music by David Shire
Directed by Richard Maltby Jr.
The Restoration’s most deliciously bawdy comedy - about the sexcapades of a wickedly witty London rake - is given a lively New Orleans setting and delightful musical treatment by this Tony Award-nominated creative team.
July 24, 2017 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre
SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
Featuring brand new plays by Arthur Kopit and Dael Orlandersmith
along with Charlotte Ahlin, Uriah Celaya, Justin Halle, Rachel Leopold, Jason Gray Platt, Christian Simonsen
Directed by Craig Baldwin & Evan Yionoulis
Featuring Tina Benko, Bill Buell, Robert Clohessy, Emily Donahoe,
Clifton Duncan, Teresa Avia Lim, Joan MacIntosh, Nadine Malouf,
Howard W. Overshown, Alfredo Narciso, Linda Powell
The next installment of our renowned new play festival brings you 8 new works by the most exciting playwrights from across the country, writing classically-inspired plays in response to this year’s theme: “Delusions of Grandeur.”