Best play-reading series (2008)

Revelation Reading Series

For its mix and match of new plays and old, star performers and unknowns, highbrow academics and downtown kids out for gory fun in blank verse, the roster of plays assembled by Jesse Berger's Red Bull Theater for its annual Revelation Reading Series has its competition in the staged-reading department beaten all hollow. Acting eminences like Kathleen Chalfant, Dana Ivey, Brian Murray, and Roger Rees are among those likely to turn up onstage. An Obie award grant the series scooped up last spring will help to defray expenses for this year's selection of alternating classic and modern works, which tentatively includes Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning, plus contemporary takes on Elizabethan themes by playwrights Melanie Marnich and Paula Vogel.


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