Dramatic Reading of Lord Byron’s “Manfred”
Written by Lord Byron
Thursday, April 20, 2017
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. In honor of the bicentenary of the publication of Lord Byron's dramatic poem, Manfred, the Red Bull Theater and the NYU Department of English will be co-producing a dramatic reading of the rarely-performed play. This event launches an international scholarly symposium on Manfred that will be held the following day at New York University.
Acclaimed by Time Out New York as “the most exciting classical theater in New York,” Red Bull Theater continues to earn high praise for its program initiatives. The company’s annual Off-Broadway Productions have included Pericles, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Edward the Second, Women Beware Women, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton, The Maids, Loot, The Dance of Death, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Volpone, and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. The company’s OBIE Award-Winning Revelation Reading Series provides an ongoing look at rarely produced plays from the classic repertoire, presenting first-class staged readings each season. Through the company’s New Play Development programs, including its annual Short New Play Festival, we develop new plays of heightened language and fresh takes on the classics, providing theater artists a safe creative space to make new work. The company’s core values have included Education, Training and Accessibility since its inaugural season, and we offer a variety of outreach programs to achieve maximum impact.
Notable theater artists and scholars regularly participate in the company’s programs, including Olympia Dukakis, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins, John Douglas Thompson, Michael Urie, Michael Cerveris, J. Smith-Cameron, Patrick Page, Charlayne Woodard, Doug Wright, Jean Howard, James Shapiro and many more. The company attracts some of the country’s finest actors and brightest emerging talent, cultivating a diverse and unique intergenerational blend that The New York Times hailed as “a marvelous combination of veteran stage performers and talented newcomers.” The company’s work has received multiple Lortel, Calloway and Drama League Award nominations and has been the recipient of Lortel, Calloway and OBIE Awards.
Wrestling with classic stories in the present day provides artists and audiences a powerful means to examine our own lives and the time in which we live. We believe in the power of heightened language, the talent of the actor, and the magic of theater created by the shared act of imagination conjured by language, actor and audience. This is the core of the Red Bull Theater experience. The company’s emphasis on plays that utilize heightened language and a classical theatrical vocabulary is a beacon for the centrality of language and the actor’s imagination as the core of theatrical storytelling. In this Information Age, Red Bull Theater builds a campfire where classic stories are told—creating a meeting place where our community can connect with its common humanity and share stories handed down through the ages.