Red Bull Theater Debuts 10-minute Play Festival

Be there for the world premiere of DAEL ORLANDERSMITH's "And I Used to Be a Kind Man." This is one of eight new plays premiering July 24 as part of Red Bull THeater's 7th Annual SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL.

The Red Bull Theater is gearing up to present its seventh annual festival of 10-minute plays including commissions from Dael Orlandersmith and Arthur Kopit and six others plays chosen from hundreds of submissions from playwrights across the country.

The 2017 Short New Play Festival will be presented on Monday July 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, directed by Craig Baldwin and Evan Yionoulis.

Arthur Kopit is known for numerous works such as Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad, Wings, Nine and Dael Orlandersmith is known for a wide range of plays such as Beauty’s Daughter and Yellowman.

The other writers are Charlotte Ahlin, Uriah Celaya, Justin Halle, Rachel Leopold, Jason Gray Platt, and Christian Simonsen.

Casts will include Tina Benko, Michael Braun, Bill Buell, Robert Clohessy, Sheria Irving, Joan Macintosh, Kathryn Meisle, Howard W. Overshown, Linda Powell and other performers to be announced.

The festival includes what the theater describes as “new works of heightened language and classical themes from today’s top established and emerging playwrights” fitting this year’s theme of “Delusions of Grandeur” as well as general excellence.

Writers were asked to submit plays up to 10 minutes tied to the theme of “Delusions of Grandeur” with heightened language, verse, a classical theme or style or a classical story.

Red Bull said its 2017 Short New Play Festival is made possible by the support of The Noël Coward Foundation.