Staged Reading
Racine’s Phèdre

Starring Jennifer Ehle and David Strathairn

In Person & Livestreamed
Monday, February 20, 2023
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

February 21–26, 2023

In English

FIAF is delighted to partner with Red Bull Theater to present a staged reading of Jean Racine’s celebrated 17th-century play, Phèdre.

Tony Award winner Jennifer Ehle plays a once model mother and devoted wife, Phèdre, who finds her resolve destroyed as her desire for her maturing stepson becomes all-consuming.

Rediscover this timeless French classic updated for modern audiences with an exceptional cast that also features Emmy Award winner David Strathairn, with direction by Lanise Antoine Shelley and a new translation by Rob Melrose.

Performance: 1.5 hours

Creative Team & Cast

Phèdre, a play by Jean Racine
Translated from the French by Rob Melrose
Directed by Lanise Antoine Shelley

Featuring Jennifer Ehle, Mister Fitzgerald, David Strathairn, Allen Gilmore, Teresa Avia Lim, Stephanie Berry and more to be announced

Red Bull Theater

Since its founding in 2003 with a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director; Jim Bredeson, Managing Director) has served adventurous theatergoers with Off-Broadway productions, Revelation Readings, and the annual Short New Play Festival.

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    • The company also offers outreach programs including Shakespeare in Schools bringing professional actors and teaching artists into public school classrooms; Bull Sessions, free post-performance discussions with top scholars; and Classical Acting Intensives led by veteran theater professionals. Red Bull Theater regularly produces a variety of classical work, including 21 Off-Broadway productions including The Alchemist, Mac Beth, Coriolanus, The School for Scandal, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, American Moor, The Government Inspector, plus over 200 OBIE Award-winning Revelation Readings. Additionally, Red Bull responded swiftly to the shutdown, creating several ongoing programs to serve audiences and artists, including RemarkaBULL Podversations, reaching a combined online audience of over 200,000. “The classics-shaking Red Bull Theater,” as Time Out NY has called the company, has served a community of more than 5,000 artists and provided quality artistic programming to an ever-growing audience. The company’s unique programming has received ongoing critical acclaim and has been recognized with Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, Callaway, Off-Broadway Alliance, and OBIE nominations and Awards.