Why theatER instead of theatRE?
Red Theater is American. Americans go to the theater, not the théâtre (tay-ah-truh), a French spelling. We don't hide behind the dignity and class represented in this country by a bourgeois spelling. Red Theater is high art for the lower class. As we constantly redefine theater for ourselves and our audience, we ride the line between common commercial/accessibility and avant-garde expression. We aim to be a progressive populist community theater movement in the United States.
What do we call our plays?
"Plays" is fine. "Pieces" is used. "Skit" is forbidden. "Sketch" is a little offensive. Our works are fully realized.Even if they are silly, they havedeliberate beginnings, middles, and endings. They use traditional structures or they don't. We're not just throwing something out there or loosely constructing some half-baked idea. We're bringing something to it's fullest realization. We're boiling it down to its essence.
It is a "play" on an idea. It is a "piece" of ourselves.
How are our plays selected?
We vote. If a piece gets enough votes, is legal to perform, and is otherwise capable of being staged, we perform it. Sometimes the author speaks their own words; sometimes we speak the words of others. We are dedicated to provide each member of the collective with a safe environment to best express themselves. Don't assume the speaker is the author or that all members of the group approve of the piece.
How can I audition to be in Red Theater?
Talk to a member. Each Red Theater is regulary adding members. In our auditions we look for dynamic people who bring something new to the collective. Diversity, energy, oddity, theatricality, and personality are highly valued.