A first time partnership with MIFF as part of the 2014 Festival program, the world premiere of hot US playwright Brooke Berman, a collaboration with acclaimed independent theatre company ARTHUR, and a regional touring production are some of the Red Stitch highlights in 2014 from new Artistic Director Ella Caldwell.

New Artistic Director of Red Stitch Theatre, Ella Caldwell announced her inaugural season for 2014 revealing eight plays including two world premieres (Out Of The Water and The Mesh), two Australian premieres (Belleville and The Flick) and four plays never before seen in Victoria (This Year's Ashes, Grounded, Glory Dazed and Eurydice).

For the last 13years, Red Stich has provided audiences with must see contemporary plays from around the world, and their new season announced last night is no exception. Run by actors for actors, the company is often the first to introduce Melbourne audiences to exciting international playwrights from their intimate space in St Kilda.

"In curating Season 2014 I celebrate our core principles as an artist driven company that nurtures the craft of acting and great writing, meanwhile embarking on new ventures that embrace the evolution of Red Stitch and our audience. In the coming year we offer a number of world and local premieres and developments with Australian writers, whilst working with some of the directors in the country," said Ella Caldwell.

2014 sees the return of acclaimed film and theatre director Nadia Tass to direct two productions including the world premiere of award winning US playwright Brooke Berman’s Out Of The Water and the Australian premiere of Annie Baker’s The Flick (Nadia’s 2011 production of Baker’s The Aliens for Red Stitch was a hit with both audiences and critics). The Flick sees Red Stitch collaborating with the Melbourne International Film Festival for the very first time. This exciting partnership is a groundbreaking venture, which will offer a unique theatre experience in a surprise venue in the heart of the city.

In another first, Red Stitch is working with peddlers of the surreal ARTHUR (Cut Snake, The Sea Project) on a project involving five Australian writers to present the world premiere The Mesh. ARTHUR director Paige Rattray and writers Jason De Santis, Amelia Evans, Duncan Graham, Dan Giovannoni and Elise Hearst work with Red Stitch ensemble actors to create a multiZvoiced, highly physical devised work that promises to upend and entertain in equal measure.

Four Victorian premieres make up part of the 2014 season starting with This Year’s Ashes by Australian playwright Jane Bodie, a romantic comedy about love and loss. This Year’s Ashes is directed by Tim Roseman, Artistic Director of Playwriting Australia. Next up is the critically acclaimed Grounded by multi award winning US playwright George Brant. Directed by Tanya Dickson, Grounded is a one woman show about a fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy puts her career on hold.Glory Dazed by UK playwright Cat Jones, directed by Greg Carroll, is a darkly humorous and confronting exploration of the impact of returning soldiers from Afghanistan. And Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl is a contemporary re-imagining of the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife.