Dinner With Friends closes Off-Broadway

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by Roundabout


Dinner With Friends, the second production at the Laura Pels Theatre in our 2013-2014 Season brought Donald Margulies’ Pultizer Prize-winning play back to the New York stage. This production played a total of 99 performances from first preview on January 17 through closing night on April 13.

Family photo of the cast and crew of Dinner With Friends. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

We welcomed back actors Darren Pettie and Marin Hinkle back to the Roundabout stage. Darren last appeared at Roundabout in 2011’s The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore and Marin appeared in our 1996 production of A Thousand Clowns. Jeremy Shamos who has joined us for in-house and donor playreadings took to the Roundabout stage for his first full production and Heather Burns and director Pam MacKinnon joined us for the first time.

Darren Pettie, Heather Burns, Jeremy Shamos & Marin Hinkle in Dinner With Friends. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Dinner With Friends, directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon received rave reviews from New York Magazine, The New York Times and Time Out New York. Audience members praised the “thought-provoking writing” and “seamless, heartfelt performances."

We filmed a dinner conversation about the show between Artistic Director Todd Haimes, director Pam MacKinnon and playwright Donald Margulies. Moderated by NY1's Theater Critic, Roma Torre the discussion included questions posed by you on Facebook. Watch the complete video series below.


Education at Roundabout provided weekly pre-show talks with historical and biographical information about Dinner With Friends and the artists involved. At each post-show talk the entire cast came out to share stories and answer audience questions. Our Dinner With Friends Upstage Guide contains artist interviews and dramaturgical information such as notable marriage-centric plays from the last hundred years and the thread of food throughout the production.

To learn more about Dinner With Friends, visit the Roundabout Archive or watch clips on our YouTube Channel.

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I am excited to announce that we will produce a one-night-only special benefit reading of the Steinberg Center’s inaugural production, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. Daniel Sullivan will return to direct this reading on June 15 at the Laura Pels Theatre.

All of the original cast members from the 2004 production will be included: Viola Davis (Esther), Arija Bareikis (Mrs. Van Buren), Lynda Gravátt (Mrs. Dickson), Russell Hornsby (George), Corey Stoll (Mr. Marks), and Lauren Velez (Mayme). It is truly an honor to bring back so many members of the Roundabout Family to revisit this incredible production.

Intimate Apparel holds a special place in Roundabout’s history. This award-winning production opened the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre as an Off-Broadway home for new work, premiering 18 new shows in 10 years and expanding that mission to the Black Box for the creation of Roundabout Underground.

I am so proud of this play and the legacy it has created for Roundabout, and I am thrilled to have Lynn’s work back at the Laura Pels Theatre. For more information and tickets please visit our website.

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In the recording studio with the cast of Violet

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by Roundabout


On Monday, April 7 the cast of 'Violet' went into the studio to record a 2-disc set with PS Classics. We documented their day on Storify. View a slideshow below, or on Storify.

Pre-order your copy of the Violet Cast Recording online.

Violet plays at the American Airlines Theatre through August 10. For more information and tickets, please visit our website.

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2013-2014 Season, Violet

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