We are pleased to announce a second commission to playwright Stephen Karam following his critically acclaimed first commission of Sons of the Prophet.
Karam’s play Sons of the Prophet is part of our New Play Initiative, a collection of programs, designed to foster and produce new work by emerging and established artists. The New Play Initiative cultivates new work by gifted playwrights at all stages of their careers through a three-pronged approach consisting of commissioning new works; developmental readings and workshops; and productions of new works through Roundabout Underground programs and mainstage productions. Since 1995, Roundabout has commissioned 15 playwrights, conducted developmental readings and workshops of over 100 new works, produced 6 Roundabout Underground productions, 30 mainstage productions of new works and employed over 5,000 artists across all aspects of the New Play Initiative.
“Stephen’s success with Sons of the Prophet is everything I could have hoped for. We created Roundabout Underground to provide opportunities for artists-like Stephen–who didn’t have a home from which to launch their promising careers. To see Stephen prove that he’s not just a young playwright with potential but a truly gifted and mature voice in the American theater, is incredibly satisfying. It’s been a fulfilling artistic relationship to have developed Stephen’s two plays here at Roundabout. I can’t imagine his next play being done anywhere else. I’m thrilled Stephen is an integral part of our artistic family and our ongoing efforts to support more contemporary playwrights,” says Roundabout Artistic Director, Todd Haimes.
Sons of the Prophet was commissioned by Roundabout, following Stephen's hugely acclaimed New York debut with Speech & Debate in 2007 at Roundabout Underground. That successful production of Speech & Debate not only launched the Roundabout Underground program, it also went on to play in over 100 theaters in the United States and Canada.
“Roundabout’s commitment to me has been an incredible opportunity. To be part of an artistic family while creating a play that deals so much with family has been particularly rewarding. I was able to tell the story I wanted, knowing I’d have the artistic support to see me through to the end of the journey. I’ve always viewed Sons of the Prophet as the first part of a larger trilogy – not three plays dependent on each other, but three stand-alone plays connected by theme, and likely, further adventures of the Douaihy family. I’m grateful I will have the opportunity to explore this idea further. And I'm fortunate to be able to call Roundabout my artistic home and to have their support and resources offered through the generous people who donate to the New Play Initiative,” says Stephen Karam.
Sons of the Prophet is playing at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre through January 1, 2012. For more information about the show or how to purchase tickets, click here.