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LLL_300x300I couldn’t be happier to be giving Love, Love, Love its American premiere on Septemeber 22, 2016. To my mind, Mike Bartlett is one of the most exciting young playwrights to come on the scene in the last several years. He had a well-deserved Broadway debut last season with his modern (yet Shakespearean) take on the future of the British monarchy, King Charles III. The sense of adventure and originality in that piece is exactly what makes Mike such a thrilling talent. Veering far from the tradition of polite British drawing room plays, Mike instead seems to be closer to the bold energy of the “angry young men” who came out of the Royal Court Theatre in the 1960s. His plays vibrate with their depth of feeling, whether that feeling is rage, lust, envy, or a desperate need to be understood.

It’s perhaps fitting that Mike has a bit of that ‘60s sensibility, as 1967 marks the beginning of the story for Love, Love, Love. The play travels far from there, but Mike uses that particular moment to examine the seeds planted by a generation that came of age in a time of free love. How would the choices they made affect both them and all those who came after?

As a late-era Baby Boomer myself, I certainly have my own feelings about the questions that Mike is bringing up in this play, and Mike as a Gen X-er has his own strong take on the issues. What the play does so brilliantly is to force a conversation between those perspectives. In fact, this very idea led to perhaps the most memorable first rehearsal that we’ve ever had at Roundabout. Our wonderful, Tony-winning director, Michael Mayer, separated this room full of cast, crew, designers, and staff into sections by generation, encouraging us to each come up with the essential characteristics of our own eras. The discussion was utterly fascinating, with topics ranging from changing family size to divorce rates to comfort with technology to financial security or lack thereof. We all went in knowing the stereotypes of each group, but in forcing ourselves to dig deep, we came away with an understanding more complicated than the standard buzzwords of “free love” or “yuppies” or “those privileged Millennials.”

It’s this teasing out of provocative questions from the everyday that Mike does so singularly, and he does so with fantastic humor and wrenching emotion. With a first rehearsal that I will never forget, I can only imagine how memorable this production itself can be. I hope that you are as thrilled by this new play as I am. I can’t wait to hear your reactions to it, so please continue to email me throughout this 50th Anniversary season at artisticoffice@roundabouttheatre.org. I can’t tell you how greatly I value your feedback.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

Sincerely,

Todd Haimes
Artistic Director


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I'm thrilled to announce the cast for next season's production of Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love, directed by Michael Mayer. Please join me in welcoming Richard Armitage, Alex Hurt, Zoe Kazan, Ben Rosenfield, and Amy Ryan to the Roundabout stage.

Amy is a Roundabout alum, having appeared in Uncle Vanya (also under the direction of Michael Mayer), Three Sisters, The Women, and A Streetcar Named Desire, and receiving Tony nominations for her performances in both Uncle Vanya and A Streetcar Named Desire. The rest of the cast will be joining us for the first time; they bring exceptional film, television, and theatre credits with them.

I’m honored to have this phenomenal cast bringing the US premiere of Mike Bartlett’s play to life. It’s a demanding play for actors, and I know this cast – especially under the expert direction of Michael Mayer – is more than up to the task.

Love, Love, Love begins previews at The Laura Pels Theatre on September 22. For tickets and information, please visit our website.


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2016-2017 Season News

Posted on: November 18th, 2015 by Todd Haimes

 

I am thrilled to announce two exciting shows for our 2016-2017 season!

This fall, we will be premiering a new Broadway production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, in a new adaptation by our very own Stephen Karam (The Humans) and directed by Simon Godwin. I am honored to welcome this exceptional classic to the American Airlines Theatre, especially with the phenomenal talent of Stephen and Simon onboard. Of course, you know Stephen from his incredible work at Roundabout, including Pulitzer Prize finalist Sons of the Prophet and the currently-running hit The Humans. I’m happy to welcome Simon to the Roundabout family of artists. He is the Associate Director at the National Theatre and has an amazing body of work in England, including productions at the National, the Royal Court, Bristol Old Vic, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Off-Broadway, in the Laura Pels Theatre, we will be producing the American premiere of a new play, Love, Love, Love, by Mike Bartlett and directed by Michael Mayer. Mike is a gifted and prolific British writer, best known to American audiences for his play King Charles III, which recently opened on Broadway after a stellar run in London’s West End. He is a three-time Olivier-award winner for his plays King Charles III, Bull, and Cock. Love, Love, Love has appeared at multiple English theatres, including the Royal Court, and I am so pleased that we will be producing its American premiere. Director Michael Mayer has a long relationship with Roundabout. He has directed numerous shows with us, including Tony-winning productions of A View From the Bridge and Side Man. In 2007, Michael received a Tony Award for his direction of Spring Awakening.

These productions mark the start of a terrifically exciting season for Roundabout. I am so proud to welcome this roster of old friends and rising stars to the Roundabout stage.

Tickets for The Cherry Orchard and Love, Love, Love will be made available to Roundabout subscribers first, on a 2016 date to be announced. I encourage you to join our Email Club for the latest news.


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