I am happy to announce our second production at the Laura Pels Theatre next season. Following the New York premiere of The Understudy will be a new interpretation of a classic, The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein. The cast will include Patch Darragh as Tom Wingfield, Judith Ivey as Amanda Wingfield and Keira Keeley as Laura Wingfield.
In this fresh interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ haunting memory play, Tom Wingfield (Darragh) sits writing in a hotel room, trying to forge his past into art. Soon Tom’s space is overtaken by the cramped apartment he once shared with his mother Amanda (Ivey), his beloved sister Laura (Keeley) and unrequited dreams as fragile as Laura’s collection of tiny glass animals. There, Tom relives the Gentleman Caller’s visit – the night that changed his family forever.
I am honored that Gordon Edelstein has chosen to return to the Roundabout with this touching production, which premiered this past May at the Long Wharf Theatre (where he serves as the Artistic Director). Gordon’s work last appeared on the Roundabout stage in 2001, when he directed Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara.
Of course it is also a joy to welcome back two-time Tony® Award winner Judith Ivey (Hurlyburly, Steaming), who last appeared in our 2001 production of Follies, and Patch Darragh, who appeared at the Pels just last season in Crimes of the Heart. Keira Keeley’s New York credits include The Thugs, by Adam Bock, and Romeo and Juliet with the New York Philharmonic.
The design team for The Glass Menagerie will include Michael Yeargan (sets), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), Jennifer Tipton (lights) and David Budries (sound).
Previews will begin March 5th, 2010, and the production will officially open on Wednesday, March 24th.
The Glass Menagerie
It is my pleasure to share with you some news about the upcoming season.
Opening at the Laura Pels Theatre next fall will be the New York premiere of The Understudy, by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Roundabout’s very own Scott Ellis, and featuring the incredible talent of Julie White.
Box office heroes and washed-up has-beens take heed: the play’s almost the thing. In this bitingly witty and entertaining comedy, the lights of Broadway cast an affectionate glow over this look at one of the most notorious roles in the theatre: the understudy.
It is truly an honor to welcome Theresa Rebeck to the Roundabout family. Theresa’s work spans television, film, theater and fiction, and following countless productions all over Manhattan she made her Broadway debut just last season with Mauritius.
I am always grateful for an opportunity to showcase the work of my dear friend, Scott Ellis. As you know, Scott directed our first show at the Pels this past season as well (Streamers), in addition to our winter benefit concert of A Little Night Music.
And, needless to say, I am happy to welcome back Julie White, who last appeared on the Roundabout stage in 2004 in Fiction. She has since won a Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Little Dog Laughed (also directed by Scott).
Both Scott and Julie have been a part of the development of The Understudy, having (respectively) directed and starred in our Donor Reading of the piece last season.
The design team for The Understudy will include Alexander Dodge (sets), Tom Broecker (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lights) and Obadiah Eaves (original music & sound). Previews will begin October 9th, and the official opening is scheduled for November 5th.