A conversation with Roundabout Artistic Director Todd Haimes about Everyday Rapture.
Q. Because of the unforeseen circumstances that forced the postponement of Lips Together, Teeth Apart, why did you pick Everyday Rapture to conclude the season?
A. What happened with Lips Together, Teeth Apart is obviously a situation that I never anticipated, not to mention one that I’ve never encountered before in my career. So, I’ve had to trust my own instincts and the recommendations of the great team we have here at Roundabout to find the right fit for this particular circumstance. My priority is to produce a show that our subscription audience will enjoy and that can be done at the highest level of quality. Fortunately, Everyday Rapture is an example of the right show being available for the right place at the right time. I’m a great admirer of Sherie Rene Scott, and this piece is just so strong and so joyful – it’s a wonderfully personal journey, and it certainly leaves me staggered by Sherie’s incredible talent. I’ve always seen Roundabout as an artistic home for writers, directors, designers, and performers, and it’s important to me that we maintain long-term artistic relationships. In this case, it’s a pleasure to be working with Michael Mayer again, a long time friend of Roundabout who has directed some incredible shows here, including Side Man and A View from the Bridge. I also believe that a not-for-profit should give talented artists the chance to work in new ways, so while our audience may be more familiar with Sherie as a performer speaking in the voice of other artists, I think it will be exciting to see her, on Broadway, telling her own stories in such a theatrical and surprising way. I think it will fit beautifully in the American Airlines Theatre, and I’m confident that Everyday Rapture will provide the kind of first-rate theatrical experience that our audience deserves.
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