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2010-2011 Season

NEW PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCED!

Posted on: March 24th, 2010 by Todd Haimes

 

It is my pleasure to announce the first two productions at the Steinberg Center for Theatre in the 2010-2011 Season will be The Language Archive, written by Julia Cho and directed by Mark Brokaw at the Laura Pels Theatre, and Tigers Be Still, written by Kimberly Rosenstock and directed by Sam Gold in the Black Box Theatre as part of the Roundabout Underground.

Julia recently won the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Language Archive. She has written a poignant comedy about a man whose life is devoted to the study of language, and what happens when words fail him just as he needs them the most. I am excited to have Associate Artist and Roundabout favorite, Mark Brokaw, at the helm of this wonderful play. The Language Archive was commissioned by Roundabout, so we are particularly proud to be bringing the play to a full production here.

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Q&A with Todd Haimes: Steinberg Center Fall 2010

Posted on: March 23rd, 2010 by Roundabout Press Office

 

A conversation with Artistic Director Todd Haimes about the Fall 2010 season at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre and new subsidiary rights for Roundabout.

Q. How do you determine if a play should be in the Roundabout Off-Broadway venue or a Broadway venue? What is it about The Language Archive that suggests it should be in the Laura Pels Theatre?

A. Each show in our season is given specific consideration as to which theatre would best suit the production as a whole in a process that includes the playwright and director of the play. I’ve always thought of the Laura Pels Theatre primarily as our home for new plays. Over the years, we’ve found that some more intimate revivals, such as Suddenly Last Summer and Streamers, have also been well-suited to that space. But overall, that theatre is meant to be the space for new plays by established artists. With The Language Archive in particular, the scale and feel of this theater will work beautifully. This is an elegant, deeply emotional play, and I think that it will benefit greatly from having an audience that is never very distant from the characters on stage.

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Q&A with Todd Haimes: The Importance of Being Earnest

Posted on: February 12th, 2010 by Roundabout Press Office

 

A conversation with Artistic Director Todd Haimes about Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Q. Why did you select The Importance of Being Earnest for Roundabout audiences?
A. Producing first-class revivals of classic plays is a huge component of Roundabout’s mission – and in fact was the institution’s founding principle. Unintentionally, we’ve never touched on the work of Oscar Wilde before, but I believe that his plays are as essential a part of the canon as those of Shaw or Ibsen or others who we’ve presented on a more consistent basis. Of course, I don’t think anyone wants to see a classic revived just because it’s the kind of play that should be seen again – there has to be a vision behind the production, a reason to reexamine the play. When I saw Brian Bedford’s Earnest at Stratford, I immediately knew that this was the kind of production that can absolutely revitalize a classic play. It truly makes an argument for why this is a play that continues to be such a delight to audiences.
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