Napoli Brooklyn


Dear Theatregoer,

If you had told me ten years ago that Roundabout would be at the forefront of producing new American plays, I never would have believed you. I started our Roundabout Underground program back in 2007 because I saw a need to support playwrights early on, giving them a space to launch their careers. What I didn’t realize at the time was how incredible it would be to watch these young artists blossom into some of the most outstanding writers working in the theatre today.

Last season, we had the remarkable experience of taking on The Humans, our third collaboration with Stephen Karam, whose debut play Speech & Debate opened the Underground. Not only was The Humans met with an incredible response in our own Laura Pels Theatre, but it then transferred to Broadway, becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winning the Tony Award® for Best Play. I can’t tell you how thrilling it has been to witness the impact Stephen is having on the American theatre after debuting at Roundabout.

The company of THE HUMANS

The company of THE HUMANS

And Stephen isn’t alone in his success. Joshua Harmon, who you first met here with Bad Jews, will make his Broadway debut this spring with the transfer of Significant Other, another play first seen at the Pels.

I’m so proud that, in supporting young voices that we believe in, Roundabout is able to bring you such incredible new work. In 2017, we will continue this commitment with two more plays. In the winter, you can see Steven Levenson’s bold family drama If I Forget. Steven is currently making his Broadway debut as a writer of the acclaimed new musical Dear Evan Hansen. In the spring, join us for the world premiere of Napoli, Brooklyn, Meghan Kennedy’s moving and vibrant tale of an Italian family in 1960s New York.

Like Stephen and Josh before them, both Meghan and Steve made their debuts with Roundabout Underground, and I am thrilled to continue showcasing their work. Don’t miss out on seeing the next great plays to hit New York before anyone else.


Todd Haimes

Artistic Director/CEO

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2016-2017 Season, Bad Jews, If I Forget, Napoli Brooklyn, The Humans

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New Plays at Roundabout

Posted on: December 17th, 2015 by Todd Haimes


I am thrilled to share several exciting updates for the coming season, all of them related to new plays. First, I’m proud to announce that the Roundabout Underground Program, which has brought us the exceptional work of Stephen Karam and Joshua Harmon, among many others, will be expanding its programming. Starting next Fall, we will now produce two new works in the Underground each season. The expansion of this vital program (not to mention its phenomenal success thus far) is a huge step forward for Roundabout’s New Play Initiative and a testament to the hard work and impeccable taste of Roundabout Underground producers Robyn Goodman, Jill Rafson, and Josh Fiedler, as well as the rest of the Literary team. I know I speak for Robyn, Jill, and Josh when I say that I couldn’t be more excited to introduce two early-career playwrights to New York audiences each season.

I am also happy to share the play that has been chosen for the first slot in the Underground’s newly expanded season. Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Kingdom Come will premiere in the Underground in Fall 2016. Jenny’s wonderful play appeared in May’s Underground Reading Series, and I’m very excited to bring her work back to the Black Box Theatre in a fully realized production.

We also have two incredibly exciting new plays headed to the Laura Pels Theatre next season, both of them world premieres by Underground alums. Steven Levenson’s If I Forget will be coming to the Pels next winter, and Meghan Kennedy’s Roundabout-commissioned Napoli, Brooklyn, will be at the Pels in spring 2017. You know Steven from two previous plays at Roundabout: 2008’s The Language of Trees and 2013’s The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin. And you will remember Meghan from her 2014 Underground play, Too Much, Too Much, Too Many.

I am honored to welcome all three of these writers to our 2016-2017 Season, and I’m especially thankful to have Steven and Meghan, two invaluable members of the Roundabout family of artists, returning to our theatre.

More details on casts and creative teams will be announced in the near future. I encourage you to join our Email Club for the latest news.

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2016-2017 Season, From Todd Haimes, If I Forget, Kingdom Come, Napoli Brooklyn

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