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