I’m thrilled to announce the first play on the American Airlines stage for the 2017-2018 season: Time and the Conways by J. B. Priestley, directed by Rebecca Taichman and starring Elizabeth McGovern. This masterful play premiered on the West End in 1937 and on Broadway in 1938, and its unique explorations of time and destiny are just as shocking and relevant today as they were to audiences back then. I couldn’t be happier to be bringing Priestley’s classic back to a Broadway stage.
Elizabeth is a Roundabout alum, having appeared as Ophelia in our 1992 production of Hamlet. Elizabeth has built an incredible list of onscreen credits, perhaps most notably playing Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey, a role for which she has been nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy. She has appeared in other such films and television series as Ordinary People, Once Upon a Time in America, Johnny Handsome, “Three Moons Over Milford,” Kick-Ass, and Showing Roots, and she earned both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film Ragtime. I am very excited to welcome Elizabeth back to the Roundabout stage.
Rebecca will be making her Roundabout debut, though you’ve certainly seen her work before. Most recently garnering a Tony Award nomination for her direction of Indecent on Broadway, Rebecca has an extensive list of New York credits to her name, including shows at LCT (How To Transcend A Happy Marriage and The Oldest Boy), Playwrights Horizons (Stage Kiss, Familiar, and Milk Like Sugar), LCT3 (Luck of the Irish), New York City Opera (Orpheus), and Classic Stage Company (Orlando). She also directed The Old Globe’s 2014 production of Time and the Conways. I am thrilled to have Rebecca join the Roundabout family.
Performances are set to begin September 14, 2017 with Opening Night scheduled for October 10, 2017.