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Context & Terms: Look Back in Anger

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Education @ Roundabout


Constituent: someone who authorizes another person to act as his or her agent

Alison tells Helena that her brother Nigel was too busy running for Parliament and winning constituents to get involved her family’s dispute with Jimmy

Cistern: a tank for storing water

Jimmy makes fun of Alison’s mother and says that she is probably in their cistern, listening in on the conversation.

Courtesan: a prostitute who serves a wealthy, upper-class clientele

Alison says that’s the kind of woman Jimmy wants.

Droning: tedious speaking; a monotonous tone

Cliff complains that Jimmy’s talk is droning.

Emily Bronte: English novelist

Jimmy compares one of Alison’s friends to Emily Bronte in an endearing way.

Genuflecting: bowing in respect

Jimmy makes fun of Helena, calling her a genuflecting sin-jobber.

H-Bomb: hydrogen bomb, a nuclear weapon

Cliff refers to the H-bomb when talking about politics.

Infallible: unable to make mistakes

Cliff tries to comfort Alison and reassure her that everyone makes mistakes in life.

Lethargy: state of being indifferent

Jimmy believes that instead of defending him, Alison would become lethargic.

Macabre: gruesome or deadly

Alison uses this word to make Helena understand her actions when it comes to Jimmy.

Phlegmatic: a cool temperament

Jimmy uses this word to describe Alison and her brother Nigel.

Pusillanimous: lack of courage

Jimmy says this word perfectly describes Alison; he uses it to hurt her.

Purgatives: something that cleanses or purges

Jimmy tries to get a rise out of Alison and uses this word to describe her mother.

Reticent: not forthcoming with one’s thoughts

Helena asks Cliff if Jimmy is reticent about himself.

Sandhurst: British military training academy

Jimmy mocks Alison’s brother Nigel for attending Sandhurst.

Sycophantic: using flattery to win someone over

Jimmy refers to Alison and her brother Nelson as sycophantic.

Vicar: cleric in charge of a chapel

Jimmy recalls his wedding day, and when he and Alison were married by a vicar.

Vestry: a room or building attached to a church.

Jimmy got sick in the vestry of the chapel that he was married in.

Virility: masculinity

Jimmy believes that his state of mind is masculine and forceful

Look Back in Anger plays at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre January 13, 2012 through April 8, 2012. For more information, click here.

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2011-2012 Season, Education @ Roundabout, Look Back in Anger, Upstage

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Roundabout Roundup: Looking Back at ‘Sons of the Prophet’

Posted on: January 4th, 2012 by Roundabout


Sons of the Prophet Complete Cast Announced
August 4, 2011

We are pleased to announce the full cast of the New York premiere of Stephen Karam’s new play Sons of the Prophet, directed by Peter DuBois. The cast will feature Yusef Bulos (Bill), Jonathan Louis Dent (Vin), Santino Fontana (Joseph), Joanna Gleason (Gloria), Lizbeth Mackay (Ms. McAndrews), Dee Nelson (Dr. Manor), Chris Perfetti (Charles), Charles Socarides (Timothy).

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Sons of the Prophet Opens
October 20, 2011

Sons of the Prophet opened to great acclaim on October 20, 2011 at the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, Laura Pels Theatre. 
Read the Review Roundup.

Another Commission for Sons of the Prophet Playwright, Stephen Karam
October 26, 2011

We are pleased to announce a second commission to playwright Stephen Karam following his critically acclaimed first commission of Sons of the Prophet.

Karam’s play Sons of the Prophet is part of our New Play Initiative, a collection of programs, designed to foster and produce new work by emerging and established artists. Since 1995, Roundabout has commissioned 15 playwrights, conducted developmental readings and workshops of over 100 new works, produced 6 Roundabout Underground productions, 30 mainstage productions of new works and employed over 5,000 artists across all aspects of the New Play Initiative.

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Stephen Karam Blogs for Roundabout

Stephen Karam's blog posts gave us insight into his process: from the first days of putting pen to paper to conceiving the sounds for the show.

“I thought 'Relief' embodied the emotional landscape I was trying to create–emotional and hopeful and sad…but not sentimental (this is my opinion, of course)."


Read Stephen Karam's Blog Posts

Sons of the Prophet Recognized Among Top 10 of 2011 by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Newsday
December 20, 2011

We are thrilled several Roundabout productions from the past year have landed in multiple “Top 10″ lists of 2011. Check out the lists below for some highlights of “Best of 2011″ coverage!

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Jonathan Louis Dent, Chris Perfetti, Santino Fontana and Yusef Bulos in 'Sons of the Prophet'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

Santino Fontana and Sons of the Prophet wants you to let it out!

This video was created in partnership with Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre and Brooklyn School for Global Studies, two of Roundabout Theatre Company's partner high schools. The video was conceived by Santino Fontana who plays Joseph in Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet.

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2011-2012 Season, Education @ Roundabout, Roundabout Roundup, Sons of the Prophet, Stephen Karam's Blog

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The Road to Creation

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout


“Instead she did something which small minds and small souls can never forgive…she dared to be different!” – Elsa about Miss Helen

The Road to Mecca is inspired by the true life story of Helen Elizabeth Martins, the youngest of six children, born and raised in the small South African village of Nieu Bethesda in December, 1897. Martins obtained her teacher's diploma in nearby Graaff-Reinet and moved to the Transvaal region to become a teacher.  In 1920 she married Johannes Pienaar, a teacher, playwright, and politician. The marriage was troubled, and it ended in 1926. Little is known about Martins in the years during or immediately following her marriage.

In the 1930s, Martins returned to Nieu Bethesda to take care of her elderly parents. Her invalid mother died in 1941 and her father died in 1945, leaving Martins isolated in the remote village with little prospects of her own.  One night, as she laid ill in bed, depressed about her dull and grey existence, she resolved to find a way to bring light and color into her life.  This decision lead to a lifelong artistic quest to transform her environment.

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2011-2012 Season, Education @ Roundabout, The Road to Mecca, Upstage