2008-2009 Season, Hedda Gabler
Michael Cerveris, a dear friend of Roundabout, won a Tony award for his performance in our 2004 production of Assassins. He has since garnered two more Tony nominations for his work in Sweeney Todd and LoveMusik, and he can currently be seen in John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim’s new musical Road Show. Paul Sparks has an extensive list of off-Broadway credits, including Lady and Essential Self-Defense, to name a few, and he appeared on Broadway in 2003 in Take Me Out.
The design team will include Hildegard Bechtler (Sets), Ann Roth (Costumes), Natasha Katz (Lights) and John Gromada (Sound).
I am very excited to welcome this talented team to the American Airlines Theatre.
Streamers takes us into the barracks with four young soldiers fresh from basic training in Virginia as they anxiously await their orders while watching the conflict in Vietnam escalate.
Streamers premiered in 1976 as the third part of David Rabe’s Vietnam trilogy (which also includes The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Sticks and Bones). David himself served with the army in Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, and out of that period came these powerful plays, each looking at different aspects of war and its aftermath, and each making use of an exceedingly dark sense of humor in depicting these events. What I find interesting is that you can’t pigeonhole David’s work as “anti-war plays.” In fact, he makes no attempt to take a position on war but instead chooses to show us what he actually saw – the relationships between the men, the atmosphere of fear – these moments are about the reality of what these young men faced rather than making an attempt to analyze the experience with the easy aid of hindsight.
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