BAD JEWS to Move to Laura Pels Theatre in September 2013

BAD JEWS to Move to Laura Pels Theatre in September 2013

This year, Roundabout Theatre Company is thrilled to celebrate the seventh successful season of Roundabout Underground and the new play initiative, which illustrates a continued commitment to the nurturing of new artists. Through myriad programs and productions, the young artists associated with Roundabout will see their work presented to a wide audience of theater goers.

Harmon's sold out dark comedy BAD JEWS, will make the move upstairs from Roundabout Underground's 62-seat Black Box Theatre to the 420-seat Laura Pels Theater beginning September 20, 2013. The limited run will be a part of Roundabout's 2013-2014 subscription season.

The second playwright to be produced as part of Roundabout Underground (The Language of Trees in 2008), Levenson will see the world premiere of his Roundabout commissioned play The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin open in June at the Laura Pels Theatre.

Roundabout will hold their second annual Roundabout Underground Reading series in February, where playwrights such as Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews) made their Roundabout debut. Five up and coming playwrights & directors will have their plays read in the Black Box Theater.

BAD JEWS was first performed at the inaugural Roundabout Underground Reading Series in February 2012. The play was chosen to be the seventh Roundabout Underground production where it opened to critical acclaim on October 30, 2012. The critics raved 'Bad Jews is delicious nasty fun' (New York Post), 'A very promising start by newcomer Joshua Harmon' (New York Magazine), 'Tracee Chimo is marvelous, her versatility is startling' (New York Times). The sold out run was extended two weeks and played its final performance in the Black Box on December 30, 2012. Original cast members Tracee Chimo, Philip Ettinger, Molly Ranson and Michael Zegen will return for the Off-Broadway run, with direction by Daniel Aukin.

Roundabout Underground playwrights are commissioned to write a second play for Roundabout following their Black Box production. The debut of this program was Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet which won the 2012 NY Drama Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Next, Steven Levenson's The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin will premiere in the summer 2013 at the Laura Pels Theatre. Following that, Bad Jews will move to the Laura Pels Theatre and Joshua Harmon will be commissioned to write his second play for Roundabout Theatre Company.

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Roundabout also announces the second annual Roundabout Underground Reading Series from February 25 - March 1. Roundabout Underground Reading Series is a five night event that will include a nightly reading of a new play written and directed by an emerging artist, curtain speeches by Roundabout Underground artist alumni and a post-show reception. BAD JEWS was presented at this event in February 2012.

The plays featured in this year's series include Jonathan Caren's The Recommendation, directed by Laura Savia; Rachel Bonds's Swimmers, directed by Portia Krieger; Mat Smart's Tinker to Evers to Chance, directed by Jeremy B. Cohen; Christian Durso's Shiner, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar; Kate Gersten's Benefit of the Doubt, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch.

There will be one reading each night at 7pm from February 25 - March 1, in the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W46th St.). A limited number of tickets to the reading series will be available to general public.

These tickets can be reserved by emailing


Monday, February 25

By Jonathan Caren; Directed by Laura Savia

Aaron is smart, privileged and liked by everyone. Iskinder, his college roommate, is modest, unconnected and comes from a middle-class immigrant family. Soon the best of friends, Aaron takes Iskinder under his wing, sharing his world of favors and fortune. But the safe haven of college only lasts so long, and once in the real world, Aaron is thrust into a terrifying situation without his familiar safety net. As the

tables turn, and Aaron is confronted with a crisis, both Aaron and Iskinder have to rethink the meaning of friendship and where loyalty has its limits.

Jonathan Caren (Playwright). Jonathan's work has been developed by The Manhattan Theater Club, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ars Nova, The Flea, The Rattlestick, The Old Globe, New York Stage and Film and The Lark, amongst others. His play, The Morning the Sun Fell Down will be featured in MTC's 2013 7@7 Reading Series this spring. Catch The Fish won most outstanding play in the NY Fringe. He is a 2011-12 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2011 New York Stage and Film Founder's Award Winner, a member of The T.S Eliot Old Vic/New Voices Network, a recipient of a residency at SPACE @ Ryder Farm, a two-time Lecomte du Nouy award winner and a recipient of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Fiction. He was a finalist for the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Award, a nominee for the 2012 Otis Guerney New American Playwright's Award, a finalist for The 2013 Soho Rep Writers/Director Lab and is currently nominated for a Craig Noel award. He graduate of The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright's program and Vassar College, hails from Los Angeles and is a member of the downtown New York theater company, Partial Comfort.

Laura Savia (Director) directing credits include The Mnemonist of Dutchess County (The Attic - upcoming), 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Naked Angels), House Strictly Private (1st Irish Festival), The Lover (The Drama League), The Color of Justice (Theatreworks USA), as well as numerous short plays for Ars Nova, Partial Comfort, At Play, and the 24 Hour Plays. She has directed workshops or readings for The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Second Stage, and Ma-Yi Theater Company, among others. Assistant directing includes Broadway's The Merchant of Venice (dir. Daniel Sullivan). Laura is the Director of the Workshop at Williamstown Theatre Festival. She spent five seasons on Atlantic Theater Company's staff, including two as Literary Associate. Co-conceiver and director of The Living Newspaper, which has performed at Joe's Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, and the A.R.T.'s Club Oberon. Faculty at NYU/The Strasberg Institute. 2009 Drama League Directing Fellow. Alumna of Northwestern University.


Tuesday, February 26

By Rachel Bonds; Directed by Portia Krieger

It's Monday. It's Vivian's first day back. Tom is hiding in the basement. Bill just got promoted. Michaelson is on the rampage. Farrah's thinking about the end of the world. Everyone's hoping something might change. A play about grasping for the profound within the mundane.

RACHEL BOND (Playwright). Rachel Bonds' plays have been developed or produced by Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, Williamstown Theater Festival, Playwrights Horizons, McCarter Theatre, The Arden, and MTC (upcoming), among others. She is currently an affiliated artist of New Georges', a member of EST's Youngblood, and a recent winner of the Sam French Short Play Festival. She is an alum of Ars Nova's Play Group and New Georges' The Jam, and was the Father William Ralston Fellow at the 2011 Sewanee Writers' Conference. She is currently working on a commission for Philadelphia's Arden Theatre as recipient of their 2013 Writer's Room residency. Rachel is a graduate oF Brown University.

Portia Krieger (Director) mostly directs new plays. Upcoming: Eager To Lose at Ars Nova, starring Tansy, the Elizabeth Taylor of Burlesque! Recent credits include The Netflix Plays and Let Me Collect Myself (Ars Nova), Daniel Talbott's Break Your Face On My Hand and Florencia Lozano's BUSTED (Rising Phoenix Rep), Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still (TheaterSquared), Too Much Too Soon (Lesser America), Samuel D. Hunter's When You're Here (Williamstown), and Kathryn Walat's This Is Not Antigone (New Georges). Portia has assistant and associate directed productions both off and on Broadway, including working with Sam Gold on the world premiere of Tigers Be Still at the Roundabout Underground. She's an alumna of the Drama League Directors Project and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Ars Nova's 2013 Director-in-Residence, an ensemble member at Lesser America, and a co-founder of the New Georges Jam.


Wednesday, February 27

By Mat Smart; Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen

Lauren makes a rare trip home to Chicago to take her ailing mother, Nessa, to the biggest Cubs game of the year-the infamous Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. But Nessa has disappeared, leaving behind her caretaker and the fresh manuscript of a play about Cubs great Johnny Evers. As she searches the script and city for her mother, Lauren is forced to answer the question: when is enough enough?

MAT SMART (Playwright) is a Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center, where he was a McKnight Advancement Grant and two-time Jerome Fellowship recipient. Samuel J. and K. premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival starring Justin Long and Owiso Odera (subsequent productions include Steppenwolf and Passage Theatre). Other plays include: The Steadfast (upcoming at Slant Theatre Project), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company), The 13th of Paris (City Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Public Theatre of Maine, Warehouse Theatre and LiveWire in Chicago) and The Bebop Heard in Okinawa (O'Neill Playwrights' Conference). He has been commissioned by South Coast Rep and Huntington. Co-founder of Slant Theatre Project in NYC. MFA: UCSD. An avid baseball fan and traveler, Mat has been to 28 of the current MLB stadiums, all 50 states and 6 continents - including a recent stint working as a janitor at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer's Group at Primary Stages.

JEREMY B. COHEN (Director). Artistic Director (The Playwrights' Center); Associate Artistic Director (Hartford Stage) where he directed Snow Falling on Cedars, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mistakes Were Made, The Scene, Mahalia, I Am My Own Wife, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Bad Dates and A Christmas Carol; Other Directing credits include: The Novelist (Dorset), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Rep Theatre St Louis, Kansas City Rep), Let There Be Love (Centerstage), Smart Cookie (Alliance), The Scene, Bad Dates, and Trip to Bountiful (Alley Theatre); Hannah and Martin (Theater J/DC & Timeline Theatre/Chicago), Nickel and Dimed and Waving Goodbye (Steppenwolf/Naked Eye); One Flea Spare (Goodman), The Unexpected Man (ATF); Ghosts in the Cottonwoods (Victory Gardens), Cannibals (Red Orchid), Cannibals, Nocturne, Shopping & F***ing and Scraped (Bailiwick), The Idiot Box (Naked Eye/Chicago & Open Fist/LA), Mom's the Word (Metropolis Theatre & Royal George/Chi), Closet Land (NYPW); Founding Artistic Director of Naked Eye Theatre Company/Chicago. Workshops include: NYSF, Woolly Mammoth, Pasadena Playhouse, New Harmony, Denver Center and McCarter. Currently, his workshop production of Brahman/i is playing at La Jolla Playhouse as part of the DNA series.