Breaking: Stockard Channing Will Reprise Role in APOLOGIA in Roundabout's Fall Season
New York City staple Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced that Tony & Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing will return to the New York stage in the Off-Broadway premiere of APOLOGIA, by Alexi Kaye Campbell (The Pride). APOLOGIA will be directed by three-time Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews, Skintight). Channing returns to the role of "Kristin" in Apologia following an acclaimed run in London's West End in 2017.
APOLOGIA will begin preview performances Off-Broadway on September 27, 2018, and open officially on October 16, 2018 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This will be a limited engagement through December 16, 2018.
Direct from London, Alexi Kaye Campbell's biting play makes its New York debut with the "Magnificent" (The Independent) Stockard Channing in a powerhouse performance as a woman facing the repercussions of her past. You do not mess with Kristin Miller (Channing). In the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin has never been one to shy away from a fight. APOLOGIA is a passionate, human and humorous clash of generations and beliefs-a lively look at yesterday's rebels living in today's reality.
A longtime friend of Roundabout Theatre Company, Channing returns to the theater following her Tony nominated performances in Pal Joey (2008), The Lion in Winter (1999) and Joe Egg (1985, Tony Ward Best Actress). Most recently, she has delighted Broadway audiences with her performances in It's Only a Play and Other Desert Cities.
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Stockard Channing (Kristin Miller) was most recently seen on London's West End in Alexi Kaye Campbell's Apologia. Before that, she was seen on Broadway in Terrence McNally's smash hit It's Only A Play. Channing has received eight Tony Award nominations for her roles in Other Desert Cities, Pal Joey, The Lion in Winter, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation, for which she also received an Olivier nomination and an Obie Award, and was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award reprising her role for the 1993 film version. She won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Other stage credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (nominated for Drama Desk Award), Woman in Mind (for which she won a Drama Desk Award), The Rink, The Golden Age, They're Playing Our Song and the original off-Broadway production of Love Letters. In London, she has appeared at The Riverside Studios in Exonerated and she was last seen at the Almeida in Awake and Sing. Channing has received a total of 13 Emmy nominations and won three Emmy Awards, including those for her television roles in The West Wing and The Matthew Shepard Story, both of which she also received Screen Actors Guild Awards. Channing has been nominated for a total of 11 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also starred in Joan Rivers' The Girl Most Likely To and The Baby Dance for which she was nominated for another Golden Globe Award. She was most recently seen in a recurring role on The Good Wife. On the big screen Channing has appeared in Mike Nichols' The Fortune, Practical Magic, The First Wives Club, Moll Flanders, Up Close & Personal, Smoke and Grease, earning a People's Choice Award for her performance as Rizzo. Stockard Channing received a London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year and an AFI Best Actress nomination for The Business of Strangers.
Alexi Kaye Campbell (Playwright) is a playwright and scriptwriter. His play The Pride was first performed at The Royal Court Theatre in London in a production directed by Jamie Lloyd. It was awarded the Critics Circle Prize for Most Promising Playwright, the John Whiting Award for Best New Play and the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. The play transferred to New York in a production directed by Joe Mantello at MCC Theatre. It was later revived in London's West End. His play Apologia premiered at The Bush Theatre in London and was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Best New Play and the John Whiting Award. It recently ran on the West End in an acclaimed revival starring Stockard Channing, directed by Jamie Lloyd. His other plays include The Faith Machine (Royal Court Theatre), Bracken Moor (Tricycle Theatre, London), and Sunset at the Villa Thalia (Royal National Theatre). His first film script Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren, was the highest earning independent film of the year.
Daniel Aukin (Director). Daniel Aukin's recent work includes Dan LeFranc's Rancho Viejo, the Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love (MTC), Melissa James Gibson's Placebo (Playwrights' Horizons), The Fortress of Solitude (Dallas Theater Center & The Public Theatre), Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews (Roundabout), Melissa James Gibson's What Rhymes With America (The Atlantic), Sam Shepard's Heartless (Signature), Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theatre), Marius von Mayenburg's The Ugly One (Soho Rep), Itamar Moses' Back Back Back (MTC), Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge (Arena Stage) and Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine (La Jolla Playhouse). As Artistic Director of Soho Rep (1998-2006) premieres of new work include Mark Schultz's Everything Will Be Different, Melissa James Gibson's Suitcase and [sic], Mac Wellman's Cat's-Paw, Quincy Long's The Year Of The Baby and Maria Irene Fornes' Molly's Dream.
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre opened in March 2004 with an acclaimed premiere of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel starring Viola Davis, directed by Dan Sullivan. In the ten years since that landmark production, the center has expanded beyond the Laura Pels Theatre to include the Black Box Theatre and now a new education center. The Steinberg Center continues to reflect Roundabout's commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to not-for-profit theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $70 million to more than 125 theatre organizations.
Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills that mission by producing familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals; discovering and supporting talented playwrights; reducing the barriers that can inhibit theatergoing; collaborating with a diverse team of artists; building educational experiences; and archiving over five decades of production history.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout's mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout's work on each of its stages.
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Roundabout's new off-Broadway season dedicated to new work at the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in 2017-2018 includes Amy and the Orphans, by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Scott Ellis; Skintight, by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.
Roundabout Underground's 2017-2018 season includes Bobbie Clearly, by Alex Lubischer.
2018-2019 season, Roundabout will produce a new Broadway production of Kiss Me Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and starring Kelli O'Hara and True West, by Sam Shepard, directed by James Macdonald, starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano. Roundabout Underground's 2018-2019 season will include Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer, directed by Tyne Rafaeli.
Roundabout's work with new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as development of new work, is made possible by Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner.
Roundabout Leaders for New Works are gratefully acknowledged: Alec Baldwin, James Costa and John Archibald, Linda L. D'Onofrio, Peggy and Mark Ellis, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Judith and Douglas Krupp, K. Myers, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Ira Pittelman, Laura S. Rodgers, Seedlings Foundation, Mary Solomon, Lauren and Danny Stein, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and Dr. Leonard Tow.