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Photos: EXCEPTION TO THE RULE Opens As Part of Roundabout Underground

This production of Exception to the Rule comes from a combination of several of Roundabout’s emerging-artists programs.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Roundabout Underground world premiere of Exception to the Rule by Dave Harris, directed by Roundabout Resident Director Miranda Haymon which officially opened on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Go inside the show's opening night below!

Exception to the Rule features MaYaa Boateng as "Erika," Malik Childs as "Tommy," Mister Fitzgerald as "Abdul," Toney Goins as "Dayrin," Amandla Jahava as "Mikayla," and Claudia Logan as "Dasani."

Exception to the Rule opened on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, June 26, 2022. All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $30.

How do you make it through detention? In the worst high school in the city, six Black students are stuck in Room 111. They flirt. They fight. They tease. Should they follow the rules and stay put, or find an escape? Are the walls keeping them in, or are stronger forces at play? Dave Harris's new work crackles with humor and suspense-confronting the tactics for surviving institutions that were not built for you.

This production of Exception to the Rule comes from a combination of several of Roundabout's emerging-artists programs, including the New Play Initiative and the Roundabout Directing Fellowship.

Now in its 14th season, Roundabout Underground is part of Roundabout's New Play Initiative, discovering new writers, producing their New York debuts, and providing them long-term development and production support. In addition to the Black Box production, every Underground playwright gets a commission for a future play. Roundabout's Associate Artistic Director Jill Rafson serves as Artistic Producer.

The creative team for Exception to the Rule includes: Reid Thompson and Kamil James (Sets), Sarita Fellows (Costumes), Cha See (Lighting), and Lee Kinney (Sound).

All tickets for Exception to the Rule are $30 General Admission tickets and are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.

Photo Credit: Tricia Baron

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Malik Childs, Toney Goins, Mayaa Boateng, Miranda Haymon, Dave Harris, Mister Fitzgerald, Amandla Jahava, Claudia Logan

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Mayaa Boateng

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Amandla Jahava

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Dave Harris, playwright and Miranda Haymon, director

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Claudia Logan

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Mister Fitzgerald

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Malik Childs

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Dave Harris, playwright of Exception to the Rule

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Toney Goins

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Miranda Haymon, director of Exception to the Rule

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Miranda Haymon, director of Exception to the Rule

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Black Box Theatre, Roundabout Underground

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The cast of Exception to the Rule take their bows

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The cast of Exception to the Rule take their bows

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Claudia Logan in front and the cast of Exception to the Rule

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Claudia Logan

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Mister Fitzgerald;s suit.



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