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The Travesty of TravestiesThe Travesty of Travesties
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 21, 2018

At first glance, Travesties may seem to be a nearly impossible work to crack. Traversing literary styles and references, delving headfirst into the history of World War I and the Russian Revolution, and pitting dense intellectual arguments on the meaning and purpose of art against each other, Tom Stoppard's absurdist and avant-garde play can seem hopelessly out of reach for anyone who isn't an expert in these particular topics. But Stoppard has created a roadmap that allows his audiences to untangle the characters, plotlines, and references of Travesties as they watch, and his first clue for doing so is provided in the title of the play itself. What exactly, then, is a travesty? (more...)
Interview with Travesties' Sara TophamInterview with Travesties' Sara Topham
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 21, 2018

Education Dramaturge Ted Sod sits down with actress Sara Topham to discuss her role in Travesties and her return to Roundabout Theatre Company. (more...)
Roundabout Will Celebrate Student Theatre Arts Festival Today!Roundabout Will Celebrate Student Theatre Arts Festival Today!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) and Education at Roundabout (Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education) will present the eighth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival, hosted by Roundabout actor (Too Heavy For Your Pocket) and 2018 Lucille Lortel nominee Brandon Gill. (more...)
Travesties Design StatementsTravesties Design Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 9, 2018

Tim Hatley/Costume and Set Design My starting point as a designer is always to read the play, and in the case of Travesties, which is a complex play, it required careful reading and thought to begin to understand the threads and layers of the writing, and talking closely with the director, Patrick Marber. It seemed to me that our production needed a strong yet simple approach to the design. The shifting of time and location is clear in the writing and did not need physical transitions to interrupt the flow. Our space is both present and memory, library and apartment, and allows for characters to appear and disappear within. The costumes are rooted strongly in the period, and their palette was developed in tandem with the development of the space. Cross references to Oscar Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest, were an enjoyable anchor to designing the play. (more...)
A Conversation with Director Patrick MarberA Conversation with Director Patrick Marber
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 8, 2018

On April 21, 2018, Patrick Marber spoke about Travesties with Education Dramaturg Ted Sod as part of Roundabout Theatre Company's lecture series. (more...)
Bobbie Clearly Interview with Ethan DubinBobbie Clearly Interview with Ethan Dubin
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 7, 2018

Ted Sod: Tell us about yourself: Where were you born and educated? When and why did you decide to be an actor? Did you have any teachers who had a profound influence on you? (more...)
Bobbie Clearly Designer StatementsBobbie Clearly Designer Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - April 4, 2018

Arnulfo Maldonado/Set Design Bobbie Clearly by Alex Lubischer is exciting in its structure and unique storytelling -- I was immediately struck by how engaging the interview format can feel within a theatrical context. What is the setting for such a world? In the film/documentary version of this play, these subjects would be interviewed against a static background. But this play spans both various locations and time. (more...)
Corn DetasselingCorn Detasseling
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 29, 2018

What is corn detasseling? Every corn plant has both male and female parts-the tassel and the silk, respectively. Detasseling is the process of removing the male parts of some rows in a cornfield in order to create strictly female plants, which can then be pollinated by the remaining male plants in the field. While mechanical pullers are used to pull as many tassels as possible, they typically only get about 70% of them, meaning that the rest have to be pulled by hand. (more...)
AMY AND THE ORPHANS: A Conversation with Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino and Director Scott EllisAMY AND THE ORPHANS: A Conversation with Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino and Director Scott Ellis
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 28, 2018

February 24, 2018, Lindsey Ferrentino and Scott Ellis spoke about Amy and the Orphans with education dramaturg Ted Sod as part of Roundabout Theatre Company's lecture series. (more...)
AMY AND THE ORPHANS Design StatementsAMY AND THE ORPHANS Design Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 27, 2018

Amy and the Orphans is full of design challenges. For starters, it is a road trip play. Lindsey Ferrentino has written a play that has 18 scenes in 13 locations and in which there is no home base. Every location she describes is transient and impersonal, and most of the scenes take place in public locations. As a designer, the question becomes why? (more...)
Interview with BOBBIE CLEARLY Playwright, Alex LubischerInterview with BOBBIE CLEARLY Playwright, Alex Lubischer
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 26, 2018

Ted Sod: Give us some background information on yourself: Where were you born? Where were you educated? When did you decide to become a playwright and why? (more...)
AMY AND THE ORPHANS Interview with Scott EllisAMY AND THE ORPHANS Interview with Scott Ellis
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 20, 2018

Ted Sod: Why did you want to direct Amy and the Orphans by Lindsey Ferrentino? How did you get involved with this production? (more...)
From the Artistic Director/CEA Todd Haimes: TRAVESTIESFrom the Artistic Director/CEA Todd Haimes: TRAVESTIES
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 19, 2018

When I saw the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of Travesties on the West End last spring, I was stunned. Director Patrick Marber had captured Tom Stoppard's sprawling, absurdist epic with a captivating electricity that I had never before seen. Embracing the full power of Stoppard's explosively theatrical dive into the past, Patrick harnessed every bit of the play's sharp hilarity, keen topicality, and, most of all, boundless thrill. I knew that I needed to make Marber's triumphant and endlessly entertaining production part of our 2018-2019 season and give Travesties its first-ever Broadway revival since its 1975 debut, which won the Tony Award® for Best Play. A vortex of caricatural historical figures, clashing political philosophies, and radical artistic movements, Stoppard's early masterwork dismantles just about every convention of the Western stage and reassembles their parts into an entirely original theatrical machine. There's no simple narrative thread in this play, no strict adherence to the laws of our physical world, no clear divide between fact and fiction -- and no end to the tenets of artistic tradition that this whirlwind of a comedy deconstructs. (more...)
From Artistic Director/CEO, Todd Haimes: Our MissionFrom Artistic Director/CEO, Todd Haimes: Our Mission
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 13, 2018

Dear Audience Members and Supporters, I'm happy to share that last week Roundabout's Board of Directors adopted a refreshed mission statement, core values and a commitment to improve in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion. (more...)
Ethan Dubin, Gabriel Brown, Sasha Diamond & More Will Star in Roundabout's BOBBIE CLEARLYEthan Dubin, Gabriel Brown, Sasha Diamond & More Will Star in Roundabout's BOBBIE CLEARLY
by BWW News Desk - February 6, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) has just announced the full cast of Bobbie Clearly, by Alex Lubischer, directed by Will Davis. This is the second play in Roundabout Underground's expanded two-play season, following Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jire?h Breon Holder this fall. (more...)
Photo Flash: AMY AND THE ORPHANS at Roundabout Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: AMY AND THE ORPHANS at Roundabout Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - January 19, 2018

Amy and the Orphans will begin preview performances Off-Broadway on February 1, 2018, and open officially on March 1, 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 April 22, 2018. (more...)
BWW TV: Go Inside Rehearsals for Roundabout's AMY AND THE ORPHANS!BWW TV: Go Inside Rehearsals for Roundabout's AMY AND THE ORPHANS!
by TV - Press Previews - January 13, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company will soon present the world-premiere production Amy and the Orphans, by Roundabout Underground alumna Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone), with direction by eight-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, On the Twentieth Century). (more...)
New Works by Calamity West, Daniel Zaitchik and More Set for Roundabout Underground Reading SeriesNew Works by Calamity West, Daniel Zaitchik and More Set for Roundabout Underground Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the seventh annual Roundabout Underground Reading Series, a five-night event that includes nightly readings of new works written and directed by emerging artists, as well as post-show receptions. The Reading Series will feature new works by Selina Fillinger, Harrison David Rivers, Korde Arrington Tuttle, Calamity West and Daniel Zaitchik. (more...)
Roundabout's Entire Theatrical Workforce Development Program Cohort Lands JobsRoundabout's Entire Theatrical Workforce Development Program Cohort Lands Jobs
by BWW News Desk - December 13, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company and Education at Roundabout have announced a 100% job placement rate for the first cohort of the Theatrical Workforce Development Program (TWDP), the theatre industry's first workforce development program to train and place young adults in professional technical theatre careers. (more...)
Photo Coverage: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Matthew Morrison & More Take Bows in Roundabout's DAMN YANKEES Benefit Concert!Photo Coverage: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Matthew Morrison & More Take Bows in Roundabout's DAMN YANKEES Benefit Concert!
by Walter McBride - December 12, 2017

It was batter up at the Stephen Sondheim Theater last night! Roundabout Theatre Company just presented its Damn Yankees Benefit Concert Reading, starring Whoopi Goldberg as 'Applegate,' Maggie Gyllenhaal as 'Lola,' and Matthew Morrison 'Joe Hardy' and included Stephen Bogardus 'Joe Boyd,' Danny Burstein as 'Van Buren,' Victoria Clark as 'Meg Boyd,' Annie Golden 'Doris,' Julie Halston 'Sister,' Reggie Jackson as 'Mr. Welch,' and Adrienne Warren 'Gloria Thorpe.' (more...)
Roundabout's THE LAST MATCH Sets Up Final Serve Off-BroadwayRoundabout's THE LAST MATCH Sets Up Final Serve Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - December 8, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company will conclude its New York premiere of The Last Match by Anna Ziegler's, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch on Saturday, December 23. At the time of closing, The Last Match will have played 29 preview performances and 68 regular performances. (more...)
Elliott-Chelsea Houses & Fulton House Residents Get Special Experience at Roundabout's DAMN YANKEESElliott-Chelsea Houses & Fulton House Residents Get Special Experience at Roundabout's DAMN YANKEES
by BWW News Desk - December 1, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced a partnership with Education at Roundabout and Google to create two unique opportunities for the residents of the Elliott-Chelsea Houses and Fulton House. (more...)
Roundabout Welcomes Six New Members to Teaching Artist RosterRoundabout Welcomes Six New Members to Teaching Artist Roster
by BWW News Desk - November 30, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company and Education at Roundabout have announced six new members of Roundabout's Teaching Artist roster: Bob Franklin, Kent Jackson, David Kaplan, Yolanda Ramsay, Annie Wiegand and Haydee Zelideth. (more...)
Jill Rafson Takes Helm of Roundabout Underground as Robyn Goodman Steps DownJill Rafson Takes Helm of Roundabout Underground as Robyn Goodman Steps Down
by BWW News Desk - November 28, 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company announces today that Robyn Goodman steps down as Founding Artistic Producer of Roundabout Underground. Goodman and colleague Josh Fiedler will continue to consult Roundabout's artistic team. (more...)
Roundabout Offering Cyber Monday Deals for John Lithgow, AMY AND THE ORPHANS and MoreRoundabout Offering Cyber Monday Deals for John Lithgow, AMY AND THE ORPHANS and More
by BWW News Desk - November 21, 2017

Want to save big on theatre without leaving your living room? Roundabout Theatre Company is offering several Cyber Monday deals next week. (more...)

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