Roundabout announces 3 off-Broadway productions


The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced 3 off-Broadway productions for its 2016-2017 season.

The Roundabout Underground series will begin with the world premiere of Kingdom Come, written by Jenny Rachel Weiner, which begins previews at the Black Box Theatre at Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on 7 October 2016 and runs through to 18 December 2016.

Synopsis: "Samantha is lonely and confined to her bed. Layne is shy and too afraid of the world to journey into it. When both women decide that online dating might be the outlet they need, they venture into the wilds of the Internet and find deep connection in each other. The only problem: they’re each pretending to be someone else. What happens when the feelings are real but the people are not?"

A second 'Underground' production for Spring 2017 will be announced at a later date.

At the Laura Pels Theatre, Roundabout presents If I Forget, written by Steven Levenson, which begins previews on 19 January 2017 and runs through to 16 April 2017.

Synopsis: "In July of 2000, immediately following the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at Camp David, three adult siblings and their families gather in a suburb of DC for their father, Lou’s, 75th birthday. Middle son Michael, a Jewish studies professor, has recently finished the manuscript he hopes will push him into tenure. Dedicated to his father, a Jewish WWII veteran, the book argues an incendiary point about American Jews, Israel, and the Holocaust – but Lou hasn’t said a word about it, leaving Michael uneasy. And as the visit continues, it becomes clear that Lou isn’t the only member of the family leaving things unspoken. Money, marriage, and career pressures bear down, quickly turning familial responsibility into resentment. With deep sensitivity and dark humor, If I Forget focuses an unwavering gaze on the personal politics of family, heritage, and history – and the scars and legacies they leave behind."

Following this will be Napoli, Brooklyn, written by Meghan Kennedy, which begins previews on 18 May 2017 and runs through to 13 August 2017.

Synopsis: "The women of the Muscolino family have lived for years under the frightening temper of their husband and father. All are desperate for a life beyond their four walls, hiding dreams, loves, and longings. But when an accidental tragedy rocks the neighborhood, the family’s plans are put on hold. The women fight to find their voices and struggle to hold on to them and to each other. Napoli, Brooklyn is a play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness in 1960s Brooklyn."

Cast and creative team information for all three productions will be announced at a later date.

- by Tom Millward