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Roundabout announces Mrs. Warren’s Profession & Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces

Additional Productions for the 2010-2011 Theatrical Season

American Airlines 

MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION

Starring Cherry Jones

By George Bernard Shaw, Directed by Doug Hughes

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE

Starring Olympia Dukakis

By Tennessee Williams, Directed by Michael Wilson

Click here for a Q&A with Artistic Director Todd Haimes about the productions.

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce two additional productions as part of the 2010-2011 theatrical season: Cherry Jones starring in George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession, directed by Doug Hughes and Olympia Dukakis starring in Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, directed by Michael Wilson.

Performance dates are also confirmed for previously announced productions for the 2010-2011 season including Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by & starring Brian Bedford; Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw and Kimberly Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold which has been announced for Roundabout Underground.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Only Roundabout subscribers have first access to tickets! Visit www.roundabouttheatre.org/joinnow for details. Single Tickets for Mrs. Warren’s Profession will be available to the general public in the Summer of 2010. Single Tickets for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore will be available to the general public in the Fall of 2010.

MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION

(Previews begin September 3, 2010 at American Airlines Theatre)

By George Bernard Shaw, directed by Doug Hughes and starring Cherry Jones.

Tony Award winner Cherry Jones returns to Broadway in George Bernard Shaw’s scorching tour de force!  Mrs. Warren’s Profession tells the story of Kitty Warren, a mother who makes a terrible sacrifice for her daughter Vivie’s independence.  The clash of these two strong-willed but culturally constrained women is the spark that ignites the ironic wit of one of Shaw’s greatest plays. Additional cast members and the creative team will be announced shortly.

THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE

(Previews begin January 7, 2011 at Laura Pels Theatre)

By Tennessee Williams, directed by Michael Wilson and starring Olympia Dukakis.

As part of the 2011 Tennessee Williams’ centennial, Roundabout presents The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, a haunting drama takes place at the picturesque Italian mountaintop home of Flora Goforth.  Flora is a wealthy American widow who has detached from the world in order to write her memoirs. When a handsome and mysterious young visitor arrives without warning to keep Flora company in her final hours, this dreamlike play blossoms into a fascinating meditation on life and death.  Additional cast members and the creative team will be announced shortly.  Hartford Stage Artistic Director Michael Wilson completed a ten-year project on the work of Tennessee Williams, which culminated in a 2008 production of Milk Train starring Olympia Dukakis.

Other productions already announced for the 2010-2011 season include:

TIGERS BE STILL

(Previews begin September 10, 2010; Opens October 3, 2010

at Black Box Theatre as part of Roundabout Underground)

By Kimberly Rosenstock and directed by Sam Gold.

Roundabout Underground is an initiative to showcase new plays that will either allow an experienced director to go back to his/her creative roots or give a debut production to an emerging writer or director.  Tigers Be Still is a comedy that follows the story of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who expects the perfect career and life to fall into place immediately upon earning her masters degree in art therapy.  Instead, Sherry finds herself unemployed, overwhelmed and back at home hiding out in her twin-sized childhood bed.  But when Sherry gets hired as a substitute art teacher, things begin to brighten up.  Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her sister would get off the couch, her very first therapy patient would do just one of his take-home assignments, her new boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect.  The cast and design team will be announced shortly.

THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE

(Previews begin September 24, 2010; Opens October 17, 2010 at Laura Pels Theatre)

By Julia Cho and directed by Mark Brokaw.

Roundabout commissioned The Language Archive, which won the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize awarded to an outstanding new English-language play by a woman.  The Language Archive is a poignant and quirky comedy that seems to prove love is the one language that can leave us all at a loss for words.  George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn’t know what to say to his wife, Mary, to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn’t recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant, Emma, has for him.  The cast and design team will be announced shortly.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

(Previews begin December 20, 2010; Opens January 13, 2011 at American Airlines Theatre)

By Oscar Wilde, directed by and starring Tony Award® winner Brian Bedford.

The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette.  Dashing men-about-town John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff pursue fair ladies Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew.   Matters are complicated by the imaginary characters invented by both men to cover their on-the-sly activities – not to mention the disapproval of Gwendolen’s mother, the formidable Lady Bracknell.  The Stratford Shakespeare Festival produced a production of The Importance of Being Earnest in 2009 directed by and starring Brian Bedford.  Additional cast members and the creative team will be announced shortly.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Only Roundabout subscribers have first access to tickets! Visit www.roundabouttheatre.org/joinnow for details. Single Tickets for Mrs. Warren’s Profession will be available to the general public in the Summer of 2010. Single Tickets for The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore will be available to the general public in the Fall of 2010.

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the 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.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.  Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Roundabout Underground support is provided by Jodi and Daniel Glucksman, The Educational Foundation of America, The Shen Family Foundation, Laura S. Rodgers/The Honorable Ann W. Brown & Donald A. Brown, and Stephen and Ruth Hendel.  Roundabout Underground is also supported, in part, by funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York.  Support for new plays provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Laura Pels Foundation.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2009-2010 season includes Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sondheim on Sondheim starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams and Tom Wopat; Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gordon Edelstein; Sherie Rene Scott & Dick Scanlan’s Everyday Rapture, starring Sherie Rene Scott, directed by Michael Mayer.  The 2010-2011 season will include Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford.   Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its third transfer to the New World Stages after a successful Broadway run at three Broadway theatres.

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