Roundabout Theatre Company
Announces the full company for
TIGERS BE STILL
A New Play by Kim Rosenstock
Directed by Sam Gold
Reed Birney, Halley Feiffer, Natasha Lyonne, John Magaro
Previews begin Friday, September 10th, 2010
Opens officially on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Roundabout Underground is an initiative launched in 2007 to introduce and cultivate artists in a 62-seat Black Box Theatre within the
Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full cast for Tigers Be Still, a new play by Kim Rosenstock, directed by Sam Gold. Tigers Be Still will feature Reed Birney (Joseph), Halley Feiffer (Sherry), Natasha Lyonne (Grace), John Magaro (Zack).
Tigers Be Still will begin previews performances on Friday, September 10th, 2010 and will officially open on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010. This will be a limited engagement through Sunday, November 21st.
All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $20.
Tigers Be Still creative team includes Dane Laffrey (Sets & Costumes), Japhy Weideman (Lighting) & Fitz Patton (Sound).
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.
Tigers Be Still is the fourth production of Roundabout Underground, an initiative launched in 2007 to introduce and cultivate artists in Roundabout’s 62-seat Black Box Theatre, at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street, NYC, NY, 10036). Prior productions include Speech & Debate (2007), The Language of Trees (2008) & Ordinary Days (2009). In spring 2011, Roundabout Underground will present David West Read’s The Dream of Burning Boy, directed by Evan Cabnet.
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. Robyn Goodman (Artistic Consultant to the Roundabout), who has significant artistic development experience, is curating the initiative that continues to be a creative breeding ground for nurturing new talent.
The 62-seat Black Box Theatre, below the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, allows Roundabout to take artistic risks that are better suited for a more intimate space.
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre reflects 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 theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $45 million to more than 100 not-for-profit theatre organizations.
REED BIRNEY (Joseph). Theatre: Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwright’s Horizons); The Savannah Disputation (Playwright’s Horizon) ; Blasted (Soho Rep); Stuff Happens (Public Theatre); Pen (Playwright’s Horizons); Bug (Barrow Street Theatre); Homebody/Kabul (Steppenwolf, Mark Taper, BAM); Finn in the Underworld (Berkley Rep); The Butterfly Collection (Playwright’s Horizons); Theater District (Steppenwolf); Black Forest (Long Wharf Theatre); Claudia Lazlo (George St. Playhouse); Gemini (Dir. Mark Shifter and Marshall Mason) ; The Libson Traviata (Seattle Rep); The Common Pursuit (Promenade Theatre); An Imaginary Life (Playwright’s Horizons) ; The Cocktail Hour (Wilbur Theatre and Tour); The Family of Man (Second Stage); Loose Knit (Long Wharf Theatre and Second Stage); Anthony Rose (Philadelphia Fest.); Hay Fever (Kenyon Festival); and The Sixth Floor (Florida Repertory Theatre). Television credits include “Kings”, “Gossip Girl”, “From the Earth to the Moon”, ” Another World”, “Tales From the Crypt”, “Kidnapped”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Law & Order: Conviction”, “James Thurber’s The Greatest”, “Man in the world, American Short”, “Story”, “Kane and Abel”, and “Ed”. Film Credits include Chain Letters; Crimeweave; Four Friends; Changeling; Twelve Thirty; and Morning Glory.
HALLEY FEIFFER (Sherry). Off-Broadway: subUrbia, Election Day and Some Americans Abroad (Second Stage), Still Life (MCC), None of the Above (South Ark Stage), Urgent Fury (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Feiffer’s People (Backhouse Productions). Regional: Third (Huntington Theatre Company), Knock, Knock! (Vineyard Playhouse) and Adam Rapp’s recent workshop of Welcome Home, Dean Charbonneau (Seattle Rep). TV and film: “Law & Order,” “The Good Wife,” “Ugly Betty,” HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” and “The Wonderful Maladys”, You Can Count on Me, Stephanie Daley, Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, The Messenger and Gentlemen Broncos; upcoming films include Fighting Fish, Twelve Thirty, Last Night and Todd Haynes’ HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.” Halley’s work as a playwright has been produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Young Playwrights’ Festival XXII) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has been developed at The Orchard Project. BA: Wesleyan University.
NATASHA LYONNE (Grace). Previous theatre credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Dir. Nora Ephron) and Two Thousand Years (Dir. Scott Elliott). Television: “Loving Leah”, “Knights of Prosperity”, “Old School”, “Grounded for Life”, “Night Visions”, “Will & Grace”, “If These Walls Could Talk”, “Modern Vampires”, and “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse”. Film credits include All about Evil; 13; Heterosexual, Tricks of a Woman; Jelly; The Immaculate Conception; Of Little Dizzle; Outrage; Goyband; Hysteria; My Suicidal Sweetheart; Robots; Blade: Trinity; Madhouse; America Brown; Die, Mommie, Die!; Party Monster; Night At the Golden Eagle; Zigzag; Kate & Leopold; The Grey Zone; American Pie; American Pie 2; Scary Movie 2; Fast Sofa; But I’m A Cheerleader; Detroit Rock City; Slums of Beverly Hills; Krippendorf’s Tribe; and Dennis the Menace.
JOHN MAGARO (Zack). Last seen on the New York stage in Lillian Yuralia at LaMaMa E.T.C. directed by Austin Pendleton. Regional highlights include Orphans (Penguin Rep) Adam Rapp’s Gompers (City Theatre) The Grapes of Wrath (The Cleveland Playhouse) Kimberly Akimbo (Pittsburgh Playhouse) and The Sunken Living Room (New Theatre/Southern Rep.) Film credits include The Brave One, The Box, Taking Chance, The Life Before Her Eyes, Assassination of a High School President, The Last Kiddie Ride, and the upcoming Wes Craven film My Soul to Take. He has been seen on television in “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Body of Proof” and “Conviction”.
KIM ROSENSTOCK (Playwright) recently earned her MFA in playwriting under the mentorship of Paula Vogel at the Yale School of Drama where she is the recipient of the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship. Her work has been developed and produced by The Kennedy Center, Ars Nova, The Old Vic in association with The Public Theater, Voice and Vision, the NY Fringe Festival, Vital Theatre and New York Stage & Film. Her play 99 Ways To Fuck A Swan was featured in Portland Center Stage’s 2009 JAW Playwrights Festival. She was the Artistic Director of the 2009 Yale Summer Cabaret where she produced several shows including Fly-By-Night, a new indie rock musical she co-wrote about star-crossed love and blackouts. From 2005-2007 she was Associate Producer of Ars Nova in New York City where she produced new works of music, comedy and theater. She has her BA from Amherst College where she first began writing plays under the mentorship of Constance Congdon. She is originally from Baldwin, Long Island.
SAM GOLD (Director) most recently directed the critically acclaimed production of Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation at Playwrights Horizons. He directed Nick Jones’ Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, which played to a sold out run at Ars Nova in 2008. Other credits include Threepenny Opera (Juilliard), Anne Carson’s translation of Electra (Williams College), Noah Haidle’s Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), Sam Marks’ The Joke (Studio Dante), Betty Shamieh’s The Black Eyed (New York Theater Workshop), Colin McKenna’s The Secret Agenda of Trees (Cherry Lane), Rogelio Martinez’s Fizz (The Ohio Theater), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (The Hangar Theater), Joanna Laurens’ The Three Birds (Gale Gates), and Betty Shamieh‘s Chocolate in Heat (The Tank). Sam is the Resident Director at the Juilliard School, where his credits include Beau Willimon’s War Story, Twelfth Night, Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer, Willimon’s Farragut North, Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood, and Marlowe’s Edward II for the Juilliard Centennial Tour (REDCAT, LA/Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago). From 2003 to 2006, Sam served as Dramaturg at The Wooster Group. He is a NYTW Usual Suspect, a Drama League Directing Fellow, a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, and a graduate of The Juilliard Directing Program.
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundaboutunderground.org or at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46 Street). The ticket price is $20.00 for all seats. All tickets for Tigers Be Still will be issued as General Admission passes for first-come, first-served seating on the show date.
Tigers Be Still will play Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30PM.
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.
Tigers Be Still is made possible with major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Jodi and Daniel Glucksman, and The Educational Foundation of America
Tigers Be Still benefits from Roundabout’s New Play Production Fund with a gift provided by Laura S. Rodgers/The Honorable Ann W. Brown & Donald A. Brown.
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.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Flatotel is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties; the New York Department of State; the New York State Department of Education; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2010-2011 season features George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession starring Cherry Jones & Sally Hawkins, directed by Doug Hughes; Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, adapted and directed by Emma Rice; Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still, directed by Sam Gold; Julia Cho’s The Language Archive, directed by Mark Brokaw; Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Michael Wilson; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; David West Read’s The Dream of Burning Boy, directed by Evan Cabnet. 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.