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Roundabout Announces Full Casting for THE COMMON PURSUIT

Roundabout Theatre Company

Announces the full cast
For the new Off-Broadway production of


Kristen Bush, Kieran Campion, Josh Cooke, Jacob Fishel,
Tim McGeever, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe 

By Simon Gray

Directed by Moisés Kaufman

Performances begin May 4, 2012
Opening May 24, 2012

Off-Broadway at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre / Laura Pels Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full cast for the new Off-Broadway production of Simon Gray’s comedy-drama The Common Pursuit,directed by Moisés Kaufman. The Common Pursuit will feature Kristen Bush as “Marigold,” Kieran Campion as “Peter,” Josh Cooke as “Stuart,” Jacob Fishel as “Martin,” Tim McGeever as “Humphry,” Lucas Near-Verbrugghe as “Nick.”

{module ad_left_body}The Common Pursuit will begin performances May 4, 2012 and officially open on May 24, 2012 at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre / Laura Pels Theatre (111 West 46th Street).  This is a limited engagement through July 29, 2012.

The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Clint Ramos (Costumes) and David Lander (Lights).

The Common Pursuit chronicles twenty years in the lives of six friends, from their ambitious collegiate days to their surprising discoveries in the real world.  Idealistic Cambridge student Stuart Thorne enlists some of his classmates to help him launch a new literary magazine. With the pursuit of great literature as their common thread, they become lifelong friends. But when damaging secrets crop up and business demands creep in, Stuart is faced with some unexpected decisions. Delightfully witty and remarkably poignant, The Common Pursuit is a captivating journey from who we think we who we turn out to be.

The Common Pursuit had its American premiere at Long Wharf Theater in 1985.  The off-Broadway production in 1986 ran 352 performances and received the 1987 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and the 1987 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.

Major support for The Common Pursuit provided by The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.


Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at or at the Laura Pels box office (111 West 46th Street).  Ticket prices range from $71.00-81.00.

Roundabout Subscribers save up to 50% off of ticket prices and have access to special in-theatre events and perks. To become a Roundabout Subscriber, visit or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300 today.


The Common Pursuit will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

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.


Kristen Bush(Marigold) first New York job was understudying in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of A Touch of the Poet. Other credits include, Off-Broadway: KIn (Playwrights Horizons, dir. Sam Gold); Photograph 51 (Ensemble Studio Theatre); King Lear (with Kevin Kline, The Public Theatre). Film & TV include: Liberal Arts (dir. Josh Radnor); Synechdoche, NY (dir. Charlie Kaufman); “L&O:SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Suits,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” & the upcoming “ElemeNtarY.” Ms. Bush trained at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Kieran Campion (Peter) appeared in the Roundabout production of Pygmalion. Other Broadway credits include The American Plan, the Tony-winning Journey’s End and Our Town. Off-Broadway: House and Garden (MTC), Everett Beekin  (Lincoln Center), Substitution  (Soho Theater) among others, and regionally in Westport and Williamstown.  Film and TV: The Adjustment Bureau, Children of Invention, The Sopranos, Blue Bloods, CSI: (NY and Miami) and as the ethically challenged DA Henry North in the now-dead All My Children.    

Josh Cooke (Stuart). Theater: Come Back Little Sheba (CTG Los Angeles). Film credits include: I Love You Man, Quarantine 2, Group Sex, A Fork in the Road, YPF, Wasted and Partners. Television credits include: “Dexter,” “Better With You,” “The Closer,” “Scrubs”and others. Josh is thrilled to be making his NY stage debut and would like to thank all involved in this production. Special thanks to mom, dad, Jessi, and his incredible wife Eleisha.

Jacob Fishel (Martin). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof.  Off-Broadway:  The Broken Heart (TFANA), Titus Andronicus (The Public Lab), Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theatre), Macbeth (NYSF).  Television: “Cold Case,”  “Medium,” “Without a Trace,” “Numb3rs.”  Film: How I Got Lost.  Jacob is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received the John Houseman Prize.

Tim McGeever (Humphry) arrives fresh from the Roundabout’s production of Don’t Dress for Dinner.  He made his Broadway debut in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, also for the Roundabout.  Off-Broadway credits include Chaucer in Rome (Lincoln Center), The White Devil (BAM), Lifegame (Improbable UK), Tartuffe (Delacorte), Fully Committed (Cherry Lane).  Tim played Zazu on the national tour of The Lion King.  He has worked with many NYC companies and over 20 regional theaters.  Tim trained at Juilliard.

Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Nick). Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Ritz.  Off-Broadway: Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Public), Macbeth (Delacorte), Oorah! (Atlantic), boom (Ars Nova), The Most Excellent Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It (CSC and Florence, Italy). Regional: The Proud (Dance Mission, San Francisco), A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice and The Glass Menagerie all at Texas Shakespeare Festival. TV: “Law & Order,” "Law & Order: SVU", “Guiding Light.” Film: My Idiot Brother, Bridge to Bourne (short).  MFA from NYU.

Simon Gray (Playwright) was born on Hayling Island on 21st October 1936. He began his writing career with Colmain (1963), the first of five novels, all published by Faber. He is the author of many plays for TV and radio, also films, including the 1987 adaptation of J L Carr’s A Month in the Country, and  TV films including Running Late, After Pilkington (winner of the Prix Italia) and Emmy Award-winning Unnatural Pursuits. He wrote more than 30 stage plays amongst them Butley and Otherwise Engaged (which both received Evening Standard Awards for Best Play), Close of Play, The Rear Column, Quartermaine’s Terms (winner of 8 Obie Awards), The Common Pursuit, Hidden Laughter, The Late Middle Classes (winner of the Barclay’s Best Play Award), Japes, The Old Masters (his ninth play to be directed by Harold Pinter) and Little Nell, which premiered at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2007, directed by Peter Hall. Little Nell was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006, and Missing Dates in 2008. His acclaimed works of non-fiction are: An Unnatural Pursuit, How’s That for Telling ’Em, Fat Lady?, Fat Chance, Enter a Fox, The Smoking Diaries, The Year of the Jouncer, The Last Cigarette and Coda. The dramatisation of his Diaries, The Last Cigarette, co-authored with Hugh Whitemore and directed by Richard Eyre, played in the West End in Spring/Summer 2009. In 1990 Simon Gray was awarded the BAFTA Writer’s Award. He was appointed CBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours for his services to Drama and Literature. He died on August 7th 2008.

MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Director).  Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (director), 33 Variations (writer & director; Tony nomination Best Play, Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award); I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright, (Obie Award, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel nominations). West End: Gross Indecency (writer & director, Gielgud Theatre), I Am My Own Wife (Duke of York Theater), This Is How It Goes by Neil LaBute (Donmar Warehouse).  Off-Broadway/Regional: One Arm (Tectonic Theater Project/The New Group); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Kirk Douglas Theater, Mark Taper Forum); The Laramie Project (writer and director; Theater In The Square, Drama Desk nomination); The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (writer & director; Alice Tully Hall); Gross Indecency: The Three Trials Of Oscar Wilde (writer & director; Lucille Lortell Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and the Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction); Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Delacorte Theater);  One Arm by Tennessee Williams (Steppenwolf Theater Company); Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theater); El Gato Con Botas (New Victory Theater); Film/TV: “The Laramie Project” (HBO, 2 Emmy nominations for writing & directing, Opening Night Selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize, Special Mention the Berlin Film Festival); “The L Word.”  He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. 

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 City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season features John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, directed by Sam Gold; Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner starring Ben Daniels, Adam James, Patricia Kalember and Jennifer Tilly, adapted by Robin Hawdon, directed by John Tillinger; Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit,directed by Moisés Kaufman; Mary Chase’s Harvey starring Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht & Charles Kimbrough, directed by Scott Ellis. Roundabout’s Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes starring Stephanie J. Block & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The 2011 Tony® Award winning Anything Goeswill set sail on a National Tour at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square in October 2012.  Following its opening in Cleveland, Anything Goes will cruise into more than 25 other cities during the 2012/2013 season.


Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season features Rupert Holmes’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood starring Chita Rivera, directed by Scott Ellis; William Inge’s Picnic directed by Sam Gold; Steven Levenson’s The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin directed by Scott Ellis.
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