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Complete Casting Announced for New York Premiere of Tom Stoppard's INDIAN INK at Roundabout

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Firdous Bamji, Bill Buell, Nick Choksi, Romola Garai,
Neal Huff, Caroline Lagerfelt, Omar Maskati, Tim McGeever,
Brenda Meaney, Philip Mills, Ajay Naidu,
Bhavesh Patel, Lee Aaron Rosen and Rajeev Varma

Will Join

Rosemary Harris

In

Indian Ink

By Tom Stoppard

Directed by Carey Perloff

Previews begin September 4th, 2014
Opening night is September 30th, 2014

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

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the full cast joining Tony Award Winner Rosemary Harris as “Eleanor Swan” in the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Inkdirected by Carey Perloff. 

The cast will include Firdous Bamji (“Nikrad Das”), Bill Buell (“Englishman”), Nick Choksi (“Dilip”), Romola Garai  (“Flora Crewe”), Neal Huff (“Eldon Pike”), Caroline Lagerfelt (“Englishwoman”), Omar Maskati (“Nazrul”), Tim McGeever (“Resident”), Brenda Meaney (“Nell”), Philip Mills (“Eric”), Ajay Naidu (“Coomaraswami”) Bhavesh Patel (“Anish Das”), Lee Aaron Rosen (“David Durance”) and Rajeev Varma (“Rajah/Politician”).

The production will begin performances on September 4 and open Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Centre for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).

Tom Stoppard’s relationship with Roundabout Theatre Company includes Broadway productions of The Real Inspector Hound and The Fifteen Minute Hamlet.  Rosemary Harris was last seen on the Roundabout stage in The Road to Mecca (2011) and All Over (2002).  This fall Roundabout will also present a new production of Mr. Stoppard’s The Real Thing on Broadway starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton and Cynthia Nixon, directed by Sam Gold.  This production of Indian Ink will mark the play’s New York debut.

Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe (Romola Garai) on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor (Rosemary Harris) tries to preserve the legacy of Flora's controversial career. Little by little, Flora’s mysterious past is revealed, as is the surprising story of two people whose connection lives on through art.  An evocative portrait of love and loss, Indian Ink movingly explores how the creative spirit can bring us together in the most unexpected ways.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for Indian Ink are currently on sale. Whether you are interested in the best value or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. To purchase tickets and for more information on subscriptions and VIP seats please visit roundabouttheatre.org or call 212-719-1300.

Single tickets for Indian Ink are $89.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Indian Ink will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with WednesdaySaturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

BIOGRAPHIES:

FIRDOUS BAMJI (Nirad Das) made his professional acting debut in Columbia, South Carolina, when he was cast as Torch in Beirut by Alan Bowne at Trustus Theatre. It was directed by the man who

became his mentor, the theatre’s artistic director and co-founder, Jim Thigpen. Since then he has gone on to work at numerous theatre companies in New York and around the country, including the American Conservatory Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre, Lincoln Centre Theatre, Baltimore Centre Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, the Studio Theatre, Theatre For a New Audience, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, New York Theatre Workshop, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has played leading roles in world and American premier productions of plays by playwrights such as Tom Stoppard, Tony Kushner, Eric Bogosian, Naomi Wallace and Rebecca Gilman, including the American premiere of Stoppard’s Indian Ink, at ACT, directed by Carey Perloff. Bamji played Anish, opposite the late, great Jean Stapleton. In 2007 he moved to London, England to co-write and act in a new piece of theatre with the British company, Complicite. The result was A Disappearing Number, directed by Simon McBurney, which won the Laurence Olivier Award and the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play, and the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. Over the next four years, A Disappearing Number toured Europe, Australia, India, and the United States, and finished its universally acclaimed run at the Novello Theatre in London’s West End. Firdous’ television credits include “Law & Order”and “Law & Order SVU”and his film credits include The Sixth SenseUnbreakableAnalyze ThatAshesJustice and The War Within, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He has narrated almost twenty audio books, including The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Camille by Alexander Dumas,The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh, and The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, for which he received an Audie Award nomination. For the last four years, Firdous has been working on a novel about the first Persian Empire, called Chariot Stander: From the Shade to the Sun.

BILL BUELL (Englishman). Broadway credits include: Cyrano at the Roundabout, Equus, The History Boys, Inherit the Wind, Urinetown, 42nd Street, Titanic, Tommy, Taking Steps, Big River, Annie. Recent Off-Broadway: 3C (Rattlestick), Kin (Playwrights Horizons), La Brea (Clubbed Thumb).  Film and television credits include: God's Pocket, Across the Universe, Spy Game, Welcome to the Dollhouse, The Love Letter, Quiz Show, Kinsey, Dark Water, “Boardwalk Empire,” “30 Rock,” “Blue Bloods,” “John Adams,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Law & Order,” “Elementary.”

NICK CHOKSI (Dilip). Recent theatre credits include: Bike America; Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet Of 1812; and Invasion! Choksi starred as Vimal Patel on “One Life to Live” and is a graduate of Juilliard.

ROMOLA GARAI (Flora Crewe). Romola’s career began with the film I Capture the Castle. She went on to star in many British films such as Atonement, One Day, Amazing Grace, Vanity Fair and the upcomingSuffragette. On television she has starred in “The Hour,” “Emma” (Golden Globe nominations) and “The Crimson Petal and the White” (BAFTA nominated). Her work in theatre includes The Seagull/King Learfor the RSC, Calico (West End) and The Village Bike for the Royal Court.

ROSEMARY HARRIS (Eleanor Swan) was born in England but brought up in India.  She graduated from RADA with the Bancroft Gold Medal when she was directed by Mary Duff in The Heiress.  Her first job in the London theatre was understudying and looking after Nellie the greyhound in The Gay Dog at the Piccadilly Theatre.  She then made her London debut in the The Seven Year Itch having already starred in Moss Hart's Climate Of Eden on Broadway.  Following a season at the Bristol Old Vic playing Elizabeth Proctor in the British premier of The Crucible she joined the London Old Vic to play Desedemona opposite Richard Burton in Othello followed by Cressida in Tyrone Guthrie's production of Troilus And Cressida. When Ellis Rabb formed APA in 1960 she joined the Company and appeared in productions of works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Sheridan, Chekhov, Isben, Wilde, Pirandello and Kaufman and Hart at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.  She also played the title role in Peter Pan. In 1962 she appeared in Laurence Olivier's Company at the Chichester Festival Theatre for their first season in the The Broken Heart and Chances and returned the following year for Uncle Vanya. In 1964 she joined the National Theatre to play Ophelia opposite Peter O'Toole in Laurence Olivier's inaugural production of Hamlet followed by IIyena in his production of Uncle Vanya.  In 1967 she created the part of Eleanor of Aquitane in The Lion in Winter on Broadway for which she won a Tony Award and in 1969 she was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for her performance in Plaza Suite. In 1970 she appeared opposite Jack Lemmon in Idiot's Delight at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, in 1971 she played Anna in Peter Hall's production of Old Times on Broadway, 1973 she played Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and Portia in the The Merchant of Venice at the Lincoln Centre Repertory Theatre directed by Ellis Rabb, in 1975 she played Julie Cavendish in Royal Family on Broadway, 1980 she played Madame Arkadina in The Seagull at the Public Theater in New York followed by the Three Sisters and New York Idea at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in 1982 she appeared in All My Sons in the West End in Heartbreak House with Rex Harrison and Diana Rigg at the Haymarket playing Ariadne Utterwood. She appeared in Heartbreak House on Broadway, again with Rex Harrison but in this production she played Hesione Hushabye.  She then played Barbara Jackson in Pack Of Lies on Broadway.  In 1985 she spent six weeks at Oxford University lecturing to American drama students after which she returned to Broadway to play Judith Bliss in Hayfever.  In July 1986 she opened at the National Theatre in The Petition with John Mills which then transferred to the Wyndhams Theatre.  In 1987, she appeared in The Best of Friends at the Apollo Theater co-starring with Sir John Gielgud and Ray McNally.  In 1989, she starred in Steel Magnolias with Miranda Richardson at the Lyric.  She starred in the Lyric Hammersmith's production of In the Summerhouse.  In 2002, she starred in a highly acclaimed run of Edward Albee's All Over at the Roundabout in NYC. Her numerous television credits include "Notorious Woman" in which she played George Sand for which she was awarded an Emmy for best actress.  She was awarded Golden Globe for her portrayal of Berte Weiss.  She also appeared in a television special entitled "The Chisholms" in which she co-starred with Robert Preston and "To The Lighthouse" adapted from Virginia Wolf's novel where she played Mrs. Ramsey.  She also was in "Strange Interlude".  She then completed a BBC play, "Summer Day's Dream" with Sir John Geilgud, directed by Christopher Morahan.  Her films include The Boys from Brazil with Greogory Peck and Laurence Olivier, Beau BrummelA Flea in her Ear,  The Shiralee, The Ploughman's Lunch,SunshineTom and VivBeing Julia, Spider-Man 1, 2 and 3Before The Devil Knows Your Dead directed by Sidney Lumet and most recently This Means War opposite Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. She still lectures regularly at Oxford University and is married to the novelist John Ehle and they have a daughter Jennifer who is also an actress [Possession 2002].

NEAL HUFF (Eldon Pike). Roundabout: The Lion in Winter, The Foreigner. Broadway: Take Me Out (NYSF/Donmar), The Tempest (NYSF). Other theater includes: Luce, When I Come To Die (LCT3); William Inge'sThe Killing (world premiere/Summer Shorts); Trumpery (Atlantic); The Little Dog Laughed (Second Stage); Occupant (Signature); Rude Entertainment (Drama Dept.); Troilus and Cressida (NYSF). Film includes:Grand Budapest Hotel, Sisterhood of Night, Doomsdays, Moonrise Kingdom, Cantuckee, Meek's Cutoff, Why Stop Now?, Jack and Diane, Vanishing On 7th Street, Monogamy, Motherhood, Michael Clayton, Stephanie Daley, Bernard and Doris, The Good Shepherd, Dealbreakers, The Shovel, Hollywood Ending, Big Daddy, Love Walked In, The Wedding Banquet. TV: "The Wire" (series regular); "Blue Bloods;" "The Abolitionists" (PBS); "Fringe" (Fox, recurring); "John Adams" (HBO); "Six Degrees" (ABC, recurring); "Starved" (FX, recurring); "Law & Order," "Law & Order: CI" (NBC).

CAROLINE LAGERFELT (Englishwoman), known to millions as Celia “CeCe” Rhodes on TV hit, “Gossip Girl,” has established a distinguished career in international theatre, Broadway, television and film. In the last year, she completed a critically-acclaimed run in the title role of Greta Garbo Came to Dinner, voted one of London’s “Top Five Plays of the Year,” and starred in five films for a new generation of independent filmmakers:  Royal Reunion, directed by and co-starring James Brolin, ROFL (an Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival), Red Robin opposite Judd Hirsch, Sunday Dinner directed by Shruti Ganguly, and the feature girls against boys, written and directed by Austin Chick. The recipient of Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards as well as a Drama Desk nomination, her career began under the auspices of theatrical legends Eva Le Galliene, Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud. She starred in Broadway’s Lend Me A Tenor (dir: Jerry Zaks), The Real Thing (dir: Mike Nichols), Small Family Business(dir: Lynne Meadow), Four on a Garden (dir: Abe Burrows), Betrayal (opposite Raul Julia and Roy Scheider, dir: Sir Peter Hall), Otherwise Engaged (dir: Harold Pinter), The Constant Wife (with Ingrid Bergman and a then-unknown Sigourney Weaver, dir: Sir John Gielgud), The Jockey Club Stakes (with Carol Channing, Sid Caesar and Tommy Lee Jones, dir: Cyril Ritchard) and The Philanthropist (dir: Robert Kidd). Off-Broadway, she received critical acclaim for her performances in New Group’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Cynthia Nixon, Hamlet, Phaedra Brittanica and The Creditors (for Classic Stage Company),Close of Play, Look Back in Anger and Other Places (for Manhattan Theatre Club), Moonlight (with Jason Robards, Blythe Danner and Liev Schreiber) and Clarence (both for the Roundabout), Swim Visit (Primary Stages), Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (Culture Project), Cloud Nine (Lucille Lortel), Quartermaine’s Terms (with Kelsey Grammar, dir: Harold Pinter), The Workroom (dir: Nicolas Kent) and The Sea Anchor (Open Space). Her many regional credits include The Injured Party (dir: Trip Cullman, South Coast Rep), Mary Stuart (dir: Carey Perloff, ACT and Huntington), The Misanthrope (dir: Garland Wright, Guthrie and Long Wharf), The Physicists (with Brian Bedford, George Grizzard and Len Cariou, Kennedy Center), Arturo Ui (with Paul Giamatti) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (with Dianne Weist, both for Williamstown), Wall of Water (Yale Rep), Don’t Dress for Dinner (Paper Mill Playhouse), Vanities (George Street), The Importance of Being Earnest (Pittsburgh Public), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Old Globe),Night and Day (with Ralph Fiennes, Theatre Clwyd Wales), Dog Days (English Vienna Theater), Lloyd George Knew My Father (with Sir Ralph Richardson) and To Grandmother’s House We Go (with Eva Le Galliene). TV audiences recognize Ms. Lagerfelt from her five years as Inger Dominguez on “Nash Bridges” and her recurring role as Sheila Silver on “Beverly Hills 90210,” as well as from memorable guest starring roles on “House,” “Numb3rs,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Agency,” “First Monday,” “Weeds,” “Six Feet Under,” “Connie,” “6,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Snoops,” “Frasier,” “Red Skies,” “Pensacola,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law and Order,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “ER,” “X-Files,” “Chicago Hope,” “NYPD Blue,” “Picket Fences,” “Drew Carey,” “Any Day Now,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Ghostwriter,” “Murphy Brown,” “Cagney and Lacey,” “The Twilight Zone” and “The Equalizer,” among many others. Her film credits include Poseidon, All The King’s Men with Sir Anthony Hopkins, her indelible portrayal of the Swedish nurse who removes Tom Cruises’ eyes in Minority Report, Homecoming, Mrs. Harris, Glam, Father of the Bride 2, Iron Eagle, Bye, Bye Love and No Way Out, and MOWs: “Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses,” “Atticus,” “No Way Back,” “Do You Remember Love” and “Home At Last.”

OMAR MASKATI (Nazrul). Off-Broadway: Disgraced (Lincoln Center). Regional: Modern Terrorism (CATF). TV/Film: "Believe" (NBC), "Blue Bloods" (CBS), the upcoming Jack of the Red Hearts opposite Famke Jansen and Anna-Sophia Robb. Proud alumnus of University of Pennsylvania Mask & Wig Club.

TIM MCGEEVER (Resident) has appeared on and off-Broadway for the Roundabout in Cyrano De Bergerac (American Airlines), The Common Pursuit (Laura Pels), Don’t Dress for Dinner (AA) and Les Liaison Dangereauses (AA).  Other off-Broadway credits include Chaucer in Rome (Lincoln Center), The White Devil (BAM), Lifegame (Improbable UK), Tartuffe (The Public) and Fully Committed (Cherry Lane).  Tim played Zazu on the national tour of The Lion King.  He has worked with countless NYC companies and over 20 regional theaters.  Tim’s film and television work includes “The Good Wife,”  “Guiding Light” and several independent films including the upcoming Progression.  He works as a private audition coach and acting teacher.  Tim trained at Juilliard.

BRENDA MEANEY (Nell) Regional and foreign credits include: Venus in Fur (American Conservatory Theatre), Caryl Churchill's Owners (Yale Repertory Theatre), Lewis Black's One Slight Hitch (Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre), Basin (Anu/Abbey Theatre|Studio, Dublin), The Way of the Language: Voices from the War on Terror (Project Arts Centre, Dublin), and Biography of Bernie Ward (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin). Meaney recently received an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama where she appeared as Arkadina in The Seagull, Octavia in Antony & Cleopatra, and The Angel in Angels in America. TV: Anna on AMC's "Hell on Wheels," RTE's "Love/Hate."

PHILIP MILLS (Eric Swan) is excited to make his debut at the Roundabout Theater CompanyPrevious theater credits include: Zorro: A New Musical (Alliance Theater) Farragut North (Premiere Stages) a young Jack Kennedy in the world premiere of Inga Binga (Charleston Stage), The Verona Project (CalShakes), A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater), Booze in the Boroughs (FACT Theater), Arrah-na-Pogue (Storm Theater), Television: "Redrum,” "TheOnion.”Film: Understanding Jenny, Hung Up (LA Shorts Fest, Mill Valley Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival), The Conservatory (winner of a Student Emmy for Best Comedy). Mills writes columns on a wide range of subjects that can be found in Forbes Online, RealClear History, RCReligion, and RCMarkets. Recently he has been collaborating with Firespotter Labs cofounder Alex Cornell creating viral internet videos which have been lauded by TimeThe Atlantic and The Guardian, and Wall Street Journal among others. BA, Cornell University. MFA, A.C.T. www.philmills.net

AJAY NAIDU (Coomaraswami) Theatre includes The Master and Margarita and Measure for Measure (Theatre de Complicite), Little Flower of East Orange directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Public Theatre),The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui (National Actor's Theatre),  Darwaza (LAByrinth), and Everyman (Steppenwolf). Film includes Office Space, Hotel for Dogs, K-Pax, Requiem for a Dream, Bad Santa, The War Within, The Guru, Loins of Punjab Presents, and Suburbia (Independant Spirit Nomination) He directed and starred in the feature film Ashes (Best Actor Award London Asian Film Festival , Best Actor New York Indian Film Festival). Television includes "Manhattan Love Story," " The Ajay Show," "Deadbeat," "Bored to Death," " "Kings," "30 Rock," "Monk," "The West Wing," "Lateline," and "The Sopranos." As an emcee his credits include Talvin Singh's Mercury Award winning OK. 

BHAVESH PATEL (Anish Das) Lincoln Center Theater: War Horse (Tony award for Best Play), Hayden's Seven Last Words (Collaboration with TACT);  BAM: RadioLoveFest (This American Life - Live Taping);   New York:  Classic Stage Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Red Bull Theater, New Dramatists, New York Shakespeare Society;   Regional: The Guthrie Theater, St. Louis Repertory Theater, Alliance Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival, Merrimack Repertory, Chautauqua Theater Company, and The O'Neill Theater Institute. TV: Guest Stars in “The Mysteries of Laura,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Person of Interest,” “White Collar,” “Damages.”  Film: Two Days in NY, Maiden Heist, The Weekend, You Should Have the Body.  Voice over: “The Leviathan Chronicles” and “Grand Theft Auto 5.”  Education: MFA from the NYU's Graduate Acting Program.

LEE AARON ROSEN (David Durance). Broadway: The Big Knife, The Normal Heart. Off-Broadway: Gabriel (Atlantic Theatre Company), The Lady From Dubuque (Signature Theatre), A Contemporary American’s Guide To A Successful Marriage… (Cherry Lane/Soho Playhouse). Regional credits include Time and the Conways (Old Globe), Suddenly Last Summer and Mary’s Wedding(Westport Country Playhouse); All My Sons (Huntington Theatre); Barefoot in the Park (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Bucks County Playhouse); The Matchmaker (Centerstage); The Member of the Wedding (Ford’s Theatre); The Game (Barrington Stage); and Once in a Lifetime, Loot and God of Vengeance (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV: “The Big C,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Damages,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Guiding Light.” Film: Saving Private Ryan, Company K, the short film Lawn Care, and the upcoming feature Sidewalk Traffic. Lee is also featured in the award-winning web series 80/20, and his voice can be heard in several Rockstar Games titles as well as in the PBS documentary series Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. He received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and is a proud volunteer at New York’s 52nd Street Project.

RAJEEV VARMA (Rajah/Politician) began his career in his native New Zealand, and now resides in New York City. He is thrilled to be making his Roundabout Theatre Company debut in Indian Ink. NYC credits include: D’Arranged Marriage (Soho Playhouse and Triad Theatre), Barriers (HERE Arts Center), One out of Ten (winner Best Actor award: Midwinter Madness Festival) and Aryavana Flies or A Pretty Dish(winner: Best Short Play Samuel French Short Play Competition). New Zealand theater credits include: As You Like It, Midsummer Nights Dream, Medea, The Birds, Antony and Cleopatra, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged), The Taro King, Awhi Tapu (nominated: Best Supporting Actor: Chapman Tripp Theater Awards), Indian Invaders (winner: Best Comedy Show, International Comedy Festival NZ), From India with Love and D’Arranged Marriage. New Zealand Television credits include: “Xena: The Warrior Princess,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” “Cleopatra 2525,” “Young Hercules,” “The Blue Rose,” “1000 Apologies,” “The Millen Baird Show,” and “Shortland Street.” Film credits include: Vindaloo Empire, The Box, 1nite, The Price of Milk, Toy Love, Summertime, We’re Here To Help, Letters About The Weather, Playing Possum, Discount Taxi Driver and The Passion of the Heist. 

TOM STOPPARD (Playwright).  Tom Stoppard’s work for the stage includes Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, The Real Thing, Hapgood, Indian Ink, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia (winner of the most Tony Awards of any new play on Broadway) and Rock ‘n’ Roll.  His translations and adaptations include works by Lorca, Nestroy, Schnitzler, Molnar, Pirandello and Chekhov.  Among his television credits are “Professional Foul” and “Squaring the Circle.”  Film work includes Billy Bathgate, Brazil, Empire of the Sun, Enigma andShakespeare in Love.  He directed the film of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  For radio he has written “If You’re Glad, I’ll Be Frank,” “Albert’s Bridge” and “In the Native State.”  In 2006 Stoppard’s multi-award-winning Rock ‘n’ Roll opened at the Royal Court.  The production, directed by Trevor Nunn, subsequently enjoyed a sell-out West End run as well as a season on Broadway produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

CAREY PERLOFF (Director). Perloff recently celebrated her 20th year as artistic director of A.C.T., where she most recently directed Arcadia, Elektra (co-produced by the Getty Villa in Malibu), Endgame andPlay, Scorched, The Homecoming, Tosca Cafe (co-created with choreographer Val Caniparoli and recently toured Canada), and Racine's Phèdre in a co-production with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Known for directing innovative productions of classics and championing new writing for the theater, Perloff has also directed for A.C.T. José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted; the world premieres of Philip Kan Gotanda's After the War (A.C.T. commission) and her own adaptation (with Paul Walsh) of A Christmas Carol; the American premieres of Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love and Indian Ink and Harold Pinter's Celebration; A.C.T.–commissioned translations/adaptations of Hecuba, The Misanthrope, Enrico IV, Mary Stuart, Uncle Vanya, A Mother, and The Voysey Inheritance (adapted by David Mamet); the world premiere of Leslie Ayvazian's Singer's Boy; and major revivals of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Government Inspector, Happy End (including a critically acclaimed cast album recording), A Doll's House, Waiting for Godot, The Three Sisters, The Threepenny Opera, Old Times, The Rose Tattoo, Antigone, Creditors, The Room, Home, The Tempest, and Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, Travesties, The Real Thing, Night and Day, and Arcadia. Perloff 's work for A.C.T. also includes Marie Ndiaye's Hilda, the world premieres of Marc Blitzstein's No for an Answer and David Lang/Mac Wellman's The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, and the West Coast premiere of her own play The Colossus of Rhodes (Susan Smith Blackburn Award finalist). Her play Luminescence Dating premiered in New York at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, was coproduced by A.C.T. and Magic Theatre, and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Kinship was developed at the Perry-Mansfield New Play Festival and at New York Stage and Film (2013); Waiting for the Flood has received workshops at A.C.T., New York Stage & Film, and Roundabout Theatre Company. Higher, was developed at New York Stage and Film and presented at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum in 2010; it won the 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theatre Visions Fund Award and received its world premiere in February 2012 in San Francisco. Her one-act The Morning After was a finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Perloff has collaborated as a director on new plays by many notable writers, including Gotanda, Nilo Cruz, Timberlake Wertenbaker and Robert O'Hara. Before joining A.C.T., Perloff was artistic director of Classic Stage Company in New York, where she directed the world premiere of Ezra Pound's Elektra, the American premiere of Pinter's Mountain Language, and many classic works. Under Perloff 's leadership, CSC won numerous OBIE Awards, including the 1988 OBIE for artistic excellence. In 1993, she directed the world premiere of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's opera The Cave at the Vienna Festival and Brooklyn Academy of Music. A recipient of France's Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the National Corporate Theatre Fund's 2007 Artistic Achievement Award, Perloff received a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa in classics and comparative literature from Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford. She was on the faculty of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for seven years and teaches and directs in the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program. Perloff is on the Board of the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, Florida, and is the proud mother of Lexie and Nicholas.

The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre opened in March 2004 with an acclaimed premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel starring Viola Davis, directed by Dan Sullivan.  In the ten years since that landmark production, the center has expanded beyond the Laura Pels Theatre to include the Black Box Theatre and now a new education center.  The Steinberg Center continues to reflect 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 not-for-profit theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $70 million to more than 125 theatre organizations.

Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences.  A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences. 

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of 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.  The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.

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American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout’s work to support new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as help create and develop new work, is made possible by Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner.

New plays are supported by Roundabout Leaders for New Works: Alec Baldwin, Peggy and Mark Ellis, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Caryn and James Magid, K. Myers, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Laura S. Rodgers, Mary and David Solomon/GS Gives, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Yolanda R. Turocy, Lori Uddenberg, Deborah and Thomas Wallace, and Xerox Foundation.

Roundabout’s 2013-2014 season includes Masteroff, Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams, directed by Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall (co-director/choreographer); Tesori & Crawley’s Violet, starring Sutton Foster, directed by Leigh Silverman; and Just Jim Dalestarring Jim Dale, directed by Richard Maltby Jr.

Roundabout’s 2014-2015 season includes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton & Cynthia Nixon, directed by Sam Gold; Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink starring Rosemary Harris & directed by Carey Perloff; Coleman, Comden & Green’s On The Twentieth Century starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, directed by Scott Ellis and Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Into the Woods.

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