New Roundabout Season Sets Miller, Shepard, Belber, Williams and Another Sondheim Musical

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The Roundabout Theatre Company — now three theatres strong — has announced its upcoming 2004-2005 season, including revivals of After the Fall, Twelve Angry Men, Fool for Love, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Foreigner a musical revival of Pacific Overtures, as well as the new plays Fiction and For Reele.

Sam Shepard
Sam Shepard

Housed on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre (dubbed its "home for classic theatre") and Studio 54 ("home for musical theatre and special events") and Off Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre ("home for new plays"), the non-profit Roundabout will employ Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under"), Carla Gugino ("Spy Kids"), Philip Bosco (Copenhagen), B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly, "Law & Order: SVU") and Natasha Richardson (Cabaret) and others in the new year.

Set to kick off the new season for the company June 25 is the Michael Mayer (Thoroughly Modern Millie) staging of Arthur Miller's After the Fall. The play, thought to be autobiographical by many, follows a lawyer in his forties (Krause) who embarks on a soul-searching journey into his past, revisiting the death of his mother and a line of failed relationships — including one with a troubled singer (Gugino).

Tom Irwin, Julie White and Emily Bergl will star in the New York premiere of Steven Dietz's Fiction, starting June 30. David Warren (Matt & Ben, Barbra's Wedding) directs the work that centers on two happily married writers who enjoy their honest relationship until they decide to share each other's diaries.

Reginald Rose's jury-room drama, Twelve Angry Men, is set for a limited engagement with the Roundabout. Scott Ellis ( The Boys From Syracuse) directs Bosco in the work that tells the story of a murder trial that seems like an open-and-shut situation until one juror voices his opposition.

Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony) will direct Larry Shue's farce, The Foreigner, about an Englishman who discovers many secrets while on holiday under the guise of a foreigner who knows no English. Following its Tony Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins, Roundabout sets Amon Miyamoto to direct an Asian-American cast in the new Broadway staging of the duo's Pacific Overtures, beginning Nov. 12. Wong stars in the Gorgeous Entertainment Inc. co-production about Japan's encounter with westernization over 150 years.

Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love is set to have its Broadway premiere in 2005 courtesy of the Roundabout. The play focuses on a chance meeting between two former lovers at a seedy motel near the Mojave Desert. But as the story unravels, we learn that it may be more than just a chance, and they may be more than just lovers.

Match playwright Stephen Belber will receive a 2005 Roundabout New York staging of his play For Reele. The play follows an African-American who garners growing support for a Senate seat after being exonerated for an 18-year-old murder charge that landed him on death row. The intelligent, politically minded man becomes a front-runner for the spot, bolstered by his sympathetic past and magnetic persona, until questions begin to arise about his role in the murder.

Tennessee Williams' New Orleans-set A Streetcar Named Desire is also set to see the Roundabout stage in 2005. The story, which takes place in the famous French Quarter, follows the woes of faded Southern belle Blanche Du Bois (Richardson) and her road to madness, aided by her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.

The complete season lineup (subject to change) is as follows:


  • After the Fall (June 25-Sept. 5) - American Airlines Theatre


  • Fiction (June 30-Sept. 12) - Laura Pels Theatre


  • Twelve Angry Men (October) - AA Theatre


  • The Foreigner (Fall 2004) - Laura Pels Theatre


  • Pacific Overtures (starts Nov. 12 - Studio 54


  • Fool for Love (Winter 2005) - AA Theatre


  • For Reele (Winter 2005) - Laura Pels Theatre


  • A Streetcar Named Desire (starts March 2005) - Studio 54 Not listed among the announced productions is the previously announced Wallace Shawn adaptation of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's classic musical The Threepenny Opera. The Roundabout commission for Shawn (Aunt Dan and Lemon) to translate and adapt the original German book and lyrics was slated to be directed by Scott Elliott (The Women).

    For more information on shows and subscriptions, call Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or visit .


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