Roundabout Announces Two Shows, Including Stephen Karam Adaptation of Cherry Orchard for Broadway

News   Roundabout Announces Two Shows, Including Stephen Karam Adaptation of Cherry Orchard for Broadway Roundabout Theatre Company has announced productions from two acclaimed playwrights that will be part of its 2016-17 season: On Broadway will be a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard by Stephen Karam; Off-Broadway will see a staging of Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett, directed by Michael Mayer.

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Following his recent success with The Humans, Pulitzer Prize finalist Karam returns to Roundabout with a new adaptation of the Chekhov classic. The Cherry Orchard will be directed by Simon Godwin, who makes his Broadway debut following two acclaimed productions at the National Theatre.

Previews are scheduled to begin Sept. 8, 2016, with an official opening night set for Oct. 6. The limited engagement will run through Nov. 27 at the American Airlines Theatre.

Here's how Roundabout describes Karam's adaptation: "Set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century, The Cherry Orchard chronicles a noblewoman's return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape troubling memories of her son's death. Lyubov Ranevskaya arrives home to find the cherry orchard in full bloom, but the finances of the estate on the verge of ruin. Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition."

Also arriving in September 2016 will be the London-set Love, Love, Love. Playwright Bartlett is currently making his Broadway debut with King Charles III; for his newest production, he will team up with acclaimed stage and film director Mayer. Performances are scheduled to begin Sept. 22 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The limited Off-Broadway engagement is scheduled to run through Jan. 1, 2017.

"It’s the late 1960s in a north London flat, and Henry is excitedly anticipating the arrival of his date, Sandra," begin Roundabout press notes for the play. "The night changes course when Sandra and Henry’s brother Kenneth quickly realize how much they have in common—their love of Rock and Roll and their love of marijuana, for starters. A fiery relationship is sparked in the haze of the 60's, and charred by today’s brutal realities. Fast forward twenty-three years, and the economy and politics of an ever-changing world are wearing on the marriage of this baby boomer couple. Can they remain faithful to each other while trying to provide a loving and supportive home for their children—children who are growing up in a time when the next generation is not always provided for? Spanning more than four decades, this dark comedy is the story of what happens when the free-loving teens of the 60's face the harsh realities of today’s world. From passion to paranoia, Love, Love, Love takes on the baby boomer generation as it retires, and finds it full of trouble." The productions will culminate Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season. Cast and creative teams will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for both productions will be made available to subscribers first at a date yet to be determined. Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org or call (212) 719-1300 for more information.

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