Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the lineup for its seventh annual Roundabout Underground Reading Series, a five-night event that features readings of new works written and directed by emerging artists. Roundabout Underground is an initiative dedicated to introducing and cultivating emerging playwrights and directors in New York City.
The 2018 series will feature readings of new plays by Selina Fillinger, Harrison David Rivers, Korde Arrington Tuttle, and Calamity West, as well as a new musical by Daniel Zaitchik.
Tuttle’s play graveyard shift will be directed by Whitney White and presented January 22, 2018; Fillinger’s Something Clean will be directed by Margot Bordelon (who returns to Roundabout following her direction of Jireh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket) January 23; Rivers’ play This Bitter Earth will be directed by David Mendizábal January 24; and West’s Engines and Instruments of Flight: A Fantasia will be directed by Kent Nicholson January 26. Zaitchik’s musical Darling Grenadine will be presented January 25 with a director to be announced. All readings will be at 7 PM.
Roundabout Underground showcases new plays in Roundabout’s 62-seat Black Box Theatre. The initiative is dedicated to introducing and cultivating emerging writers by giving them their first Off-Broadway production or a reading of a new work.
The program kicked off its 11th season this fall with Holder’s play about the Civil Rights Movement, Too Heavy for Your Pocket. Other Underground alumni include Stephen Karam (The Humans on Broadway), Joshua Harmon (Significant Other on Broadway), Meghan Kennedy (Napoli, Brooklyn), and Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone).