After the Roundabout Theatre Company is evicted from the Criterion Center this March, the Gramercy Theatre, on E. 23rd Street, will be the Roundabout Theatre Company's primary home for the remainder of 1999.
Right now, the Roundabout has two shows slated for the space. Richard Greenberg's latest, Hurrah at Last, previously announced for the Laura Pels Theatre at the Criterion, will be mounted at the Gramercy this summer. David Warren will direct. Peter Frechette will star, with further casting to be announced soon.
In the fall, Roundabout will produce the American premiere of Brian's Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do!. The play is set in Donegal, Ireland where novelist Tom Connolly and his wife Daisy nervously await the decision of their American house guest as to whether he will purchase Tom's papers for a U.S. college library -- a deal which would offer some compensation for Tom's recent literary paralysis. Robin LeFevre will direct, with actors to be announced. The Roundabout has previously produced Friel's Molly Sweeney.
In February, Haimes told PBOL that there was a possibility of a second fall production at another New York theatre, but nothing definite was for the space. The company will then be in the midst of renovations for their new home base at 42nd Street's Selwyn Theatre. There, said Haimes, the company plans a three-show season for the year 2000. He did not think the company would remain at the Gramercy past its two year lease. "It's a commercial space," he said. "I don't think that's what the theatre's owners want."
The company has continued staged readings and workshops of possible new productions, including a January workshop of a revised version of the 1983 Maltby-Shire musical, Baby and a scheduled reading of the new Larry Grossman (Paper Moon) and the late James Goldman (Lion in Winter) musical, The Celebrated, Scandalous, Heroic, Misadventures of Tom Jones. The eclectic golden boy Michael Mayer (Lion in Winter, Side Man, Triumph of Love) will direct the reading. -- By Sean McGrath