THE SCREENING ROOM: Roundabout Cast and Creatives Preview RTC's 2011-12 Season (Video)

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Roundabout Theatre Company's 2011-12 season includes Man and Boy and Sons of Prophet, which hit Broadway in September; Off-Broadway's Suicide, Incoporated, which began Oct. 14; The Road to Mecca, beginning on Broadway in December; and Look Back in Anger, which will hit Off-Broadway in 2012.

Man and Boy, set during the Depression, stars Tony winner Frank Langella as ruthless financier Gregor Antonescu, whose business "is dangerously close to crumbling," according to Roundabout. "In order to escape the wolves at his door, Gregor tracks down his estranged son Basil [Adam Driver] in the hopes of using his Greenwich Village apartment as a base to make a company-saving deal. Can this reunion help them reconcile? Or will this corrupt father use his only son as a pawn in one last power play? Man and Boy is a gripping story about family, success and what we're willing to sacrifice for both."

Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet is directed by Peter DuBois. "If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy (Santino Fontana) is more alive than most," according to press notes. "With unexplained chronic pain and the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders, Joseph’s health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line. In an age when modern medicine has a cure for just about everything, Sons of the Prophet is a refreshingly honest take on how we cope with wounds that just won't heal, and the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see."

Suicide, Incorporated is a dark comedy by Andrew Hinderaker. Here's how Roundabout bills the play: "The right words can be hard to find, especially when they're your last. Andrew Hinderaker's provocative and darkly funny new play takes us to an unorthodox writing service that specializes in crafting the perfect suicide note, where a subversive new employee [played by Gabriel Ebert] is suspected of the unthinkable. Could he actually be trying to keep his client alive?" The play is "about the business of rewriting your ending."

Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca is a three-actor play about an expressive, inspirational South African woman. Here's how the show is billed: "Set in the region of South Africa known as the Karoo, The Road to Mecca tells the story of an elderly woman who has spent the years since her husband's death transforming her home into an intricate and dazzling work of art. The reclusive Miss Helen (Rosemary Harris) has become depressed and appears increasingly unable to care for herself. Pastor Marius Byleveld, who embodies the village's conservative values, is determined to get Miss Helen into an old-age home. Her friend Elsa (Carla Gugino), a young teacher from Cape Town who is deeply suspicious of the patriarchal traditions Byleveld represents, is just as determined that Miss Helen remain free."

John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger will be directed by Roundabout associate artist Sam Gold. The "shocking and vibrant" 1956 drama "about four people struggling to live together and love each other in 1950s England" had an earlier Roundabout staging in 1980. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

To watch the interviews with the Roundabout cast members and creatives, look below:

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