By Kenneth Jones
31 Jan 2013
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Bad Jews, to begin Sept. 20, will feature its original cast — Tracee Chimo, Philip Ettinger, Molly Ranson and Michael Zegen — again under the direction of Daniel Aukin. The new limited run is part of Roundabout's 2013-14 subscription season.
Both the Black Box and the 420-seat Laura Pels are within the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on West 46th Street.
Bad Jews was first performed at the inaugural Roundabout Underground Reading Series in February 2012 before being green-lighted for a full production in the Black Box Underground, where it opened Oct. 30 and played to Dec. 30. It was the seventh Roundabout Underground production.
Roundabout Underground playwrights are commissioned to write a second play for Roundabout following their Black Box production. Harmon will be commissioned to write a second play.
The debut of this commissioning program was Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet, which won the 2012 New York Drama Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Next, Steven Levenson's The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin will premiere in summer 2013 (starting in June) at the Laura Pels Theatre. (Levenson's The Language of Trees was produced by Roundabout Underground in the Black Box in 2008).
On Jan. 31, RTC also announced that it will hold its second annual Roundabout Underground Reading series Feb. 25-March 1. Five up-and-coming playwrights and directors will have their plays read in the Black Box Theatre.
The plays in this year's series are Jonathan Caren's The Recommendation, directed by Laura Savia; Rachel Bonds' Swimmers, directed by Portia Krieger; Mat Smart's Tinker to Evers to Chance, directed by Jeremy B. Cohen; Christian Durso's Shiner, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar; and Kate Gersten's Benefit of the Doubt, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch.
There will be one reading each night at 7 PM Feb. 25-March 1 in the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W. 46th St.). A limited number of tickets to the reading series will be available to general public.
For more information, visit roundabouttheatre.org.