Suicide, Incorporated Will Get NYC Premiere in Roundabout Underground; Jason Moore Directs
By Kenneth Jones
Roundabout Theatre Company's fall title in its Roundabout Underground program that nurtures new work and emerging writers will be Suicide, Incorporated, a play by Andrew Hinderaker, directed by Jason Moore. The play, embraced in Chicago, will make its New York City debut.
Suicide, Incorporated — a "provocative and darkly funny new play [that] takes us to an unorthodox writing service that specializes in crafting the perfect suicide note" — will begin preview performances Oct. 14 at Roundabout's 62-seat Black Box Theatre. Opening night is Nov. 6. This is a limited engagement through Dec. 23.
The cast and creative team will be announced shortly. All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $20.
Here's how Roundabout bills the new 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 is suspected of the unthinkable. Could he actually be helping his client find happiness? Suicide, Incorporated is about the business of rewriting your ending."
Director Moore (Avenue Q) returns to Roundabout Theatre Company having directed Speech & Debate (2007), the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground.
The Black Box Theatre is at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W. 46th Street in Manhattan). Roundabout Underground "is an initiative to showcase new plays that will either allow an experienced director to go back to his/her creative roots or give a debut production to an emerging writer or director." Robyn Goodman (artistic consultant to the Roundabout) produces the initiative, a "breeding ground for nurturing new talent."
Suicide, Incorporated was developed at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and premiered at Chicago's Gift Theatre in June 2010 to critical acclaim. The production enjoyed a twice-extended sold-out run and was nominated for multiple Jeff Awards, including Best New Work. Hinderaker's follow-up, Kingsville, premiered at Chicago's Stage Left Theatre in October 2010. It was featured in American Theater Magazine, and was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Hinderaker's plays have been developed and produced at such theatre companies as the Araca Group, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, American Theater Company, the side project, and Chicago Dramatists, where he is a Resident Playwright. Additional recognitions for Hinderaker's work include a nomination for the 2010 Otis Guernsey New Voices in American Playwriting Award, and Finalist/Semi-Finalist status for the Princess Grace Award, the Heideman Award, and the Austin Film Festival. He holds two degrees from Stanford University, and is currently pursuing his M.F.A in Playwriting at the University of Texas at Austin. Visit www.andrewsplays.com.
All tickets will be issued as General Admission passes for first-come, first-served seating on the show date.
Suicide, Incorporated will play Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7 PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 PM.
For tickets, available this summer, call Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or visit www.roundaboutunderground.org or at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 W. 46th Street).
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