Jonathan Berry Will Direct Suicide, Incorporated for Roundabout; Jason Moore Withdraws

By Kenneth Jones
July 8, 2011

A film obligation has prompted Jason Moore to withdraw as director of Andrew Hinderaker's dark comedy Suicide, Incorporated in the Roundabout Underground series Off-Broadway this fall.



Chicago's Jonathan Berry, who directed the play's world premiere in Chicago, is stepping in to stage the play in Manhattan.

Moore (Shrek, Avenue Q) is working on the new musical comedy film "Pitch Perfect." Meanwhile, Suicide, Incorporated has a new opening night of Nov. 2 in Roundabout Theatre Company's 62-seat Black Box, where Underground nurtures new plays by emerging writers in a general-admission $20-ticket scenario, in fully produced stagings.

Berry directed the world premiere of Andrew Hinderaker's Suicide, Incorporated at the Gift Theatre in Chicago, as well as a staged reading for Steppenwolf's First Look Festival of New Work.

Suicide, Incorporated will begin preview performances on Oct. 14 for a run to Dec. 23.

The cast and creative team will be announced shortly.

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 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."

Suicide, Incorporated was developed at Steppenwolf's First Look Festival of New Work and at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. It premiered at Chicago's Gift Theatre in June 2010 to critical acclaim, where it 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. Hinderaker's new play, I Am Going To Change The World, will receive its world premiere in spring 2012 at Chicago Dramatists, where he is a resident playwright. His plays have been developed and produced at such theatre companies as the Araca Group, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, the side project, and American Theater Company. 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.

Roundabout's 62-seat Black Box Theatre is at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street, NYC, NY, 10036).

Tickets will be available to the general public on Aug. 22 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundaboutunderground.org or at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46 Street).