“Hassle in Thoughts” by Alice Childress, at Playmakers Repertory Firm in Chapel Hill, N.C., by way of Feb. 8. Pictured: Kathryn Hunter-Williams. (Picture by Jon Gardiner)
NEW YORK CITY: Roundabout Theatre Firm has introduced that its present season will resume in the spring of 2021, and has added the Broadway debut of Alice Childress’s backstage comedy Hassle in Thoughts, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, to its roster of upcoming exhibits.
“With the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic and with concern for our artists, staff, and audiences, we have determined that we will not be able to reopen our theaters this fall,” stated Roundabout creative director/CEO Todd Haimes in an announcement. “While this decision brings tremendous financial challenges—and is genuinely heartbreaking—our artistic team is continuing to build and evolve our work for the future. I’m pleased to add Alice Childress to the lineup of great writers that Roundabout celebrates and to give this play its overdue Broadway premiere, directed by our board member and friend Charles Randolph-Wright.”
Childress, a founding member of the American Negro Theatre, was the primary Black lady to be produced professionally in New York (with Gold By means of the Bushes in 1952), and although Hassle in Thoughts had a profitable Off-Broadway run in 1955 and has appeared with some frequency at regional theatres, it was introduced for a Broadway switch in 1957 that by no means materialized. Randolph-Wright is a celebrated director and author whose play Blue ran at Roundabout in 2001 (and was just lately slated to be revived on the Apollo Theatre earlier than the coronavirus lockdown intervened).
Roundabout’s beforehand scheduled spring 2020 productions sidelined by COVID-19 will return in spring 2021, alongside 1776, which is slated to go ahead as deliberate on the American Airways Theatre, directed by Diane Paulus. The theare’s spring slate will embrace Caroline, or Change by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner, starring Sharon D Clarke, on Broadway at Studio 54, directed by Michael Longhurst; …what the top shall be, by Jiréh Breon Holder, on the Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre within the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Heart for Theatre, directed by Margot Bordelon; and Exception to the Rule, by Dave Harris, additionally on the Steinberg Heart, directed by Miranda Haymon.
Then, within the fall of 2021, Birthday Candles, by Noah Haidle, starring Debra Messing, which had been slated for this coming fall, will open on Broadway on the American Airways Theatre, directed by Vivienne Benesch. All extra particulars together with dates and casting for these productions shall be introduced in Fall 2020.
Based in 1965, Roundabout Theatre Firm strives to highlight classics from the previous, domesticate new works of the current, and educate minds for the long run.