Play to open in May at Roundabout

Roundabout Theater Company has booked Moises Kaufman to helm an Off Broadway staging of “The Common Pursuit,” the 1984 play by the late Simon Gray.

Play, which follows 20 years in the lives of six friends who launch a literary magazine in the U.K., initially played Gotham in a 1987 production that ran for more than 10 months. Work was more recently seen in London in a 2008 incarnation at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Kaufman (“The Laramie Project”) helmed the Broadway bow of “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” last season, as well as Rialto outings of “33 Variations” and “I Am My Own Wife.” Gray’s “Butley” was revived on the Main Stem in 2006.

“Pursuit” will finish off the Off Broadway season at the Roundabout, where the current production of “Sons of the Prophet” will make way early this spring for a revival of “Look Back in Anger.” Roundabout’s latest Broadway show, a revival of Athol Fugard’s “The Road to Mecca,” recently kicked off perfs.

“Common Pursuit” begins previews May 4 ahead of a May 24 opening at the Laura Pels Theater.

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