Nonprofit will develop new play by writer
Looks like playwright-of-the-moment Stephen Karam’s next play will show up at the Roundabout Theater Company too: The Gotham nonprofit has given a second commission to the scribe for a new work.Move is spurred in part by the success of the org’s current production of Karam’s “Sons of the Prophet,” which opened recently to critical raves. Roundabout helped launch the writer’s career with its 2007 production of comedy “Speech and Debate,” which was subsequently much produced around the country. “Prophet” was a Roundabout commission that had an initial run at Boston’s Huntington Theater Company earlier this year prior to its Gotham stint. Spurred by the strong notices, “Prophet” has been extended about a week to Jan. 1. Latest commission is part of Roundabout’s ongoing New Play Initiative, which has so far commissioned new works from some 15 writers. Karam said he may use the opportunity to pen one of what may become a trio of plays involving the Douaihys, the family around which “Prophet” revolves. Karam’s opera “Dark Sisters,” with music by Nico Muhly, is set to world preem Nov. 9-19 at John Jay College’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater in Gotham.