The Roundabout Theater Company has lined up two plays for its 2016-17 season from a couple of playwrights currently attracting buzz for work running in New York this season — Stephen Karam and Mike Bartlett (pictured above).
Karam’s current play at the Roundabout’s Off Broadway space, “The Humans,” has won critical raves and is tipped for Broadway in the spring. For the Roundabout’s 2016-17 season, he’ll pen a new adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” to be directed on Broadway by Simon Godwin, the artistic associate at London’s Royal Court.
Karam comes to “Cherry Orchard” fresh off his work on an upcoming film adaptation of another Chekhov play, “The Seagull,” with a cast that includes Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Brian Dennehy and Elisabeth Moss. The director of the film, Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), is also up at bat at the Roundabout, signing on to stage the Bartlett play, “Love, Love, Love.”
Bartlett’s Shakespearean future-history play “King Charles III” recently opened on Broadway to favorable reviews. The 2012 dark comedy “Love, Love, Love” follows a British couple over the course of four decades.
No casting has yet been set for either Roundabout production. “Cherry Orchard” begins previews Sept. 8, 2016 ahead of an Oct. 6, 2016 opening at the American Airlines Theater, while “Love, Love, Love” starts previews Sept. 22 at the Roundabout’s Off Broadway space, the Pels Theater. The exact opening date remains to be set.