Roundabout to launch season with ‘Answer’

Legiter to bow in early fall

A deal has been reached at the Roundabout Theater Co. to produce Brian Friel’s “Give Me Your Answer, Do!” as its first play of the new Off Broadway season at the Gramercy Theater.

The legiter, produced last season in London’s Hampstead Theater, will bow in early fall as the first offering of the still-evolving not-for-profit’s 2000 slate.

The Roundabout must vacate its current Broadway and Off Broadway homes at the Criterion Center in Times Square, and is searching for a permanent Off Broadway home, but will do most of its 2000 season at the 23rd Street Gramercy.

“Give Me Your Answer, Do!” is a drama centering on a financially troubled Brit novelist (with a catatonic daughter) who’s all the while wrangling over his space in posterity and vacillating as to whether to sell his archive to a Texas library.

Brit helmer walked

Brit director Robin LeFevre was initially tapped to helm “Answer,” but negotiations broke down two weeks ago when his choice for scenic director could not be hired for the Gotham production and LeFevre walked.

Now, a deal to helm “Answer” has been struck with Kyle Donnelly, the former artistic associate director of Washington, D.C.-based Arena Stage.

An offer to design “Answer’s” scenery has also been extended to Tom Lynch, who did sets for the Roundabout’s recent production of Beth Henley’s “Impossible Marriage.”

Casting is under way for the legiter, a Roundabout source said.