Alice Childress

Roundabout Theatre Company Postpones Season to Spring 2021

Today, Roundabout Theatre Company has announced their current theatrical season will resume in Spring 2021 and has added the Broadway debut of Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind, directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, to its roster of upcoming shows.

Childress was a Founding Member of the American Negro Theatre and the first African-American woman to be produced professionally in New York (Gold Through The Trees in 1952); Randolph-Wright is a celebrated director and writer whose play Blue had an acclaimed run at Roundabout in 2001. Trouble in Mind will premiere on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in Winter 2021/22.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s artistic director/CEO Todd Haimes said, “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. 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.”

Following an experienced Black stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway production, Childress’s wry and moving look at racism, identity, and ego in the world of New York theatre opened to acclaim off-Broadway in 1955. At the forefront of both the Civil Rights and feminist movements, the prescient Trouble in Mind was announced to move to Broadway in 1957…in a production that never came to be.

Previously scheduled Broadway productions, postponed due to COVID-19, will also return in 2021.

Caroline, Or Change, by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner, starring Sharon D Clarke will open on Broadway in Spring 2021 at Studio 54, directed by Michael Longhurst. …what the end will be, by Jiréh Breon Holder, will open at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, directed by Margot Bordelon. Exception to the Rule, by Dave Harris, will also open at the Steinberg Center, directed by Miranda Haymon.

Birthday Candles, by Noah Haidle, starring Debra Messing, will open on Broadway in Fall 2021 at the American Airlines Theatre, directed by Vivienne Benesch.

Previously announced, 1776 will open as planned in Spring 2021 at the American Airlines Theatre, directed by Diane Paulus.

All additional details including dates and casting for these productions will be announced in Fall 2020.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages: Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Off-Broadway’s Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre.