Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan, Judith Light join Keira Knightley in THERESE RAQUIN
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Academy & Golden Globe Award nominee
Will Be Joined By
Tony® Award winner
GABRIEL EBERT MATT RYAN
And Two-time Tony® Award winner
In A New Adaptation Commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company
by HELEN EDMUNDSON
Based upon the novel by Émile Zola
Directed by EVAN CABNET
Previews begin October 1, 2015
Official opening October 29, 2015
Limited engagement on Broadway at Studio 54
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to announce Keira Knightley (Thérèse) will be joined by Gabriel Ebert (Camille), Matt Ryan (Laurent) and Judith Light (Madame Raquin) in a striking new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet.
Thérèse Raquin will begin preview performances on Thursday, October 1, 2015, and open officially on Thursday, October 29, 2015 on Broadway at Studio 54.
Helen Edmundson’s new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin was commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company.
A quiet young woman with a restless spirit, Thérèse (Knightley) submits to a loveless life at the side of her weak and selfish husband played by Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda), and her controlling mother-in-law, played by two-time Tony Award winner Judith Light (The Assembled Parties)…until she meets his childhood friend Laurent played by Matt Ryan (“Constantine”). When their overwhelming passion spins violently out of control, they realize that love can be a dangerous game, and sometimes there is no winner. Based on the novel by Émile Zola, Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson is a tale of love, lust, betrayal and guilt that will leave you breathless.
Keira Knightley is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Olivier nominee. Knightley made her West End theatrical debut in Martin Crimp’s translation of Molière’s comedy The Misanthrope, staged by Thea Sharrock at the Comedy Theatre in London (Olivier Award nomination & Evening Standard Award nomination for The Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress). Knightley will next be seen in cinemas in The Emperor’s Children opposite Rachel McAdams, Emma Thompson and Richard Gere. Gabriel Ebert made his Broadway debut in Roundabout’s production of Brief Encounter. In 2013, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. Matt Ryan returns to Broadway in Therese Raquin after being a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2004 and starring in the title role of NBC’s “Constantine.” Judith Light is a two-time Tony and Drama Desk award winner for her roles in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties. Currently starring in Golden-Globe winning television series, “Transparent,” she is also a two-time Emmy Award winner for her work on ABC’s daytime soap opera, “One Life to Live.”
The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Keith Parham (lighting), and Josh Schmidt (sound).
Tickets for Thérèse Raquin are currently available to Roundabout subscribers and donors only. Whether you are looking for the best prices or VIP experiences, Roundabout has a package option for you. For more information, or to be notified when tickets go on-sale to the public, visit roundabouttheatre.org or call 212-719-1300. Tickets will be available to the public beginning on July 19, 2015.
Thérèse Raquin will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
Thérèse Raquin is made possible with major support from the Florence Gould Foundation.
Matt Ryan is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY (Thérèse) made her West End theatrical debut in Martin Crimp’s translation of Molière’s comedy The Misanthrope, staged by Thea Sharrock at the Comedy Theatre in London, in December 2009. She received an Olivier Award nomination as well as an Evening Standard Award nomination for the Natasha Richardson Award. In January 2011, Knightley returned to the Comedy Theatre and starred in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour, staged by Ian Rickson. Knightley can next be seen in Lynn Shelton’s Laggies opposite Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, which is set to release October 24, 2014. Recently, she was seen in Morten Tyldum’s Imitation Game starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. In this biographical drama, Knightley played Joan Clarke. This film follows Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) and his brilliant team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking center, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. The film premiered at the 2014 Telluride Film festival to positive reviews as well as snagging the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival and Hamptons International Film Festival. Knightley was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role. She recently wrapped production on Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Robin Wright. Universal is set to release the film September 18, 2015. Knightley was also recently seen in John Carney’s Begin Again opposite Mark Ruffalo. The music-centered story follows Gretta (Knightley) who moves with her longtime boyfriend to New York but is heartbroken when her boyfriend dumps her for fame and fortune. Her world takes a turn for the better when a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing in a local bar and is immediately captivated together becoming each other's last chance to turn their lives around. The film premiered and was sold at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and was released by the Weinstein Company on July 4, 2014. Previously, Knightley starred in Joe Wright’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Pride & Prejudice. She earned Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet. Two years later, she was a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee for her performance as Cecilia Tallis in Atonement. Additionally, she starred in Wright’s Anna Karenina, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy and adapted by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard. Knightley’s breakout movie role was in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It Like Beckham, for which she won the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards’ British Newcomer of the Year prize. Audiences worldwide took notice of Knightley as the heroine Elizabeth Swann in Gore Verbinski’s, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring opposite Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. The film grossed more than $654 million worldwide. Knightley reprised her role in the franchises 2006 and 2007 sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. She later reteamed with the film’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur; and was part of the ensemble cast of Richard Curtis’ Love Actually. Her subsequent movies have included John Maybury’s The Jacket and The Edge of Love; Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit; François Girard’s Silk; Saul Dibb’s The Duchess, for which she earned a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actress; Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, for which she was again a BIFA Award nominee; Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night; William Monahan’s London Boulevard; David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method; and Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, in which she starred opposite Steve Carell. She landed her first feature film role at the age of 10, in Patrick Dewolf’s Innocent Lies. Knightley then starred in Nick Hamm’s The Hole, with Thora Birch, and Gillies MacKinnon’s Pure; and appeared alongside Natalie Portman in George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
GABRIEL EBERT (Camille). Roundabout: Brief Encounter. Broadway: Casa Valentina (MTC), Matilda the Musical (2013 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), Red. Off Broadway/Regional: Preludes (LCT3), 4,000 Miles (2011 OBIE award), Suicide, Prometheus (ART). Upcoming film: Ricki and the Flash, The Family Fang, Jane Wants a Boyfriend, Seagull (Anton Chekov) directed by the incomparable Brian Mertes up at the glorious Lake Lucille.
MATT RYAN (Laurent). Theatre work includes: Henry V with Jude Law, directed by Michael Grandage for MGC in the West End; Horatio opposite Jude Law in Hamlet, directed by Michael Grandage for the Donmar in the West End and on Broadway; the lead role of Gerard in Small Change, directed by Peter Gill for the Donmar Warehouse and two years of leading roles at the RSC for The Gunpowder Season (Speaking Like Magpies, Believe What You Will, A New Way To Please You and Sejanus) and The Spanish Golden Age (Dog In A Manger, Pedro The Great Pretender and Tamar’s Revenge). Television credits include: the title role in “Constantine” for Warner Brothers TV for NBC; “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour” with Forest Whitaker for CBS Television; “Wild Decembers” directed by Anthony Byrne for Touchpaper Television for the BBC; “Collision,” directed by Marc Evans and produced by Greenlit Productions for ITV; “Consenting Adults,” directed by Richard Curson-Smith and produced by Lion TV for BBC4, and “The Tudors” for Showtime. Film credits include the forthcoming independent features Heart Of Lightness, directed by Jan Vardoen for Beacon Isle Productions, and 500 Miles North, directed by Luke Massey for Read Books Productions. Previous film credits include: Flypaper directed by Rob Minkoff for Foresight Unlimited; Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, directed by Bharat Nalluri for Fox Focus and Layer Cake, directed by Matthew Vaughan for SKA Films.
JUDITH LIGHT (Madame Raquin) is well known for her extensive body of work on stage, in film and television. She is currently starring in Amazon Prime's Golden Globe winning series, "Transparent," created by Jill Soloway. She is also recognized for her impressive body of stage work; receiving a Tony nomination for the play Lombardi, followed by two consecutive Tony and Drama Desk wins for the plays, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg. Judith starred in the television series, "Who's the Boss," and received two consecutive Emmy awards for her work on "One Life to Live.” Some of her more recent television work includes; "Law and Order, SVU" and "Dallas.” She starred in and produced, through her production company, the film, Save Me, which premiered at Sundance. Judith performed in Europe, in several repertory companies across the country, and at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Foundation. For her performance of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Wit, she was awarded the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards. She has been a longtime advocate in relation to many causes, especially the fight to end HIV/ Aids and has been a champion for LGBTQ and human rights. Judith is an active participant in a variety of organizations including Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids, and the Point Foundation, as well as numerous others.
HELEN EDMUNDSON (Playwright). Helen’s adaptation of Émile Zola’s Thérèse Raquin was first produced by Bath Theatre Royal in summer 2014 and subsequently toured. Her plays include The Clearing, first staged at The Bush Theatre; Mother Teresa is Dead at The Royal Court; Mary Shelley, first staged by Shared Experience at The Tricycle and on tour; and The Heresy of Love at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Other work includes: Coram Boy at The National Theatre and on Broadway; Zorro at The Garrick Theatre and on tour; and a new version of Calderon’s Life is a Dream at The Donmar Warehouse. Her musical adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, written with composer Neil Hannen, was first staged at Bristol Old Vic in 2010, before moving to The Vaudeville Theatre in 2011 and beginning a national tour. It will be revived at Bristol Old Vic for Christmas 2014. She has written a number of adaptations for Shared Experience Theatre: Anna Karenina and Mill on the Floss, which toured nationally and internationally; Gone to Earth; Orestes; and War and Peace, first staged at The National Theatre. Helen has recently completed a screenplay for SeeSaw films and her episodes of the Hat Trick television drama “The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher” were seen on ITV this autumn. She is currently at work on a new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and on a screen version of An Inspector Calls for BBC television. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a John Whiting Award for The Clearing, a TMA Award for Anna Karenina and Time Out Awards for Mill on the Floss and Coram Boy. She is an Associate Artist at the Royal Shakespeare Company and at Bristol Old Vic. Her radio credits include: Sense and Sensibility, Anna of the Five Towns, The Mayor of Casterbridge and The Voyage Out, all for BBC Radio 4.
ÉMILE ZOLA (Author) (1840 – 1902) was a French writer, the most well-known practitioner of literary naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902. Before his breakthrough as a writer, Zola worked as a clerk in a shipping firm and then in the sales department for the publisher, Hachette. He also wrote literary and art reviews for newspapers. During his early years, Émile Zola wrote several short stories and essays, four plays and three novels. Among his early books was Contes à Ninon, published in 1864. With the publication of his sordid autobiographical novel La Confession de Claude (1865) attracting police attention, Hachette fired him. His novel Les Mystères de Marseille appeared as a serial in 1867. After his first major novel, Thérèse Raquin (1867), Zola started the series Les Rougon-Macquart, about a family under the Second Empire; more than half of Zola's novels were part of this set of 20. From 1877 with the publication of l'Assommoir, Émile Zola became wealthy. He became a figurehead among the literary bourgeoisie and organized cultural dinners with Guy de Maupassant, Joris-Karl Huysmans and other writers at his luxurious villa in Medan, near Paris. Germinal (1885), Lourdes (1894), Rome (1896) and Paris (1897), established Zola as a successful author. The self-proclaimed leader of French naturalism, Zola's works inspired operas such as those of Gustave Charpentier, notably Louise in the 1890s.
EVAN CABNET (Director) is an Associate Artist with the Roundabout Theatre Company. Recent credits include Donald Margulies’ The Model Apartment and Theresa Rebeck’s Poor Behavior for Primary Stages, A Kid Like Jake (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3), Christopher Shinn’s Teddy Ferrara (Goodman Theatre, Chicago), David West Read’s The Performers (Broadway, Longacre Theater) and The Dream of the Burning Boy (Roundabout Underground), All-American (LCT3), Warrior Class (Second Stage Uptown), Outside People (Vineyard/Naked Angels), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater Company), Elizabeth Meriwether's Oliver Parker! (stageFARM) and The Mistakes Madeline Made (Naked Angels), and his own adaptations of Ubu Roi and Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Williamstown Theatre Festival). He is a Performance Consultant for the Metropolitan Opera (Die Fledermaus). Upcoming: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria (Vineyard).
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Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes: Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly in Old Times by Harold Pinter, directed by Douglas Hodge; Andrea Martin in Noises Off by Michael Frayn, directed by Jeremy Herrin; The Humans by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello; Keira Knightley in a new adaptation of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmundson, based upon the novel by Émile Zola, directed by Evan Cabnet; Laura Benanti and Josh Radnor in She Loves Me by Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, directed by Scott Ellis; Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne and John Gallagher Jr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Jonathan Kent. The 2015-2016 Roundabout Underground production is Ugly Lies the Bone, a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Patricia McGregor.
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