ROUNDABOUT UNDERGROUND ANNOUNCES COMPLETE LINE-UP FOR 2018-2019 SEASON
CASTING FOR USUAL GIRLS and
SECOND WORLD-PREMIERE PLAY, SOMETHING CLEAN
USUAL GIRLS by Ming Peiffer, directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Featuring Abby Corrigan, Ali Rose Dachis, Midori Francis, Karl Kenzler, Jennifer Lim, Sarah Pidgeon, Ryann Redmond, Nicole Rodenburg, Raviv Ullman
World Premiere begins October 2018
SOMETHING CLEAN by Selina Fillinger, directed by Margot Bordelon
World Premiere begins May 2019
2018/19 Roundabout Underground Season
Off-Broadway at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
All tickets $25 for the critically-acclaimed Roundabout Underground
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce updates to the Roundabout Underground 2018-2019 season: casting for the world premiere of Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer, directed by Tyne Rafaeli; and the second new play of the Underground season, Something Clean by Selina Fillinger, directed by Margot Bordelon.
Ming Peiffer, Playwright Tyne Rafaeli, Director
The world premiere of Usual Girls will feature Abby Corrigan as “Anna,” Ali Rose Dachis as “Marina / Older Girl #3,” Midori Francis as “Kyeoung,” Karl Kenzler as “Father,” Jennifer Lim as “Woman,” Sarah Pidgeon as “Sasha / Older Girl 2 / KKG Sister,” Ryann Redmond as “Older Girl / KKG Sister,” Nicole Rodenburg as “Lindsay,” and Raviv Ullman as “Rory.” Usual Girls was part of the 2017 Roundabout Underground Reading Series
Usual Girls begins preview performances Off-Broadway on Thursday, October 11, 2018 and opens officially on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, December 9, 2018.
How do girls grow up? Quickly, painfully, wondrously. On an elementary school playground, a boy threatens to tell on the girls for swearing – unless one of them kisses him. But just before lips can touch, Kyeoung tackles the boy to the ground. The victory is short-lived. Over the coming years, Kyeoung’s stories get stranger, funnier, more harrowing – and more familiar. This hilarious, explicit gut-punch of a play bursts with playwright Ming Peiffer’s bold, explosive voice.
The creative team for Usual Girls includes: Arnulfo Maldonado (Sets), Jen Schriever (Lighting), Ásta Hostetter (Costumes). Additional creative team will be announced soon.
Selina Fillinger, Playwright Margot Bordelon, Director
The second new play of Roundabout Underground’s 2018-2019 season, the world premiere of Something Clean, by Selina Fillinger, directed by Margot Bordelon was part of the 2018 Roundabout Underground Reading Series and will begin performances in May 2019.
Wash the dishes. Mop the floors. Change the sheets. Change the past. Charlotte is a wife and mother who’ll try anything to put her family back together. Playwright Selina Fillinger’s new drama slips into the jagged cracks of a sex crime’s aftermath—the guilt, the grief, and the ways we grapple with the unthinkable.
Something Clean was originally commissioned and developed through the Sideshow Theatre Company Freshness Initiative.
The cast and creative team for Something Clean will be announced at a later date.
Roundabout Underground exists to provide a new generation of playwrights with their debut New York productions, at Roundabout’s 62-seat Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. To encourage the widest possible audience, all seats are $25.
Now in its 12th season, Roundabout Underground is part of Roundabout’s New Play Initiative, discovering new writers and providing them long-term development and production support. In addition to the Black Box production, every Underground playwright gets a commission for a future play. Roundabout’s Jill Rafson serves as Artistic Producer.
Among the playwrights who made their New York debuts at Roundabout Underground are Stephen Karam (Speech & Debate, 2007), Steven Levenson (The Language of Trees, 2008), Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, 2009), Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, 2012), Meghan Kennedy (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, 2013), Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies the Bone, 2015) and Jiréh Breon Holder (Too Heavy for Your Pocket, 2017). Levenson and Karam went on to win Tony Awards, respectively, for Dear Evan Hansen and The Humans, Karam’s second Roundabout commission.
All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $25.
Tickets for Usual Girls are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ABBY CORRIGAN (Anna, Usual Girls) is thrilled to make her off Broadway debut with the Usual Girls family. Stage: Medium Alison, in Fun Home (Broadway National Tour, Helen Hayes Award), Apostle/Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE!, Emcee in Cabaret, Cassie in A Chorus Line (TCS); Fiona in Shrek (2014 Blumey Award), Daniela in In the Heights, Peter in Peter Pan, Maureen in Rent (NWSA); Natalie in Next to Normal (QCTC); Sally in The Day They Shot John Lennon (C.A.S.T.). Film/TV: Headed South for Christmas (Painted Horse); A Smile as Big as the Moon (Hallmark); The Ultimate Life (Reelworks); “Homeland” (HBO); “Rectify” (Sundance); “Banshee” (Cinemax).
ALI ROSE DACHIS (Marina / Older Girl #3, Usual Girls) is so pleased to be making her Roundabout debut! Most recently she was seen in Anna Zeigler’s world premiere of The Wanderers at The Old Globe. Ali has appeared on Broadway in Larry David’s Fish In The Dark. New York and off-Broadway credits include: The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre), Hamlet (The Factory), Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, As You Like It (Backroom Shakespeare), The Awesome 80s Prom, and Exit 27. Ali has appeared regionally in The Edge Of Our Bodies, Circle Mirror Transformation, Vanya &Sonia &Masha &Spike, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Great Gatsby, and others (the Guthrie theater), Leveling Up (Cincinnati Playhouse), Gaslight (Barrington Stage), Pride and Prejudice (Baltimore Center Stage), Romeo And Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare). Her film and Television credits include: Unicornland, Match Perfect, The Magnificent Eve, The Last Breath and Fatal Encounters. Ali received her B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota Guthrie Actor Training Program. Ali is a proud volunteer with Artist’s Striving To End Poverty.
MIDORI FRANCIS (Kyeoung, Usual Girls). At age 6, Midori Francis dreamed of playing “Annie" on Broadway. That didn’t happen but the seed was planted. Midori joined the local community theatre scene in New Jersey and when cast in a production of Titanic at 10 years old, she realized that acting was something more than an after-school activity. Since earning her BFA in Theatre from Rutgers, Francis has earned accolades for her roles in the award-winning play, The Wolves (LCT), directed by Lila Neuberger, which garnered her Obie and Drama Desk Awards for Best Ensemble, and Connected (59E59), for which she won NYIT Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. This fall Midori stars as “Kyeoung” in the Roundabout Underground world premiere production of Ming Peiffer’s Usual Girls, directed by Tyne Rafaeli. The new drama, which follows the story of Kyeoung—from a schoolyard tackle and beyond—is billed as a "hilarious, explicit gut-punch of a play.” Midori is currently shooting the Universal Pictures comedy, Good Boys, produced by Seth Rogen and directed by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, to be released in 2019. Earlier this year, Midori appeared in the epically female-centric, Ocean’s Eight. Midori’s TV resume includes episodes of “Gotham,” “Divorced,” and “Younger.” Her regional theatre work encompasses roles ranging from “Molly” in Peter and the Starcatcher (Virginia Stage Co.) to “Nina” in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Syracuse Stage). Midori lives in Brooklyn and runs daily.
KARL KENZLER (Father, Usual Girls). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, You Can't Take It with You, Mary Poppins, Twelve Angry Men, The Caretaker, Dinner at Eight, The Heiress. NY Theatre: Three Wise Guys and Beyond Therapy (TACT), Clinton: The Musical! (NYMF), Peter & The Starcatcher (NYTW), Hamlet and The Tempest (CSC), Spinning Into Butter (LCT), Back From The Front (Working Theater). Regional theater includes: Williamstown, Barrington Stage, Guthrie, Shakespeare Theater, Old Globe. TV includes: “Madam Secretary,” “Suits,” “Mister Robot,” "House of Cards" (recurring), "Law & Order: SVU" (recurring), "Person of Interest," "Made in Jersey," "The Good Wife," "Fringe," "Rescue Me," Law & Order" and “Darwin” (DarwinTheSeries.com). Training: UE (BFA), NYU (MFA). KarlKenzler.com
JENNIFER LIM (Woman, Usual Girls). BWAY: Chinglish (Theater World Award, IASNY Trophy for Excellence & Drama Desk Nom). NYC: Caught (PlayCo), Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb), The World Of Extreme Happiness (MTC), The Urban Retreat (Public), The Most Deserving (Women’s Project), Golden Child (Signature), Vengeance Can Wait (P.S.122), and YJLee’s Songs of The Dragons Flying to Heaven (HERE Arts & European Tour). TV/FILM: Jessica Jones, Instinct, High Maintenance, Hell on Wheels, Person of Interest, Elementary, Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Law & Order (original/SVU and Criminal Intent), The Savages, and 27 Dresses. Upcoming: Impossible Monsters. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Jenniferlimonline.com
SARAH PIDGEON (Sasha / Older Girl 2 / KKG Sister, Usual Girls) graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, class of 2018. Sarah will make her New York theatre debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Usual Girls, directed by Tyne Rafaeli.
RYANN REDMOND (Older Girl / KKG Sister, Usual Girls). Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, If/Then, Bring It On. TV: “Younger.” Film: “Double Exposure.” Off-Broadway: Gigantic, Marvelous Wonderettes. National Tour: Escape to Margaritaville, Bring It On. Regional: How to Succeed (TUTS), Hairspray (MUNY), Kiss Me Kate (Bay Street Theatre). Love to Mom, Dad, John, KMR, Kyle, Annette, Andrew, Craig and the Berlins. Proud faculty member of the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Thank you to Tyne, Ming, and the entire Roundabout team for bringing me along! NYU (CAP21). Twitter/Instagram: @ryannreds www.ryannredmond.com
NICOLE RODENBURG (Lindsay, Usual Girls). Off-Broadway: Annie Baker's The Antipodes (Signature Theatre) and The Flick (Barrow Street); The Winter’s Tale (TFANA). Multiple regional credits including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse); Venus in Fur (Alley Theatre); Cherie in Bus Stop (Huntington), and the world premieres of The Whale (Denver Center) and Slasher (Humana). TV/Film: “Inside Amy Schumer”, “The Shivering Truth” (Comedy Central); “Amish Witches” (Lifetime); What Children Do, Good News for Modern Man, Tic. Nicole is directing her first feature film Glob Lessons, which she also co-wrote, this winter in her home state of North Dakota. BFA: University of MN/Guthrie Theatre Actor Training Program.
RAVIV ULLMAN (Rory, Usual Girls) is honored to be making his Roundabout debut at his favorite underground theater. Theater: Sticks & Bones, Russian Transport (New Group) Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner (Atlantic Theater) Bad Guys (Second Stage) Dead End (Ahmanson) Bad Jews (Geffen), Choice (Huntington), Deathtrap (Bucks County). TV credits include “Broad City,” “Phil of The Future,” “Strangers,” “Rita Rocks,” “Law & Order SVU/CI,” “Criminal Minds,” “Cold Case,” “Big Love,” “House.” His directorial documentary film debut Standing Ground is currently in post production.
MING PEIFFER (Playwright, Usual Girls) is a playwright and screenwriter from Columbus, Ohio and a member of the Obie-award winning playwriting group Youngblood. Her play Usual Girls will be produced at the Roundabout Underground and her work has been developed and/or presented by New York Theatre Workshop, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, The Wild Project, New Ohio, Soho Playhouse, The Gene Frankel Theater, C.O.W., Theater for the New City, FringeNYC, Horsetrade Theater, Yangtze Repertory, among others. Awards/fellowships include: NYTW 2050 Fellowship, The Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award Recipient (i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it), The Relentless Award Honorable Mention (Usual Girls), The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center NPC Finalist (Usual Girls), Playwright's Realm Fellowship Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist (i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it), Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award Finalist. Ming was a Guest Artist at The Lincoln Center Director's Lab and a 2012-2013 Member of NPTC's Women's Work Project. She has training from both the Stella Adler School of Acting and the Shanghai Theatre Academy where she lived abroad studying Traditional Peking Opera. She studied poetry at The New School and holds a BA with Honors in both Theater Arts and Mandarin Chinese from Colgate University. MFA: Columbia University ('16). In TV/Film, Ming is a staff writer on the Hulu Series "Locke & Key," and is currently developing her own series with Color Force and F/X. Additionally, she is adapting Weike Wang's Chemistry into a film for Amazon.
TYNE RAFAELI (Director, Usual Girls) is a New York based director of new plays, classics and musicals. Upcoming projects include I Was Most Alive with You by Craig Lucas at Playwrights Horizons. Recent productions include the world premiere of Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias with Playwright’s Realm, the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Actually at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (Ovation nominated), and the New York premiere of In a Word by Lauren Yee. Her work has also been seen at: Classic Stage Company, The Geffen Playhouse, Playwright's Realm, Cal Shakes, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Atlantic Theatre, Two River, PlayMakers Rep, New York Stage & Film, Goodspeed, Juilliard, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great Lakes Shakespeare, American Players Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the O'Neill Playwright's Conference among others. Upcoming productions include Ironbound by Martyna Majok at The Geffen Playhouse and The Heart of Robin Hood by David Farr at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Tyne is a 2016-18 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women's Project Theatre and received the 2014 SDC Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classic Direction. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Columbia University.
SELINA FILLINGER (Playwright, Something Clean) is an LA-based actress and writer. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied playwriting under the instruction of Laura Schellhardt. Something Clean was commissioned for Sideshow Theatre’s Freshness Initiative and workshopped in Roundabout’s Underground Reading Series. Other work includes Faceless (Northlight Theatre premiere, Joseph Jeff Award-nominated, regional productions at Zeitgeist Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, and Park Theatre in London) and The Armor Plays: Cinched/Strapped (Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative, Alley All New, upcoming production at Theatre Three.) Selina is a 2018 recipient of South Coast Repertory’s Elizabeth George Commission and Manhattan Theatre Club’s Sloan Commission.
MARGOT BORDELON (Director, Something Clean) is a Brooklyn-based director who specializes in new work. Upcoming: Plot Points in Our Sexual Development by Miranda Rose Hall at LCT3; Eddie and Dave by Amy Staats at Atlantic Theater Company; Do You Feel Anger? by Mara Nelson-Greenberg at the Vineyard. Recent projects: Wilder Gone by Angela Hanks for Clubbed Thumb (NYT's Critic's pick); Do You Feel Anger? at ATL’s Humana Festival, The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play by Megan Hill at ATC in Seattle, Too Heavy For Your Pocket by Jireh Breon Holder at the Roundabout Underground and the Alliance, The Pen by Julianne Wick Davis and Dan Collins for Premieres NYC (NYT’s Critic's pick), peerless by Jiehae Park at Yale Rep, Cherry Lane, and Marin Theatre Company, and A Delicate Ship by Anna Ziegler for Playwrights Realm (NYT's Critic's pick). Margot's work has been seen at Ars Nova, American Theater Co., Berkeley Rep, Cherry Lane, Clubbed Thumb, Dodo, Juilliard, The Lark, NYTW, P73, Perry Mansfield, Play Penn, Portland Center Stage, Primary Stages, The Public, PWC, Rattlestick, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Steppenwolf, the Wilma, and Woolly Mammoth, among others. Margot moved east after spending six years in Chicago working as a director, writer and performer. She is a founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago, and spent four seasons working on the artistic staff of Lookingglass Theatre. BFA: Cornish College of the Arts. MFA: Yale School of Drama. www.margotbordelon.com
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Roundabout kicks off its 2018-19 Broadway season with Bernhardt/Hamlet, a new play by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, starring Janet McTeer, Dylan Baker & Jason Butler Harner; True West by Sam Shepard, directed by James Macdonald, starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano; and Kiss Me, Kate, directed by Scott Ellis, starring Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase.
Off-Broadway in 2018-2019, Roundabout’s season includes Apologia by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed by Daniel Aukin, with Stockard Channing; Merrily We Roll Along by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, directed by Noah Brody in a Fiasco Theater production; Toni Stone by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Pam MacKinnon, with Uzo Aduba; and Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer, directed by Tyne Rafaeli at Roundabout Underground.
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