Following the death of her husband, Rose locks herself in her bedroom for the better part of a year, leaving her daughter Emma to care for her through the closed door. When the church sends a pastor to help coax Rose out of her room, he soon finds that Rose is not the only one using barriers to hide her true feelings.
This is the plot of Too Much, Too Much, Too Many - a new play by Meghan Kennedy that is currently being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground - a program that showcases new plays that will either allow an experienced director to go back to their creative roots or give a debut production to an emerging writer or director.
Too Much, Too Much, Too Many is directed by Sheryl Kaller, the Tony nominated director of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. She has directed at many theaters including Primary Stages, Williamstown Theater Festival, and New York Stage and Film. She has directed and developed new plays and musicals with writers including Christopher Durang, David Henry Hwang, Nick Blaemire, Billy Porter, Alan Menken, and many others.
The Roundabout Theatre Company’s Roundabout Underground program gives productions to emerging playwrights. Last year, they had a hit with Bad Jews - a play by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.
The show did so well in their 62-seat Black Box Theatre, in fact, that they brought it back to run in the Laura Pels Theatre (their bigger-small space) as part of their season this year - where it continues to earn excellent reviews and enthusiastic response from audiences.
In the play a young Jewish woman, Diana (played by Tracee Chimo, she prefers to be called by her Hebrew name, Daphna) fights with her cousin, Liam, to get a religious relic left behind by their recently deceased grandfather - who had kept it safe during his years in a concentration camp by holding it beneath his tongue. Liam’s brother (Jonah, played by Philip Ettinger) and girlfriend (Melody, played by Molly Ranson) observe and reluctantly weigh-in as Daphna and Liam argue and insult-sling as only family can.
Michael Zegen plays Liam in Bad Jews. Zegen attended Skidmore College and his other Off-Broadway credits include Liz Meriwether’s Oliver Parker! and Greg Moss’ punkplay. On television he’s been featured in recurring roles on The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, How to Make It in America, Rescue Me, and he’ll appear in the upcoming season of the HBO hit, Girls. His film credits include Adventureland, Taking Woodstock, and Frances Ha.
British actor, Michael Cumpsty, is currently portraying Desmond Curry in The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy - which The New York Times called “A stirring, moving and resonant drama that touches a deep chord." The play is running at the American Airlines Theater on 42nd St. in New York City through December 1st.
He will also perform in Roundabout’s next production at The American Airlines, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, which begins previews on December 20th.
Michael Cumpsty’s more than 16 Broadway credits include La Bête, Timon of Athens, Enchanted April and the musical revivals 1776, 42nd Street, and Sunday in the Park with George. His film credits include The Ice Storm, The Visitor, and Eat Pray Love; and on television he played Frank Kittredge on L.A. Law; Alan Singer on All My Children, and Fr. Brennan on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents an electrifying new production of Clifford Odets’ classic, The Big Knife, at The American Airlines Theatre on West 42nd St in New York City. The show is currently in previews and officially opens on Tuesday, April 16th.
This is the first revival of the 1949 play - which was adapted for the screen in 1955 - produced and directed there by Robert Aldrich.
In the play, directed by Tony Award® winner, Doug Hughes, Bobby Cannavale is Charlie Castle, a film super-star stuck in the studio-system of the 1940s. In the golden age of Hollywood cinema, actors may have all the glory, but studio execs have all the power. It’s a classic tale about keeping your integrity in the face of success. Richard Kind plays Marcus Hoff, the fast talking pressure-heavy head of the studio and Chip Zien plays Nat Danziger, Charlie’s loyal agent.
Chip Zien’s previous Broadway credits include - but are not limited to - Falsettos, The Boys from Syracuse, Grand Hotel, and he played The Baker in the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods.