The Recommendation @ The Roundabout Underground

Roundabout Underground Reading Series Begins Feb. 25 With Jonathan Caren’s The Recommendation

By Kenneth Jones
25 Feb 2013

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s second annual Roundabout Underground Reading Series begins Feb. 25 with Jonathan Caren’s The Recommendation, directed by Laura Savia. Tickets to presentations are available to the general public.

Casting for the current slate has been announced. The staged readings are at Roundabout Underground’s home at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre at 111 W. 46th Street.

The actors performing in the 2013 series include Penn Badgley, David Wilson Barnes, Noah Bean,Reg E. CatheyTracee Chimo , Liza Colon-Zayas,Patch Darragh, Erin Gann, Jordan Gelber, Kelli Giddish, Andre HollandRebecca Naomi Jones, Ezra Knight, Austin LysyMadeleine Martin,Chris PerfettiLorenzo Pisoni, Phillipa Soo, Stephen Stout, Andrea Syglowski, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Nitya Vindyasagar and Allison Williams.

Roundabout Underground Reading Series is a five-title experience that includes a nightly reading of a new play written and directed by an emerging artist, curtain speeches by Roundabout Underground artist alumni and a post-show reception.

The plays also include Rachel Bonds’ Swimmers, directed by Portia Krieger; Mat Smart’s Tinker to Evers to Chance, directed by Jeremy B. Cohen; Christian Durso’s Shiner, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar; Kate Gersten’s Benefit of the Doubt, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch.

Public tickets can be reserved by emailing

Here’s the series at a glance:

The Recommendation
Monday, Feb. 25
By Jonathan Caren
Directed by Laura Savia
With Penn Badgley, Andre Holland

“Aaron is smart, privileged and liked by everyone. Iskinder, his college roommate, is modest, unconnected and comes from a middle-class immigrant family. Soon the best of friends, Aaron takes Iskinder under his wing, sharing his world of favors and fortune. But the safe haven of college only lasts so long, and once in the real world, Aaron is thrust into a terrifying situation without his familiar safety net. As the tables turn, and Aaron is confronted with a crisis, both Aaron and Iskinder have to rethink the meaning of friendship and where loyalty has its limits.”

Caren’s work has been developed by The Manhattan Theater Club, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ars Nova, The Flea, The Rattlestick, The Old Globe, New York Stage and Film and The Lark and others. His play, The Morning the Sun Fell Down will be featured in MTC’s 2013 7@7 Reading Series this spring. Catch The Fish won most outstanding play in the NY Fringe. He is a 2011-12 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2011 New York Stage and Film Founder’s Award Winner, a member of The T.S Eliot Old Vic/New Voices Network, a recipient of a residency at SPACE @ Ryder Farm, a two-time Lecomte du Nouy award winner and a recipient of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Fiction. He was a finalist for the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Award, a nominee for the 2012 Otis Guerney New American Playwright’s Award, a finalist for The 2013 Soho Rep Writers/Director Lab and is currently nominated for a Craig Noel Award. He’s a graduate of The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright’s program and Vassar College.

Savia’s directing credits include The Mnemonist of Dutchess County (The Attic), ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Naked Angels), House Strictly Private (1st Irish Festival), The Lover (The Drama League), The Color of Justice (Theatreworks USA) and more. Assistant directing includes Broadway’s The Merchant of Venice (directed by Daniel Sullivan). She is director of the Workshop at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Via. Playbill


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