From Todd Haimes
To Our Roundabout Community,
The past few days have not been easy for anyone in the tri-state area. Hurricane Sandy caused damage to an extent that I have never before witnessed in New York City and put to the test our resolve that “the show must go on.” It’s a terrible situation, and my heart goes out to you and your loved ones.
On Wednesday, as I made my way from the administrative offices on 39th Street up to Studio 54, the American Airlines Theatre, and the Steinberg Center, I was struck by how lucky Roundabout is to be operating in a part of the city that came out of the storm relatively unscathed. I know how difficult it must be for so many theatres downtown, who are still without power. And these theatres only represent a small fraction of the individuals and business affected.
I can’t begin to tell you all of the stories I heard this week from the hundreds of artists and staff members who made their way to Roundabout’s theatres, not to mention the audience members who made supreme efforts to get to midtown and see a show. People spent hours on buses, walked across bridges, slept on each other’s floors—it speaks volumes about the power and necessity of the arts even in the worst circumstances. If coming together to watch a play for a couple of hours provided a feeling of community or a small respite from the troubles outside, then we are happy to be able to provide that comfort.
What I want to say today is thank you. Thank you to the dedicated staff members who found a way to get to our office and keep this company running. Thank you to the performers, crew members, and house staff who left their homes hours early to make sure that they were at the theatres on time. And thank you to our audience and supporters, who recognized that getting to the theatre was a solid step forward in this city’s arduous return to normalcy.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cyrano de Bergerac, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, and Bad Jews are all up and running. If you are unable to make it to the theatre in the coming days, please let us know—we will work to make any changes as easy as possible. All of us at Roundabout wish you good health and safety and hope that we can welcome you to our theatres soon.