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Usual Girls

The first Roundabout Underground production of the 2018–2019 Season!

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.

Roundabout’s work with new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as development of new work, is made possible by Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner.
 
We gratefully acknowledge the Roundabout Leaders for New Works: Alec Baldwin, James Costa and John Archibald, Linda L. D’Onofrio, Peggy and Mark Ellis, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Hess Foundation, Inc., Judith and Douglas Krupp, K. Myers, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Ira Pittelman, Laura S. Rodgers, Seedlings Foundation, Mary Solomon, Lauren and Danny Stein, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and Dr. Leonard Tow.

The first Roundabout Underground production of the 2018–2019 Season!

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.

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CAST


Casting announcements will be made at a later date.

CREATIVE


Ming Peiffer
Playwright
Tyne Rafaeli
Director


Full creative team will be announced at a later date.



ABOUT ROUNDABOUT UNDERGROUND

Roundabout Underground productions are produced in Roundabout's Black Box Theatre located within the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. It is an initiative designed to foster new works by emerging theatre artists. Roundabout Underground allows Roundabout to take artistic risks that are not viable on its larger stages, whether giving a debut production to an emerging writer or allowing an experienced director to go back to his or her creative roots. In addition to receiving an opportunity to debut their works as full-scale productions, up-and-coming playwrights receive the significant artistic and financial support of the country's largest not-for-profit theatre and a nurturing environment in which to debut their work. Note: Roundabout Underground productions cannot be purchased as part of a season package.

NEW PLAY INITIATIVE

Click here to learn more about Roundabout's commitment to new works through our New Play Initiative.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Bobbie Clearly, by Alex Lubischer, 2018
Too Heavy for Your Pocket, by Jiréh Breon Holder, 2017
On The Exhale, by Martín Zimmerman, 2017
Kingdom Come, by Jenny Rachel Weiner, Tow Playwright-in-Residence, 2016
Ugly Lies the Bone, by Lindsey Ferrentino, 2015
Little Children Dream of God, by Jeff Augustin, Tow Playwright-in-Residence, 2015
Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, by Meghan Kennedy, 2013
Bad Jews, by Joshua Harmon, 2012
Suicide, Incorporated, by Andrew Hinderaker, 2011
The Dream of the Burning Boy, by David West Read, 2011
Tigers Be Still, by Kim Rosenstock, 2010
Ordinary Days, by Adam Gwon, 2009
The Language of Trees, by Steven Levenson, 2008
Speech & Debate, by Stephen Karam, 2007