Welcome to the long-awaited New York premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Wanderers in the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center.
After the success of director Barry Edelstein’s 2018 production of The Wanderers at The Old Globe in San Diego and our own well-received reading of the play that same year, we knew we had to get Barry and Anna’s brilliant collaboration onto the Pels stage. I am thrilled to finally share this Brooklyn-based story with New York audiences after it was delayed two years by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Barry describes, “The Wanderers tells two intertwined stories, both of which center on people who seek for something more out of life. Their restlessness—their wanderings—leads them to make choices that change everything, not only for themselves, but also for the people who love them.” This worry that the grass might be greener somewhere else, or with someone else, is a sensation that at times haunts us all.
We happily welcome playwright Anna Ziegler back to Roundabout after our production of The Last Match in the Laura Pels Theatre in 2017, a play that also originated at The Old Globe. This time, I am pleased that the production also gives us the chance for Barry to make his long-overdue return to Roundabout, after his 1997 production of All My Sons. He is the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director of The Old Globe and has artfully directed many world premieres and Shakespeare plays for the theatre in his 10 years at the helm. Finally, we are thrilled that every one of this wonderful company of actors is making their Roundabout debuts. Please give them a warm welcome!
Thank you for joining us at The Wanderers. As always, I ask you to share your thoughts on this production and our whole season by emailing me at ArtisticOffice@roundabouttheatre.org.
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