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Exception to the Rule

April 28—June 26, 2022

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre Black Box Theatre

Exception to the Rule

April 28—June 26, 2022

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This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

, NEW YORK THEATRE GUIDE

"High-school detention has no business being as entertaining as it is in 'Exception to the Rule,' a terrifically funny and subtly potent new play by Dave Harris..."

CHARLES ISHERWOOD, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

 "A 'Breakfast Club' for the modern high school — quicker, crasser, and funnier."

GRACE BYDALEK, NEW YORK SUN 

"An exceptional new play, with a talented cast."

ROBERT HOFFLER, THE WRAP

"Explosive and hilarious. Everyone should see this play."

JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II, NEW YORK THEATRE GUIDE

Playwright Dave Harris’s new play crackles with humor and suspense—confronting the tactics for surviving institutions that were not built for you.

How do you make it through detention? In the worst high school in the city, six Black students are stuck in Room 111. They flirt. They fight. They tease. Should they follow the rules and stay put, or find an escape? Are the walls keeping them in, or are stronger forces at play?

Running time: 1 hour and 25 minutes, no intermission.


Please be advised: Herbal Cigarettes, strobe effects, and strong language are used in this production.

Exception to the Rule Cast

Erika
MaYaa Boateng
Tommy
Malik Childs
Abdul
Mister Fitzgerald
Dayrin
Toney Goins
Mikayla
Amandla Jahava
Dasani
Claudia Logan

Exception to the Rule Creative

Playwright
Dave Harris
Director
Miranda Haymon
Co-Scenic Design
Reid Thompson
Co-Scenic Design
Kamil James
Costume Design
Sarita Fellows
Lighting Design
Cha See
Sound Design
Lee Kinney

CHECK OUT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS AND FEATURES

Discover the artists and history behind Exception to the Rule in the Upstage Playgoer’s Guide.

READ THE UPSTAGE GUIDE

Learn more about the history of the production and its creators through a lively discussion with Roundabout Teaching Artists.

VIRTUAL THEATRE TALK

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE
THE ROUNDABOUT LEADERS FOR NEW WORKS
  • Alec Baldwin
  • James Costa and John Archibald
  • Linda L. D’Onofrio
  • Peggy and Mark Ellis
  • Jeanne Hagerty
  • Sylvia Golden
  • Angelina Lippert
  • K. Myers
  • Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater
  • Ira Pittelman
  • Mary Solomon
  • Lauren and Danny Stein
  • Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
  • The Tow Foundation​

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.

Presented at

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Black Box Theatre

111 West 46th Street

(between 6th and 7th Avenues)