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The Refocus Project

The Refocus Project

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The Refocus Project aims to transform the American theatre canon.

The works deemed to be “classic” plays have long been defined too narrowly and by too few. If we’re to have an equitable theatre, we must look to the past and shine a spotlight on the plays and playwrights that were left behind by history, not because of their merits but because of their identities.  

As a theatre company with a legacy of producing revivals, we realize we need to tell a more complete story and ensure we are an active part of the solution, not an ongoing part of the problem.

Roundabout launched The Refocus Project in 2021, spotlighting 20th century plays from the Black American community, in association with Black Theatre United. For the second year, we are featuring Latinx playwrights, in partnership  with Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT). 

 

Please contact refocus@roundabouttheatre.org for further information on the available resources around these plays.


Leadership support for The Refocus Project is generously provided by the Ford Foundation.

Additional funding provided by Eugene and Joann Bissell and the Lillian Lincoln Foundation, R. Martin Chavez and by Bank of America.


The Refocus Project is made possible by the Champions for Inclusive Theatre and Roundabout’s Forward Fund. We acknowledge the generous friends who support our many efforts to increase representation and inclusion in all aspects of theatre: Bank of America, Eugene and Joann Bissell and the Lillian Lincoln Foundation, Elizabeth Armstrong, R. Martin Chavez, Herbert W. Engert Jr. and Timothy Miller, EY, the Ford Foundation, Kenny Leon, Gina Maria Leonetti, Beryl Snyder, Denise Littlefield Sobel, and Charles Randolph-Wright.