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Discover the artists and history behind I Need That in the Upstage Playgoer’s Guide. This guide includes interviews with members of the creative team, an exploration of the “It” items of past decades, aging and caregiving, and consumerism in the US.  

Table of Contents

The Production

Learn about the context for the play and dig into the artistic choices made by the show's creative team.

A Note from Interim Artistic Director Scott Ellis
Theatre Talk
The Culture of Consumption
I Need ‘It’: It Items in History 
Aging and Caregiving

The Artists

Insight from the artists involved in I Need That.

Interview with Playwright Theresa Rebeck
Interview with Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Interview with Set Designer Alexander Dodge

Your Response

Find discussion starters for before and after the show, as well as downloadable activities for students.

Up for Discussion


Discover past Roundabout productions in "From the Archives."

From the Archives: I Need That

Please note, these interviews and articles were written and published prior to previews. If any edits are made due to a change in the script, staging, or by artist request, the article will be updated. The date of the update will be noted at the end of the article.

 I Need That Upstage Contributors

EDITOR Mariah-Lynn Andrews
Leah Reddy
WRITERS Alix Curnow
Carrie Ellman-Larsen
Jason Jacobs
Karim Muasher
Tiffany Nixon
Leah Reddy
Daniel Robert Sullivan
Jenna Craig
Paola Franchisquini

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.