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New Hilary Bettis and Jiréh Breon Holder Plays Announced for 2020

Roundabout's season will also include the New York premiere of the first Underground musical in more than a decade.

Roundabout Theatre Company will present a new work by Too Heavy for Your Pocket playwright Jiréh Breon Holder in spring 2020.
(© Jenny Anderson)

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced an initial lineup of new works premiering off-Broadway in 2020.

The company will present two new works in winter 2020. First is the world premiere of Hilary Bettis's 72 Miles to Go..., which is described as follows: "Seventy-two miles. That's the space between Nogales, Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona — and the world of distance that separates a mother at a shelter and her American-born husband and children. This premiere from Juilliard playwright Hilary Bettis (The Americans) follows a splintered family over 10 years of strength, struggle and love, as they face the profoundly personal drama of immigration."

Also in winter 2020 will be the Roundabout Underground New York premiere of Darling Grenadine, a new musical featuring book, music, and lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik, directed and choreographed by Michael Berresse. It is described as follows: "When charismatic songwriter Harry falls for clever chorus girl Louise, all of Manhattan glitters with the blush of new love. But what happens when the sparkling fantasy begins to dissolve?" Darling Grenadine will be Roundabout Underground's first musical in more than a decade.

And in spring 2020, the company will present the world premiere of Too Heavy for Your Pocket playwright Jiréh Breon Holder's ...what the end will be, directed by Margot Bordelon. "In this new work," according to a press release, "three generations of men live under one roof and grapple with their own truths of what it means to be black and gay. It's an exploration of pride, pain, and patience through the unflinching eyes of fathers and sons."

Additional programming and information regarding Roundabout's off-Broadway season will be announced soon.