If you want to find Theresa Rebeck, she is in Brooklyn, writing. That explains her prodigious output: She has written or co-written more than 20 plays (“Omnium Gatherum,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; “Mauritius”; “The Understudy”), scripted cop shows on television, turned out a couple of novels and created the NBC show “Smash,” set in the world of Broadway.
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Roundabout Theatre Company will present two world premieres as part of its 2018–2019 lineup: a Broadway production of Bernhardt/Hamlet by Pulitzer finalist Theresa Rebeck, directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, starring Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe, Tony, and Olivier Award winner Janet McTeer; and an Off-Broadway production of Toni Stone by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon, with Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba.
Tony winner McTeer, last on Broadway in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” in 2016, will lead the cast of “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” a new play written by Theresa Rebeck and directed Moritz von Stuelpnagel (“Hand to God,” “Present Laughter”). The world premiere comedy, a Roundabout commission, follows the actress Sarah Bernhardt as she sets out to play “Hamlet” in the famous 1899 production.
New plays by Theresa Rebeck, Leah Nanako Winkler, and Kate Hamill, as well as a tribute to late dramatist A.R. Gurney, are on tap for the 2018-19 at off-Broadway's Primary Stages. Tyne Daly and Tim Daly will star in Rebeck's Downstairs.