FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble that offers dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions of plays and musicals. Fiasco’s artists believe the performer, the text, and the audience’s imagination are the primary elements required to create great theater. Past shows include Cymbeline (TFANA/Barrow Street), Into the Woods (Roundabout, Old Globe, McCarter), Measure for Measure (New Victory, Long Wharf), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger, TFANA), The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe) and Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company). Cymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival. Into the Woods garnered the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Into the Woods went on to play the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, and the 2016-17 national tour won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Visiting Production and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Direction and Best Ensemble. Every year, Fiasco offers the Free Training Initiative—a three-week, conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. Fiasco’s work has been commissioned by the Old Globe and they have been in residence with TFANA, Duke University, Marquette University and LSU. They are currently in residence with Roundabout and NYU-Gallatin. Their work has been developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Orchard Project, SPACE at Ryder Farm and the Shakespeare Society, and they have led master classes at Brown University and NYU. Fiasco Theater receives generous support from Howard Gilman Foundation, SHS Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, Actors Equity Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts and The Shubert Foundation.
The mission of Fiasco Theater is to offer dynamic, joyful, actor-driven productions of
classic and new plays, and to offer high-level theatrical training through classes and
workshops. Our goal is to create a new model of fiscal sustainability whereby
we remunerate our artists for their valuable work and offer our performances and
training at low or no cost to our audiences and students.
Following its triumphant Into the Woods, Fiasco Theater, Roundabout Theatre’s Company in Residence, reimagines its next Stephen Sondheim creation. With Fiasco’s one-of-a-kind imagination, this audacious musical about a trio of showbiz friends who fall apart and come together over 20 years emerges as newly personal and passionate.
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Fiasco Theater would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, SHS Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Actor's Equity Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation & The Shubert Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts.
Joanna & Jonathan Cole, Nancy & Neil Austrian, Patricia & John Gabriel, Tom Marshall & Kathryn Keneally, Cheryl Effron, Dhuanne & Doug Tansill, Allan Wolf, Michelle Friedman & Benjamin Beifer, Barbara & Gerald Boyle and Kathleen Arrix
Ever since Merrily We Roll Along premiered and then quickly closed on Broadway in 1981, people have been trying to find a way to resurrect Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s showbiz musical. The latest iteration comes from Fiasco, an in-house theater company at the Roundabout, which is staging a new version of Merrily this spring after its success with another Sondheim, Into the Woods, in 2015. For their version, Fiasco looked back on early drafts of Merrily and worked closely with Sondheim himself to develop a new approach to the material — and a lot of tinkering along the way. “We understand how to have a big, messy process,” Ben Steinfeld, who plays Frank, told Vulture. “We treat every show like it’s a new show anyway, so this seemed like a really great opportunity to.........READ MORE