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Roundabout announces full casting for 72 MILES TO GO

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Directed by JO BONNEY


Previews begin February 13, 2020.
Official opening March 10, 2020.
Limited Engagement through May 3, 2020
Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce full casting for the world premiere of 72 Miles to Go…, by Hilary Bettis, directed by Jo Bonney.

The cast includes Tyler Alvarez as “Aaron,” Jacqueline Guillén as “Eva,” Bobby Moreno as “Christian,” Maria Elena Ramirez as “Anita,” and Triney Sandoval as “Billy.”

72 Miles to Go… begins preview performances on Thursday, February 13 and opens officially on Tuesday, March 10. This will be a limited engagement at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).

Seventy-two miles. That’s the space between a recently deported mother in Nogales, Mexico and her husband and children in Tucson, Arizona. It’s distance measured in the graduations, anniversaries, and countless daily moments they spend apart – but also in the love that keeps them together, no matter where they are. Don’t miss this profound and personal premiere from Juilliard playwright Hilary Bettis (“The Americans”) and Jo Bonney (director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living).

Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes the return of Triney Sandoval, who most recently appeared in Bernhardt/Hamlet (2018), as well as Marvin’s Room (2017) and A Man for All Seasons (2008).

The creative team for 72 Miles to Go… includes Rachel Hauck (sets), Emilio Sosa (costumes), Lap Chi Chu (lighting) and Elisheba Ittoop (sound).

Tickets for 72 Miles to Go… are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at a Roundabout box office; or by visiting StubHub, the Premier Secondary Ticketing Partner of Roundabout. Tickets are $79. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org

Major support for 72 Miles to Go… is provided by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater and the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

This production is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We gratefully acknowledge the Roundabout Leaders for New Works: Alec Baldwin, James Costa and John Archibald, Linda L. D’Onofrio, Peggy and Mark Ellis, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Jeanne Hagerty, Angelina Lippert, K. Myers, Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Ira Pittelman, Mary Solomon, Lauren and Danny Stein, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and The Tow Foundation.

72 Miles to Go… will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30PM with Wednesday, Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM.

TYLER ALVAREZ (Aaron). Native New Yorker Tyler Alvarez is making his New York stage debut. Alvarez is best known for the series leading role of documentarian Peter Maldonado in the critically acclaimed Netflix series “American Vandal.” Alvarez also appeared on the award-winning Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” as Benny Mendoza, Gloria Mendoza’s son. Recently, Alvarez recurred on Hulu’s new season of “Veronica Mars.” Tyler also had a heavily recurring role on the final season of the FreeForm series “The Fosters.” On the film front, Tyler will soon be seen in the American High feature film Sid Is Dead in a starring role. Other credits include: feature film Pools, ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat,” and Comedy Central’s “Alternatino.” Alvarez is represented by BUCHWALD.

JACQUELINE GUILLÉN (Eva). Jacqueline’s past credits include: New York Off Broadway: Then They Forgot About the Rest (Intar Theater), Play/Date (3LD), Lilia (Rising Circle), Judgment of Fools (InViolet Theater), Trees in their Youth (Columbia Stages). TV Credits: “Orange is the New Black,” “Bull,” “Search Party,” “The Good Cop,” “Blue Bloods.” Training: BFA from Texas State University, Royal Shakespeare Co. jacqueline-guillen.com

BOBBY MORENO (Christian). A consummate member of the New York stage and screen community, Bobby Moreno will next appear in Hilary Bettis’ 72 Miles to Go… at Roundabout Theatre Company. On stage, he previously starred in Robert O’Hara’s Mankind for Playwrights Horizons; in Abe Koogler’s Fulfillment Center, directed by Daniel Aukin for Manhattan Theater Club; and in David Bowie’s critically acclaimed musical Lazarus, alongside Michael C Hall and Cristin Millioti for New York Theater Workshop. Bobby received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his breakout role in Olivia DuFault’s The Year Of The Rooster for Ensemble Studio Theater. Other New York Theatre credits include Grand Concourse, Hand To God, Invasion!, Red-Handed Otter, Okay, Luther, and Alligator. On television, Bobby most recently appeared in Netflix’s “Living With Yourself” opposite Paul Rudd, Nat Geo’s “The Hot Zone” opposite Julianna Marguilies, and HBO’s “High Maintenance.” Other television credits include the hit Showtime series “Homeland,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” and “Kings.” On the big screen, Bobby appeared in the independent film “How He Fell In Love” opposite Matt McGorry, which premiered at the 2015 LA Film Festival. Bobby is a graduate of Texas State University and currently resides in New York City.
MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ (Anita). Broadway: Larry David’s Fish in the Dark, Rachel Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. National Tours: Siobhan in the 1st National Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Rose Narracott in War Horse, both with the National Theatre of Great Britain. Off-Broadway: Little Women (Primary Stages), Mary Page Marlowe, Living Out (Second Stage), Important Hats of the 20th Century (Manhattan Theatre Club), Somewhere Fun (Vineyard Theatre), BBAJ (Public Theater), The Thugs (Soho Rep), Princess Turandot (McGinn/Cazale), Skin of Our Teeth (NYSF). Regional: Long Wharf Theatre, A.R.T., The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, among others. Film: Wonderstruck, St. Vincent, Happythankyoumoreplease, The Women, Assassination of a High School President, Personal Velocity. Television: Includes “New Amsterdam,” “FBI,” “Elementary,” “Search Party,” “Limitless,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” “Army Wives,” “Damages,” “Law & Order(s),” “The Sopranos,” and the upcoming Apple TV+ series “Defending Jacob.” MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

TRINEY SANDOVAL (Billy). Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet, Marvin’s Room, Macbeth, A Free Man of Color, A Man for All Seasons, Frost/Nixon. Off-Broadway: The Thin Place; Important Hats…; Timon of Athens; The Idiot; Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue; As You Like It. Regional: Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, California Shakespeare, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, six seasons with Oregon Shakespeare. TV: “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Lights Out,” “The Sopranos,” recurring roles on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

HILARY BETTIS (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based writer who works in TV, film and theater. She was nominated for a 2018 and 2019 Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on the Emmy (Best Writing) and Golden Globe (Best Drama) series “The Americans” on FX, which she wrote on for the final two seasons. Her play, 72 miles to go… is a 2019 Finalist for the prestigious Blackburn Prize. She is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Bettis has received fellowships, workshops, and residencies at the Roundabout, Alley All New Festival, Orlando Shakes PlayFest, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, John N. Wall Fellow at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Writer-In-Residence at Cape Cod Theatre Project, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Playwrights’ Week at The Lark, NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays, Audrey Residency at New Georges, Two River Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference, WildWind Lab at Texas Tech, The Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Workshop, and a Sloan/EST Commission. She has had plays recognized by The Kilroys every year since its inception. She has been a Runner-Up for the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Award, Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Award, New America Fellowship, and the Leah Ryan Prize. Bettis is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater, a Usual Suspect at NYTW, an Affiliated Artist at New Georges, The Kilroys, and a proud member of the WGA. The Ghosts of Lote Bravo received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, MO, Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona. The play was published in American Theatre Magazine in February 2018 with stills from the production on the cover. Her play, Alligator, was produced Off-Broadway with New Georges and The Sol Project, and was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk for Outstanding Music in a Play. Queen of Basel, a bilingual adaptation of Miss Julie commissioned by Miami New Drama, was produced at Miami New Drama in April 2018, and will receive its World Premiere at Studio Theatre in D.C. March 2019. Her play, 72 miles to go… received a workshop production at the Alley’s All New festival in January 2019, and will receive it’s Off-Broadway World Premiere at the Roundabout Winter 2020. As a screenwriter, Bettis has written, produced, and directed multiple short films, which have screened at film festivals across the globe. She has developed and sold multiple original TV shows, and is currently developing a project at FX with Propgate producing, and another project at AMC. And she is an alumni of the prestigious Sundance Institute Episodic TV Lab. She is represented by CAA and Grandview. www.HilaryBettisWriter.com

JO BONNEY (Director) has directed premieres of plays by: Alan Ball, Eric Bogosian, Hammaad Chaudry, Culture Clash, Eve Ensler, Jessica Goldberg, Danny Hoch, Ione Lloyd, Neil LaBute, Warren Leight, Martyna Majok, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, Suzan-Lori Parks, Carey Perloff, Darci Picoult, John Pollono, Will Power, David Rabe, Jose Rivera, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld, Christopher Shinn, Diana Son, Universes, Naomi Wallace, Michael Weller. As well as productions of plays by: Caryl Churchill, Nilo Cruz, Anna Deavere Smith, Charles Fuller, Lisa Loomer, Paul Lucas, Lanford Wilson. Productions directed at: ART, Boston; PS 122; The Public Theater NYC; NYTW; Second Stage; Goodman Theatre; La Jolla Playhouse; MCC, NY; Geffen Playhouse; Williamstown Festival; McCarter Theater; Playwrights Horizons; Arena Stage; CTG, LA; Signature, NY; Long Wharf; The New Group; CSC; Humana Festival; Almeida, London; Edinburgh Festival; The Market Theatre, Johannesburg; The Baxter, Cape Town SA, Cine 13, Paris. She is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction, Lucille Lortel Best Musical and Lucille Lortel Best Revival, Drama Desk nomination for Direction of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, and Alliance and Lilly Award. Audelco Award for Father Comes Home from the Wars. Editor of Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century (TCG).

Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present, and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills that mission by producing familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals; discovering and supporting talented playwrights; reducing the barriers that can inhibit theatergoing; collaborating with a diverse team of artists; building educational experiences; and archiving over five decades of production history.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals and new works on its five stages: Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre, Studio 54 and Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Off-Broadway’s Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout’s 2019-2020 Broadway season includes A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller, starring David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood, directed by Kenny Leon; Birthday Candles, by Noah Haidle, starring Debra Messing, directed by Vivienne Benesch; Caroline, or Change, by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, starring Sharon D Clarke, directed by Michael Longhurst.

In 2020, Roundabout presents new works Off-Broadway, including: 72 Miles to Go… by Hilary Bettis, directed by Jo Bonney; …what the end will be by Jiréh Breon Holder, directed by Margot Bordelon; Darling Grenadine, book, music & lyrics by Daniel Zaitchik, directed and choregraphed by Michael Berresse; and Exception to the Rule by Dave Harris, directed by Miranda Haymon.


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