Produced in association with McCarter Theatre Center

Hailed as “American theatre’s greatest and least compromising experimentalist” (New York Times), Adrienne Kennedy is one of the most prolific and widely studied living playwrights. Since bursting onto the scene in 1964 with Funnyhouse of a Negro, Kennedy’s enthralling lyrical dramas have influenced generations of storytellers, from Suzan-Lori Parks to Robert O’Hara, Shonda Rhimes to Jeremy O. Harris. Despite her outsized influence, three Obie Awards, and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame, Adrienne Kennedy is not a household name. This festival is a celebration of why she should be. Round House shines a light on four deeply personal stories from Kennedy’s astonishing body of work with four weeks of virtual theatrical experiences and dynamic conversations, offering audiences the opportunity to discover Kennedy’s singular voice—a startling mix of the surreal with the all too real. 

TICKETS: Patrons may purchase a full festival pass for all four plays and pay no handling fees, or may purchase tickets to individual events below. (All panel discussions are free, no tickets required.)

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NOTE: Plays will be released weekly beginning November 14 (see specific dates below) and will be available to view on demand through February 2021.

The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration & Influence is sponsored by The RPM Fund.


He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box
By Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Nicole A. Watson
Now streaming on demand
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He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box  is sponsored by Jay & Robin Hammer.

Sleep Deprivation Chamber
By Adam P. Kennedy and Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
Now streaming on demand 
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Sleep Deprivation Chamber is sponsored by Elaine Kotell Binder & Richard Binder.
Ohio State Murders
By Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Streaming on demand beginning DEC 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm ET
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Ohio State Murders is sponsored by Bruce & Ann Lane.

Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side
By Adrienne Kennedy | Directed by Timothy Douglas
Streaming on demand beginning DEC 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm ET | World Premiere
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Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side is sponsored by Susan Gilbert & Ron Schechter.

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