The primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral history Project

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Daryl Roth

Daryl Roth


Interviewed on: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Location: at Her Office
Interviewed by: Casey Childs
Interview #115
Photo Credit: Jim Cox
"I love Off-Broadway for the experience that both the actors and the audiences share in an intimate space. Off-Broadway is where you have the freedom to champion new voices, support emerging creative talent, and explore a wide range of ideas and stories."
Daryl Roth Highlights
Video Length: 6 Minutes, 2 Seconds
Daryl Roth Interview
Video Length: 1 Hour, 51 Minutes

Daryl Roth is a theater producer and the President of Daryl Roth Productions. She began her career in 1988, producing Off-Broadway. Her producing credits include:  CLOSER THAN EVER (1989), THE BABY DANCE (1991), Edward Albee’s THREE TALL WOMEN (1994), CAMPING WITH HENRY AND TOM (1995), HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (1997), DE LA GUARDA (1998), WIT (1998), THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS (1999), THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY (2001), OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET (2003), BECKETT/ALBEE (2003), THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) (2005), DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! (2007), LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE (2009), THE TEMPERAMENTALS (2009), THE DIVINE SISTER (2010),THROUGH THE NIGHT (2010), MY NAME IS ASHER LEV (2012), BUYER & CELLAR (2013), WIESENTHAL (2014), and THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (2015). In 1996, she acquired the former Union Square Savings Bank on Union Square and 15th Street, where she created The Daryl Roth Theatre, a multi-purpose space with both a 299-seat main stage and an intimate 99-seat theater the DR2, and the D-Lounge, a versatile cabaret space.  She received the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to Off-Broadway theater in 2010.

Daryl Roth was born in Wayne, New Jersey. She attended Syracuse University, and graduated from New York University.  She is honored to hold the singular distinction of producing  7 Pulitzer Prize-winning  plays: Nilo Cruz’s  Anna in the Tropics; Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive; David Auburn’s Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Margaret  Edson’s Wit. The proud recipient of 11 Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, her Broadway productions include: Kinky Boots, now in its 5th year on Broadway and around the globe (London, Toronto, Australia, Korea, Japan, Germany); Caroline, Or Change; Curtains; A Delicate Balance; Edward Albee’s The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? (2002 Tony); Hello, Dolly (2017 Tony); The Humans (2016 Tony); Indecent; It Shoulda Been You; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); Shuffle Along; Sunset Boulevard;  The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; and War Horse (2011 Tony).

Mentioned in Interview

Edward Albee, Sandra Bernhard, Charles Busch, Kathleen Chalfant, Tom Dugan, Will Eno, Delia Ephron, Nora Ephron, Neil Patrick Harris, Judith Light, Lucille Lortel, Richard Maltby, Jr., David Pittu, David Shire, Michael Urie, Paula Vogel, Acorn Theatre, The Century Association, Cherry Lane Theatre, City Center, DR2 Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Minetta Lane Theatre, Primary Stages, Promenade Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Soho Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre, Westside Arts Theatre, THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY, THE BABY DANCE, BECKETT/ALBEE,THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS, BUYER & CELLAR, CLOSER THAN EVER, DE LA GUARDA, DIE MOMMIE DIE!,THE DIVINE SISTER, FUERZA BRUTA: LOOK UP, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, IN & OF ITSELF, LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS, OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET, SANDRA BERNHARD: EVERYTHING BAD AND BEAUTIFUL, THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING), THREE TALL WOMEN, THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, WAYRA: FUERZA BRUTA, WIESENTHAL, WIT