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Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre •


Beware the curse of Macbeth! For superstitious theatre folks, saying the word “Macbeth” in the theatre can bring bad luck to the production. This myth comes from a legend that Shakespeare wrote authentic incantations into Macbeth to please King James I, who was interested in black magic. When witches discovered he was revealing their spells, they put a curse on the play that caused the actor playing Lady Macbeth to die just before the first performance. Many people now call the play “The Scottish Play” to avoid saying the title. If you do accidentally say “Macbeth” in the theatre, you can reverse the curse by exiting the theatre, spinning around three times, spitting over your left shoulder, and yelling a curse before knocking on the door to be let back in.


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Macbeth was last produced in this theatre in 1999 by Theatre for a New Audience.


This theatre in 1995. Photo by Bill Barvin. ©NYPL


The space now named The Laura Pels Theatre was built due to a “Special District” incentive as part of the 1961 New York City Zoning Resolution. The deal offered building developers additional tax-free space if they built a legitimate theatre in their building. In 1971, the first tenant was the American Place Theatre, which was known for its commitment to the advancement of learning in all aspects of the dramatic arts and for producing experimental plays that demonstrated minority or immigrant experiences.


• In 1975, when Scotland, PA takes place, the rent for this theatre was just $5 a year!


Major support for Scotland, PA is provided by Hal Luftig/LHC Theatrical Development, Ken Davenport, Sara Miller McCune, Perry and Marty Granoff, and The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.


Scotland, PA benefits from Roundabout’s Musical Theatre Production Fund with lead gifts from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere, Diane and Tom Tuft, and Cynthia C. Wainwright and Stephen Berger. Anonymous


Roundabout Theatre Company is thankful to the following donors for their generous support of $5,000 or more to Roundabout’s education programs during the 2019-2020 school year.


Altman Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Bank of America


The Rose. M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust The Theodore H. Barth Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Becker The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation The Bok Family Foundation, Roxanne and Scott L. Bok Trustees


The Honorable Joseph Borelli The Bulova Stetson Fund Philippa and James Burke Karen McKeel Calby Capital One R. Martin Chavez and Adam Norbury Mary Cirillo-Goldberg and Jay Goldberg Dr. Jordan Cohen and Ms. Lee Wolf Conard-Davis Family Foundation Con Edison


John and Colleen Cook Mr. and Mrs. Steve Crawford Mike and Pilar de Graffenried The Honorable Chaim Deutsch Herb Engert Ms. Lily M. Fan


Jeanne Feldhusen and Gerry Jager Joanna and Brian Fisher


Kathleen Fisher and Rocco Maggiotto The Ford Foundation


Barry Friedberg and Charlotte Moss Myrna and Freddie Gershon The Golden Family


The Honorable Richard Gottfried The Gray Foundation


The Jerome L. Greene Foundation


The Laureine and David Greenbaum Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Gustafsson Meryl Hartzband Maureen A. Hayes Philip J. Hempleman Muna and Basem Hishmeh Doug Hitchner and Larissa Martell Karen and Paul Isaac JobsFirstNYC


The Honorable Corey Johnson, Speaker The JPB Foundation The Kaplen Foundation Erica and Michael Karsch James and Josie Kelly Mrs. Allison Koffman and Mr. Jeffrey Lipsitz Stephanie and Ron Kramer Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation, Inc. Phillip Laffey Sanda and Jerry Lambert Barbara Lee and Alston Gardner Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Leibman Peter J. Lyon


David and Anita Massengill May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation 24 ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Education programs at Roundabout are also supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Leni and Peter May Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Mellam Family Foundation Pam and Bill Michaelcheck Carol Mitchell The Moelis Family


The Stavros Niarchos Foundation New York City Center for Economic Opportunity New York Community Trust New York City Department of Cultural Affairs New York City Department of Small Business Services New York State Council on the Arts New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Marty and Kane Nussbaum Gerard E. O’Connor


Charles R. O'Malley Charitable Lead Trust Gina Pate and Stephen Pierce The Pinkerton Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David Puth Ms. Michelle Riley The Honorable Debi Rose The Rudin Foundation Ms. Samantha Rudin and Mr. David Earls The Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation Genci Sela Mr. and Mrs. Justin Skala Michael and Chaya Slocum Denise R. Sobel


The Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, Inc. Fern and Lenard Tessler Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC Jennifer and Owen Thomas Tikkun Olam Foundation, Inc. James and Meryl Tisch


Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Michael Tuch Foundation Diane and Tom Tuft L.F. Turner Terry and Bonnie Turner Vornado Realty Trust Cynthia C. Wainwright and Stephen Berger The Walt Disney Company Jason Weinberg


The Honorable Helene Weinstein Ms. Christine Wentz Liz and Ken Whitney Mr. and Mrs. Rich Whitney Ms. Joanne Witty and Mr. Eugene Keilin Emmy Zuckerman and Dr. Edward H. Bonfield


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Education programs at Roundabout are also supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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