Roundabout Theatre Company Presents World Premiere of ‘the bandaged place’ by Harrison David Rivers '09

BY Emma Schillage, February 9, 2022

the bandaged place, by playwriting alumnus Harrison David Rivers ’09, will have its world premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company.


The play, directed by David Mendizábel, will open during the 2022 Roundabout Underground Season. the bandaged place centers on a man named Jonah who seeks the guidance of his grandmother and daughter after he is reacquainted with a former lover. The reunion causes painful wounds to open up for Jonah as he works to free himself from his past trauma. It is a play about moving forward and overcoming abuse. The play is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award. The play has also had various workshops at The Playwrights’ Center, Aurora Theatre Company, Harlem Stage, and New York Theatre Workshop. 


Performances begin on October 20 of this year. 

Harrison David Rivers’ produced plays include, When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award, NYFringe Excellence in Playwriting Award, NYFringe, Diversionary Theatre, TheatreLAB, Real Live Theatre), Sweet (AUDELCO nomination for Best Play, National Black Theatre), And She Would Stand Like This (20% Theatre Company, The Movement Theatre Company), Where Storms Are Born (Berkshire Theatre Award nomination for Best New Play, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, Williamstown Theatre Festival), A Crack in the Sky (History Theatre), Five Points (MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, Lavender Magazine citation for Outstanding New Playwriting, BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Award for Best New Work, Inclusion in MinnPost’s year-end “Best” List, Theatre Latte Da) This Bitter Earth (MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, Lavender Magazine citation for Outstanding New Playwriting, Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Best Production, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Penumbra, About Face), To Let Go and Fall (Theatre Latte Da) and Broadbend, Arkansas (Transport Group/Public Theater).


Harrison was named a Runner-up for the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune and a 2017 Artist of the Year by City Pages. He has received McKnight and Many Voices Jerome Fellowships, a Van Lier Fellowship, an Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship and residencies with the Bogliasco Foundation, the Siena Art Institute, the Hermitage and Duke University. Harrison was the 2016 Playwright-in-Residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Harrison is an alum of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers' Group, Interstate 73, NAMT and The Lincoln Center Directors' Lab. He is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a member of the Playwright Center's Board of Directors.