After a stint in interior decorating, Daryl Roth decided to change her career and, in doing so, changed theater. Roth became a theater producer when she was 40 years young and quickly became known as a tour-de-force in the theater world.
What sets Roth apart is an unusual gift for picking original, riveting and meaningful productions that are ultimately accessible to audiences of all shapes, colors and sizes. As a producer, she does everything from securing financing to reading scripts, casting, and adapting plays to film and vice versa. Her bread and butter are smart, thoughtful and imaginative stories, typically about identity and the frailty of human relationships, like, amongst others, The Normal Heart, Wit, Kinky Boots, Proof, Our Lady of 121st Street, War Horse, August: Osage County, Anna in the Tropics, and Clyborne Park.
Producing is a family affair. Her son Jordan Roth is a stellar producer in his own right. While not involved in theater, her husband Steven Roth is a real estate tycoon behind Vornado Realty. His expertise came in hand when Daryl decided to turn a Union Square bank into the beautiful, potentially risky business venture, the Daryl Roth Theater and DR2. Her theaters caters to off-Broadway productions, such as Edwina, and performance art, like De La Guarda and Fuerza Bruta.
Roth takes the adage, “To whom much is given, much is required, quite seriously, and is a philanthropist. Roth’s daughter is a social worker and Roth, as well as her son and husband, have contributed to LGBT rights, animal rights, education, science, academia, and, of course, the theater. Daryl’s dog Lucy is less active in giving back, although she was one of the inspirations for Roth’s documentary about rescues, My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story, and has her own bench in Central Park.
To find out more about Daryl Roth, please go to www.darylroththeater.com. Or check out Kinky Boots or Buyer & Cellar or any of the fine productions at The Daryl Roth Theater.
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