Primary Trust


By Eboni Booth
Originally produced at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York, NY
May 4 – July 2, 2023

Synopsis: Meet Kenneth, a 36-year-old bookstore worker who spends his evenings sipping mai tais at the local tiki bar. When he’s suddenly laid off, Kenneth finally begins to face a world he's long avoided – with transformative and even comical results. Directed by Knud Adams, Eboni Booth’s Primary Trust is a touching and inventive world-premiere play about new beginnings, old friends, and seeing the world for the first time.

Artistic Statement: Eboni Booth’s Primary Trust is a touching exploration of how to build a rewarding and happy life regardless of personal circumstance. The world premiere play follows Kenneth, a 36-year-old bookstore worker who is shaken from his habits and routines after a sudden layoff. As he works to reestablish a life that’s right for him, he lays bare deeper truths and a heartbreaking history. Roundabout Theatre is thrilled to bring to our audiences Booth’s familiar yet surprising story of new beginnings, old friends, and seeing the world for the first time.

Grant Statement
: We are proud that our 2022-23 off-Broadway season comprises thrilling, deeply human works from four innovative and unique playwrights. And we could not be more grateful that Primary Trust has been recognized with a 2022 New Play Award. The Edgerton Foundation’s generous support is essential as we bring to life Eboni Booth’s understated, heartbreaking, and inspiring new play.

Eboni Booth
Director Knud Adams

William Jackson Harper
April Matthis

Additional Funders: Major support for Primary Trust is provided by the The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

Pulitzer Prize, 2024 Winner