|SECOND STAGE THEATER Announces New Season|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:16 am EDT 05/09/21|
LIGHTS UP ON A NEW DAY
Making Noise. Making Change. Making Theater for Today.
SECOND STAGE THEATER
Announces New Season
Beginning Fall 2021
BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
Broadway Premiere at Hayes Theater
By STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS
Directed by AUSTIN PENDLETON
TO MY GIRLS
World Premiere at Kiser Theater
By JC LEE
Directed by STEPHEN BRACKETT
Join the Previously Announced
New York Premiere at Hayes Theater
A new play by LYNN NOTTAGE
Directed by KATE WHORISKEY
TAKE ME OUT
By RICHARD GREENBERG
Directed by SCOTT ELLIS
LETTERS OF SURESH
World Premiere at Kiser Theater
By RAJIV JOSEPH
Directed by MAY ADRALES
SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW ON SALE
NEW 30 AND UNDER SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGE
Inclusive of All Five Productions for Those Age 30 and Under
Available at $140
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May 7, 2021 -- Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President & Artistic Director; Khady Kamara, Executive Director) has confirmed three Broadway productions at the Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street) and two Off-Broadway productions at the Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street) for the return season, beginning performances in fall of 2021.
As the only theater on Broadway dedicated exclusively to living American playwrights, Second Stage is thrilled to bring five visionary playwrights to their stages this season.
"When I thought about what our reopening should look like, I realized I wanted and needed our audiences to feel joy and hope walking into our theaters once again," said Second Stage President & Artistic Director Carole Rothman. "Healing, second chances, mindfulness, community and connection are all at the backbone of the stories we want to share. Richard Greenberg , Stephen Adly Guirgis, Rajiv Joseph, JC Lee, Lynn Nottage, living American playwrights, those are the voices that will help us restart and navigate these conversations. These writers have created funny and engaging pieces so perfectly poised for this moment. It will be an emotional and long-awaited homecoming for us all – audiences, artists and staff."
"The health and security of artists, staff, patrons and members is of the utmost importance," said Executive Director Khady Kamara. "During this hiatus from performing, we have revised and improved safety procedures for all facilities and are eager to welcome audiences. We are closely following guidelines established by the CDC and New York State to ensure that the experience in the theaters, on stage and backstage meets those standards. We are extremely excited to resume live performance with a welcoming and safe environment for everyone."
FLIP THE SCRIPT
In the spirit of welcoming new audiences, a new subscription package, Flip the Script, is available to those ages 30 and under. All five productions, three Broadway and two Off-Broadway, can be purchased for $140. See 2st.com for details.
AT THE HAYES
Second Stage's Hayes Theater on Broadway, will reopen with the New York premiere of CLYDE'S by Lynn Nottage, who was first commissioned and produced by 2ST nearly three decades ago, directed by Nottage's frequent collaborator, Kate Whoriskey. Performances begin on Broadway in fall 2021.
The Hayes Theater will then feature the highly anticipated production of Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play, TAKE ME OUT, which had been postponed due to the current Broadway suspension. Put on pause mid-rehearsals, cast and crew were sent home for what was anticipated to be a matter of weeks that turned into many months, the production will be given a second chance to return in spring 2022.
Lastly, Second Stage will close out the season with the return of the Pulitzer Prize-winning BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Guirgis' original collaborator, Austin Pendleton. Previously produced at Second Stage's Off-Broadway home to critical acclaim, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY will make its Broadway Premiere at the Hayes Theater in fall of 2022.
AT THE KISER
The inaugural Off-Broadway production of Second Stage Theater's 2021 - 2022 Season will feature the previously announced return of commissioned playwright Rajiv Joseph, whose play Animals Out of Paper was produced at Second Stage's Uptown space in 2008 featuring an origami whiz named Suresh. That character returns in the world premiere of LETTERS OF SURESH, a story of connection, directed by May Adrales in fall 2021 at the Kiser Theater.
The season will continue Off-Broadway with the world premiere comedy, a new play about chosen family, TO MY GIRLS, by Second Stage commissioned playwright JC Lee and directed by Stephen Brackett. Performances will begin at the Kiser Theater in spring of 2022.
Subscriptions are now available. To purchase a subscription, please visit 2ST.com or call 212-246-4422.
Single tickets will go on-sale in June 2021.
More information on the season's productions is below:
New York Premiere at Broadway's Hayes Theater
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey
In CLYDE'S, a stirring new play from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and her frequent collaborator, director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat), a truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at redemption. Even as the shop's callous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given purpose and permission to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich. You'll want a seat at the table for this funny, moving, and urgent play. It's an example of Nottage's "genius for bringing politically charged themes to life by embodying them in ordinary characters living ordinary lives" (The Wall Street Journal).
The full creative team for Clyde's includes scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Justin Ellington, original compositions by Justin Hicks and casting by The Telsey Office.
Clyde's is supported by the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and by Terry and Bob Lindsay, with additional support provided by American Express.
LYNN NOTTAGE's recent credits include the opera adaptation of Intimate Apparel (LCT), The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic). Upcoming: MJ (Broadway). Plays include Mlima's Tale, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Evening Standard Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Lortel, NY Drama Critics' Circle, AUDELCO, Drama Desk and OCC awards); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and NYDCC awards). TV: Writer/producer: She's Gotta Have It (Netflix). PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, Associate Professor at Columbia. An earlier version of Clyde's appeared at the Guthrie Theatre under the title, Floyd's in 2019.
KATE WHORISKEY: Broadway credits include Sweat at Studio 54, and The Miracle Worker at Circle in the Square. Off Broadway: All the Natalie Portmans (MTC), Songs for a New World (Encores Off Center), The Cardinal, How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club), Her Requiem (Lincoln Center Theatre), Aubergine, Fabulation and Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons), The Piano Teacher (Vineyard), among others. Regional credits Floyd's at The Guthrie, the Goodman, the Geffen, South Coast Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, the Huntington, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Arena among others. Her opera direction has been seen at the Mannes Opera: Britten's The Turn of the Screw, Chatelet in Paris and Teatro Municipal in Brazil.
TAKE ME OUT
At Broadway's Hayes Theater
By Richard Greenberg
Directed by Scott Ellis
In the Tony Award®-winning Take Me Out, playwright Richard Greenberg celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America's favorite pastime. When Darren Lemming, the star center fielder for the Empires, comes out of the closet, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory.
The full creative team for Take Me Out includes scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Mikaal Suiliman, and casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA.
Take Me Out is supported by grants from the Berlanti Family Foundation, the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
RICHARD GREENBERG is the author of The Babylon Line, The Assembled Parties (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Take Me Out (Tony Award for Best Play; Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award), The House in Town, The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist), The American Plan, and many other plays.
SCOTT ELLIS' recent Broadway credits include: Tootsie (2019 Tony Award nomination), as well as Kiss Me, Kate; She Loves Me (2016 Tony Award nomination); On the Twentieth Century; You Can't Take It With You (Tony nomination); The Elephant Man; The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony nomination); Harvey; Curtains (Tony nomination); The Little Dog Laughed (Drama League Award nomination); Twelve Angry Men (Tony nomination); The Man Who Had All the Luck; The Rainmaker; 1776 (Drama Desk Award and Tony nominations); Picnic (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination); Company; A Month in the Country; and Steel Pier (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Dada Woof Papa Hot; The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin; Gruesome Playground Injuries; Streamers; Good Boys and True; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; Flora, the Red Menace (Drama Desk nomination); And the World Goes 'Round (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), and The Waverly Gallery. His television credits include "Dr. Ken" (pilot), "Undateable" (pilot), "Two Broke Girls," "The Good Wife," "The Closer," "Weeds" (executive producer), "30 Rock" (Emmy Award nomination for Best Director), "Modern Family," Fox's "A Christmas Story Live." Mr. Ellis is Deputy Associate Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company.
BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
Broadway Premiere at Hayes Theater
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Austin Pendleton
City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed – and the Church won't leave him alone. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter "Pops" Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests and a final ultimatum in this Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy from Stephen Adly Guirgis. For Pops and Junior, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone – after a lifetime living Between Riverside and Crazy.
"It's a dizzying and excited place to be." hails The New York Times.
STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company. His award winning plays include: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, the Pulitzer Prize Winning, Between Riverside & Crazy, The Motherf**ker With The Hat, The Little Flower of East Orange, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped The A Train, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Den Of Thieves, and Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho. He also wrote, produced, and co-created the Netflix series "The Get Down." As an actor he can currently be seen in Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn, Jason Chaet's Seneca, "Russian Doll" on Netflix, and Adam McKay's upcoming "Untitled Lakers Project" on HBO.
AUSTIN PENDLETON has just now been seen on Broadway in The Minutes, by Tracy Letts, a play that will hopefully re-open in the not-too-distant future. Other Broadway appearances have been in Choir Boy (MTC), The Diary of Anne Frank (with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin), Mike Nichols' revival of The Little Foxes, Hail Scrawdyke (for which, under the direction of Alan Arkin, he won the Clarence Derwent Award) and Fiddler on the Roof (in the original cast, as Motel, the Tailor). He has acted extensively off-Broadway too: The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (by Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, the musical for which he won an Obie and a Drama Desk Award), Up from Paradise (the musical by Arthur Miller and Stanley Silverman), and many other shows, and off-off-Broadway, where he has played, for instance, "King Lear," "Richard the Third," and "Hamlet." He has acted in over 300 movies, and on TV in recurring roles in Oz, Homicide, and Law and Order. As a director, he has worked on Broadway (Tony nomination for directing The Little Foxes, starring Elizabeth Taylor), off-Broadway (several recent productions of Chekhov at CSC, including Three Sisters, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, for which he won an Obie, as well as Hamlet, starring Mr. Sarsgaard), and extensively in regional theaters, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he is a member of the Ensemble. He has written three plays (Orson's Shadow, Uncle Bob, Booth), all produced off-Broadway as well as extensively in regional theater and in Europe, as well as the libretto for A Minster's Wife, adapted from Shaw's play Candida and produced at Lincoln Center at the Newhouse Theater, as well as regionally. He teaches acting at HB Studio in New York City.
LETTERS OF SURESH
World Premiere at Off-Broadway's Kiser Theater
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by May Adrales
In LETTERS OF SURESH, playwright Rajiv Joseph reveals intimate mysteries through a series of letters between strangers, friends, daughters, and lovers — many with little in common but a hunger for human connection. ?Sending their hopes and dreams across oceans and years, they seek peace in one another while dreaming of a city once consumed by the scourge of war. ?A companion piece to Joseph's play Animals Out of Paper, LETTERS OF SURESH is the latest work from the Pulitzer Prize-short listed playwright hailed as "wonderfully daring, imaginative, and compassionate" (The New York Times).
The full creative team for Letters of Suresh includes scenic design by Mikiko Suzuki; costume design by Amy Clark; lighting design by Jiyoun Chang; sound design by Charles Coes & Nathan Roberts; projection design by Shawn Duan; casting by The Telsey Office.
Letters of Suresh is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. The play was commissioned with support from the Time Warner Foundation.
RAJIV JOSEPH's returns to Second Stage Theater, which has produced three of his plays: Animals Out of paper, All This Intimacy, and Gruesome Playground Injuries. His play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has twice won the Obie Award for Best New American Play, first in 2016 with Guards at the Taj (also a 2016 Lortel Winner for Best Play) and then in 2018, for Describe the Night. Other plays include Archduke, The Lake Effect, The North Pool and Mr. Wolf. Joseph has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He is a board member of the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, where he develops all his plays. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
MAY ADRALES is a director, artistic leader and teacher and has directed over 25 world premieres. She was recently named Artistic Director at the Lark. She was awarded the prestigious Theater Communications Group Alan Schneider 2018 award for freelance directors. She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women's Project Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and New York Theater Workshop directing fellow, and a recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship and Paul Green Directing Award. She proudly serves as an Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Rep. She is a former Director of On Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. May has directed and taught at Juilliard, Harvard/ART, ACT, Fordham, NYU and Bard College. May has served on faculty at the Yale School of Drama and Brown/Trinity MFA program. MFA, Yale School of Drama. Recent world premieres include Qui Nguyen's Lortel Award and Obie Award winning, Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep); Lauren Gunderson's Natural Shocks (WP Theater); Poor Yella Rednecks (MTC, South Coast Rep), Kemp Powers's Little Black Shadows (South Coast); Idris Goodwin's The Way The Mountain Moved (OSF); Chisa Hutchinson's Somebody's Daughter (Second Stage Theater) and The Wedding Gift (Contemporary American Theater Festival); JC Lee's Luce (LCT3); A. Rey Pamatmat's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (ATL) and after all the terrible things I do (Milwaukee Rep); Thomas Bradshaw's Mary (The Goodman). Her work has been seen at Signature Theater, Lincoln Center, Second Stage Theater, Atlantic Theater, Portland Center Stage and Cleveland Playhouse. (www.mayadrales.net)
TO MY GIRLS
World Premiere at Off-Broadway's Kiser Theater
By JC Lee
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Is there anything more fabulous than Palm Springs after the end of the world? For one tight group of gay men, a post-pandemic getaway is the perfect chance to reunite, reclaim their time and replace the gloom with some gossip. But as soon as the drinks start pouring, truths start spilling and this chosen family quickly realizes the world has changed. So, here's to navigating evolving friendships and getting things straight...kind of.
To My Girls is a Donna and Ben M. Rosen Commission.
JC LEE writes for theatre, film and television. He co-wrote and executive produced the critically-acclaimed "Luce" (based on his play which premiered at Lincoln Center in 2013) starring Octavia Spencer and Naomi Watts and premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. His plays include What You Are (Old Globe), Relevance (MCC), warplay (New Conservatory Theatre Center, SF) and Pookie Goes Grenading (Azuka Theatre, PHL). He's received commissions and fellowships from the Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theater, The National New Play Network and the Playwright's Realm. His television credits include Hulu's "Love, Victor," Apple TV+'s "The Morning Show," ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder," and both "Looking" and "Girls" on HBO. He's currently working on the film adaptations of the short story Friday Black for Universal and the Thai film Bad Genius, along with a limited series adaptation of the novel "A Density of Souls" by Christopher Rice. JC is a graduated of the Julliard School.
STEPHEN BRACKETT: Broadway: The Lightning Thief (Longacre Theater), Be More Chill (Lyceum Theater). Off-Broadway: A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons/ 2019 Obie Award/2019 Drama Desk Award), Be More Chill (Signature and Two River Theaters), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Theaterworks USA/National Tour), Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick and Barrow Street Theaters/National Tour/London's Menier Chocolate Factory), Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater), Caroline McGraw's Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73), Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik's Wringer (NYCCT), Lucas Kavner's Carnival Kids (Lesser America), Ken Urban's The Correspondent (Rattlestick), Chad Beckim's After (Partial Comfort), Dan Fishback's The Material World (Dixon Place), Bekah Brunstetter's Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), and The Tenant (Woodshed Collective). Regional: Fall Spings (Barrington Stage), Joshua Harmon's Significant Other (Geffen Playhouse), Tasha Gordon-Solmon's I Now Pronounce (Humana Festival), Philip Dawkins' Le Switch (About Face), David West Read's The Great Pretender (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley).
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ABOUT SECOND STAGE THEATER
Under the artistic direction of Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATER operates three New York City venues, exclusively dedicated to producing living American playwrights. Second Stage's first season on Broadway at The Hayes Theater included Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, directed by Trip Cullman (Tony nominee for Best Revival of Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role, Michael Cera and Brian Tyree Henry) and Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee and directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Among Second Stage's 180 productions are the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis; the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes; Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts; The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown; Dogfight by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Peter Duchan; Dear Evan Hansen by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; Trust and Lonely, I'm Not by Paul Weitz; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz; Everyday Rapture and Whorl Inside a Loop by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy and Notes From the Field by Anna Deavere Smith; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Torch Song by Harvey Fierstein; Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; Jitney by August Wilson; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo's Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan; Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; and Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee.
The company's more than 130 citations include six 2017 Tony Awards for Dear Evan Hansen (Best Musical; Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Ben Platt; Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Rachel Bay Jones; Best Book of a Musical; Best Original Score; Best Orchestrations); the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley, Next to Normal), Best Score (Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal), and Best Orchestrations (Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin, Next to Normal); the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed); the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, ...Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, ...Spelling Bee); the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses); the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 31 Obie Awards, 15 Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Clarence Derwent Awards, 14 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 20 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 23 AUDELCO Awards.
In 1999, Second Stage Theater opened The Tony Kiser Theater, its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theater, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. In 2002, Second Stage launched "Second Stage Theater Uptown" to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the 99 seat McGinn/Cazale Theater. The Theater supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs. In 2018, Second Stage began producing at its 589 seat Broadway home, The Hayes Theater. Originally named "The Little Theater" and built in 1912, the city landmark has been remodeled by David Rockwell of Rockwell Group.
Second Stage Theater's programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
For more information, please visit www.2ST.com
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