CASTING ANNOUNCED for Lynn Nottage's CLYDE'S on Broadway
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:04 pm EDT 07/12/21






July 12, 2021 -- Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, President & Artistic Director; Khady Kamara, Executive Director) has announced casting for its upcoming production of Lynn Nottage's new play, CLYDE'S.

The production will feature three-time Emmy Award-winner Uzo Aduba (In Treatment, Orange is the New Black), two-time Emmy Award-winner Ron Cephas Jones (This is Us, Truth Be Told, Between Riverside and Crazy), Reza Salazar (Sweat), and Kara Young (Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven). Directed by Kate Whoriskey, CLYDE'S will begin previews on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 and officially open on Monday, November 22, 2021 at Second Stage's Broadway home, The Hayes Theater (240 West 44th street). A fifth role remains to be cast.

In CLYDE'S, a stirring and funny 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, Clyde (played by Aduba), 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 humorous, 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'Sis being presented in collaboration with Be Forward Productions and One Community. The production 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. World Premiere by the Guthrie Theater. Originally commissioned by Joe Dowling and produced by Joseph Haj, Artistic Directors.


Single tickets for CLYDE'S are on sale today, July 12th at 2ST.com or by calling 212-541-4516.

Second Stage will open their fall season at the Tony Kiser Theater with LETTERS OF SURESH by Rajiv Joseph, directed by May Adrales. Tickets are also on sale today.

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). Letters of Suresh is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. The production is supported by a grant from the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation. The play was commissioned with support from the Time Warner Foundation.

$30 tickets for both plays are available to people aged 30 and under with valid ID.

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.


UZO ADUBA is?an?award-winning?actress whose work spans television, film, and theatre.??Currently, Aduba can be seen in the critically acclaimed, Emmy®-winning drama series, In Treatment, on HBO and HBO Max, and in the Amazon Studios' anthology series, Solos. She is perhaps most recognized for her role as Crazy Eyes on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, for which she won two Emmy Awards. She is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role. Her third Emmy Award win was for portraying Shirley Chisholm in the Hulu miniseries Mrs. America.

On stage, Aduba made her Broadway debut in Coram Boy in 2007, followed by the hit musical revival of Godspell in 2011. A graduate of Boston University School of Fine Arts, Aduba appeared at Boston's Huntington Theatre and A.R.T. where she received the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress in a Play. She made her West End Theatre debut in Jean Genet's The Maids, directed by Jamie Lloyd and co-starring Laura Carmichael and Zawe Ashton. Aduba was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in the Kennedy Center/Olney Theater production of Translations of Xhosa. Other theater credits include Dessa Rose at the New Repertory Theatre, Turnado: Rumble for the Ring at the Bay Street Theater, and Abyssinia at the Goodspeed Theatre. Aduba also appeared in the NBC Live production of The Wiz, which also featured Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Amber Riley, and David Alan Grier.

Her film credits include American Pastoral (2016), Showing Roots (2016), My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), Candy Jar (2018) and Miss Virginia (2019). She recently signed a multi-year producing deal with CBS Studios, and will star in and executive produce a new drama series titled Low Country alongside Robert and Michelle King. She will soon begin production on Netflix's limited series Painkillers opposite Matthew Broderick.

RON CEPHAS JONES is best known for his Emmy-winning, and three-time nominated, performance as William on the hit series, This is Us. Ron's other acclaimed television work includes starring opposite Octavia Spencer in Apple's thriller drama series, Truth Be Told. Ron can also be seen in Hulu's Looking for Alaska; as the scene-stealing inspiration for Dolemite in the Netflix film opposite Eddie Murphy; and in Lisey's Story opposite Julianne Moore for Apple. His other powerful television work includes Luke Cage, Mr. Robot and The Get Down. Upcoming he will appear in the second season of Truth Be Told.

With Second Stage Theater, Ron has appeared in the acclaimed production of Between Riverside and Crazy at the Kiser and in Wildflower at 2ST Uptown. His many other stage credits include Of Mice and Men (Broadway), Prometheus Bound (Getty Villa), Head of Passes (Steppenwolf), Hurt Village, Two Trains Running (Signature); Titus Andronicus, Satellites (NYSF); Ajax (ART); As You Like It, The Tempest (BAM/Old Vic London); The Overwhelming (Roundabout); The Wooden Breeks (MCC); The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Alliance); Richard III (Public Theater, NY); The Exonerated; Othello (Royal Theatre, London); Our Lady of 121st Street; Jesus Hopped the A Train (LABryinth); Storefront Church (Atlantic Theater).

REZA SALAZAR began his acting career as a child in Latin America, working with his mother as clowns. Broadway: Sweat (Studio 54). Off-Broadway: Richard II, Mobile Unit's The Tempest, Oedipus El Rey (Public Theater) My Mañana Comes (Lortel Award Nomination). He appeared regionally in the world premiere of Floyd's by Lynn Nottage (Guthrie Theatre), Sweat (Arena Stage). His TV credits include: "The Accidental Wolf," (Topic) "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Daredevil," (Netflix) "The Blacklist," "Believe," "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC), "Louie," (FX) "The Knick," (Cinemax). Reza's film credits include: The Imperialists Are Still Alive, See Girl Run, The Inquisition of Camilo Sanz. Reza is also a musician who has performed in venues such as Joe's Pub at The Public Theater.

KARA YOUNG, making her Broadway debut, earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her starring role in the MCC Theater play, All The Natalie Portmans. Other theater credits include Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven, The New Englanders, Syncing Ink, and Pretty Hunger. On screen she starred in the winner of Sundance 2018's Short Film Jury Awards US Fiction, Hair Wolf, and was featured on HBO's "Random Acts of Flyness" as well as the Amazon feature, Chemical Hearts.

LYNN NOTTAGE's relationship with Second Stage Theater began in 1995 with the 2ST-commissioned production of her play, Crumbs From the Table of Joy, followed by the world premiere production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark in 2011. Nottage's recent credits include The Watering Hole, co-created with Miranda Haymon (Signature Theater), and The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic). Upcoming: MJ (Broadway) and the opera adaptation of her play Intimate Apparel (LCT). Plays include Mlima's Tale; Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Evening Standard Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); 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. Ms. Whoriskey's previous Second Stage productions include Cardinal and How I Learned to Drive. Other Off Broadway: All the Natalie Portmans (MTC), Songs for a New World (Encores Off Center), Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club), Her Requiem (Lincoln Center), Aubergine, Fabulation and Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons), The Piano Teacher (Vineyard), among others. Regional credits include productions 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.


Second Stage Theater's upcoming 42nd season will continue its mission as a theater company exclusively dedicated to producing living American playwrights.

Following this production of CLYDE'S, The Hayes Theater will 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.

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.

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.


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 180productions 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; Grand Horizons by Bess Wohl; 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 ReginaTaylor; 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, 29 Obie Awards, eight Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Clarence Derwent Awards, 13 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 581 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.

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