By BRUCE NORRIS
Directed by MICHAEL GREIF
If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on with your life? That is the question facing Bee who, much to Jay’s confusion, can click through different moments in her life with the touch of a remote control. Past, present and future collide in this sharp existential comedy that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don’t have the power to change.
This production is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
JUAN CASTANO (JJ). Theatre: Transfer (NYSAF), The Sibling Play (Cherry Lane Theatre), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Atlantic Stage 2), La Nina Que Moria a Cada Rato (NYC Spanish Rep.), Tigers Be Still (Drilling Co.), Minotaur (Drama League DirectorFest). TV: “The OA” (Netflix), “Shades of Blue” (NBC), “Elementary” (CBS), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “Blue Bloods” (CBS). Film: Wilde Wedding, Blue Angel, Lost Cat Corona and My First Miracle.
ANITA GILLETTE (Bee2/Bee3/Bee4) is probably best known as Miss Mona in Moonstruck, or Miss Mitzi in Shall We Dance; her other feature films include The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Boys On The Side, Larger Than Life, She’s the One, The Guru, Bob Roberts, The Great New Wonderful. She has starred in fourteen Broadway shows including: Chapter Two (Tony Nomination, LA Drama Critics Award), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Carnival, Gypsy, Guys & Dolls, Don’t Drink the Water, All American, Kelly, Jimmy, They’re Playing Our Song, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mr. President. Off Broadway and Regional: A Confederacy of Dunces (IRNE nom), The Big Meal (Lortel Award nom.), Love, Loss & What I Wore, The Seagull, She Loves Me, Shirley Valentine, Skin of Our Teeth, Juno, Rich & Famous, Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest (in rep at the Mark Taper Forum), Flamingo Court, My Fair Lady, Sweet Bird of Youth (with Joanne Woodward), The Great Waltz (recorded for Capitol), Knickerbocker Holiday (with Burt Lancaster). She was Tina Fey’s mother on “30 Rock”, a series regular on “Quincy”, “Almost Grown” (by David Chase), “The War at Home”, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”, “Me & the Chimp”, “Normal Ohio”, “The Baxters”, “All That Glitters” for Norman Lear and recurring roles on “CSI” and “Law & Order”. Episodic work: “Chicago Med”, “Modern Family”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “Sex & the City”, “Cold Case”, “Women’s Murder Club”, “Frasier”, “Mad About You”. She has been on every major game show including “Pyramid”, “Password”, “Match Game”, “To Tell the Truth”, “What’s My Line”, etc. She was a foil for Johnny Carson for at least 50 “Tonight” shows. She won both MAC and BISTRO awards for her one woman show After All. She has performed at Birdland, Feinstein’s, 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Cape May Playhouse, Germano’s, and London’s St. James and Pheasantry. She has sung with the New York Philharmonic, The Mississippi Philharmonic, and made her Carnegie Hall debut just a few years ago in Song of Norway.
CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER (Bee) most recently appeared in this season's Broadway production The Cherry Orchard at The Roundabout Theatre. She is best known for her performances on Broadway as Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, and Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She received Tony Award Nominations for all three roles. Off Broadway she has appeared in The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center, Bachelorette at Second Stage, and A Small Fire at Playwrights Horizons. Recently, she played guest star roles in notable TV series such as “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Louie.”
STEPHEN KUNKEN (Jay). Broadway: David Halberstam in The Columnist, Father Michael Delpapp in High, Andy Fastow in Enron (Tony Award Nominee - Best Supporting Actor), Tom Stoppard's Rock n Roll, Frost/Nixon (Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Nominations), Festen, Proof. Off- Broadway: An American Daughter (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Apple Family Plays (Public Theater) (Drama Critics Special Citation Outstanding Ensemble), Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater), Rx (Primary Stages), Lost in the Stars (Encores), Our Town (Barrow Street), Our House (Playwrights Horizons), A Very Common Procedure (MCC, Drama League Nomination), Fabulation (Playwrights Horizons), The Story (Public Theater), A Dybbuk (Public Theater), Arrangements (Atlantic Theater Co.), Henry VIII (NYSF), Misalliance (Roundabout). Regional includes Walk on the Moon (NY Stage and Film), Noises Off (Dorset Theatre Festival), Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown), True West (Williamstown), Three Sisters (Williamstown), Mister Roberts (Kennedy Center), Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Television: Strong recurring roles on “Billions” and “The Affair”. His credits also include “The Handmaids Tale”, “Unforgettable”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “The Good Wife”, “Gossip Girl”, “The Unusuals”, “New Amsterdam”, all of the “L&O’s”, “The Sopranos”, and ”Spin City”. Film: Jason Bourne, Cafe Society, Bridge of Spies, Custody, Still Alice, Wolf of Wall Street, A Birders Guide to Everything, The Bay, Price Check, Passing Harold Blumenthal, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, All Good Things, Taking Woodstock, Girl in the Park, Wait till This Year, Light/Sufferer, Bamboozled. Juilliard Graduate. 2004 Fox Fellowship recipient.
BRUCE NORRIS (Playwright) is the author of the Clybourne Park, which won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2010, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011, and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Other plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004), The Unmentionables (2006) and The Qualms (2014), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago. Recent productions include The Low Road (2013 at the Royal Court Theater (London), Domesticated which premiered in 2013 at Lincoln Center Theater, and The Qualms at Playwrights Horizons in 2015.
MICHAEL GREIF (Director) returns to Second Stage Theater where he staged Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul’s Dear Evan Hansen, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal and Howard Korder’s Boys’ Life. Broadway credits include current productions of War Paint and Dear Evan Hansen; If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and LaChanze; Next to Normal; Grey Gardens; Rent (Tony Award nominations) and Never Gonna Dance. At the Delacorte, The Tempest, Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet. Off-Broadway credits include new plays, musicals and revivals at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Shakespeare Festival/Public, NYTW, Roundabout, and Signature, including Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, the 2010 revival of Angels in America (Lortel Award), Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide … (Public), Guare's Landscape of the Body (Signature) and musical adaptations of Giant (Public) and Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). He received Obie Awards for Machinal and Dogeaters (Public) and for Rent (NYTW). Regional credits include Williamstown (nine seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Center Stage, Goodman, Guthrie, CTG/Taper, DTC and Trinity Rep. Education: Northwestern (BS), UCSD (MFA).
“Fascinating, compelling, smart and uncompromising... it makes your head spin in all the right ways.” – Chicago Tribune
“Highly entertaining and exceptionally thought-provoking comedy.” – Variety