NOW - March 3, 2024
Itâ€™s 1962, just outside of D.C., and matriarch Phyllis (Jessica Lange) is supervising her teenage children, Carl (Jim Parsons) and Martha (Celia Keenan-Bolger), as they move into a new apartment. Phyllis has strong ideas about what her children need to do and be to succeed, and woe be the child who finds their own path. Bolstered by gin and cigarettes, the family endures â€” or survives â€” the changing world around them. Blending flares of imaginative theatricality, surreal farce, and deep tenderness, this beautiful roller coaster ride reveals timeless truths of love, family, and forgiveness.
TONY KISER THEATER
January 31 - February 25
On the Evolutionary Function of Shame
February 26Â at 6:30pm
The Good Guys
March 4Â at 6:30pm
March 11Â at 6:30pm
Weâ€™re thrilled to announce Second Stage Theaterâ€™s first-ever Next Stage Festival! The Festival formalizes our commitment to early-career playwrights, and creates a home for new work right here in midtown. If youâ€™re a fan of boundary-breaking new theater, youâ€™ll want to join us for Next Stage Festival. It all happens this winter at the Tony Kiser Theater.
The centerpiece of Next Stage Festival is the Festival Production, a world-premiere, limited-run production of The Apiary by Kate Douglas. Plus, the Nancy Denovan Musical Reading and the Judith Champion Reading Series offer one-night-only readings of new works by early-career playwrights.
Second Stage members and subscribers receive priority access to the Next Stage Festival.Â The Nancy Denovan Musical Reading and The Judith Champion Reading Series are complimentary, though seats must be reserved in advance.Â
THE NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL is made possible in part by the New American Voices Fund, which was established in 2016 by a lead gift from David Stone.Â
The Judith Champion Reading Series is funded by a grant from the estate of Judith Champion and Mel Litoff.
JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 25
BY KATE DOUGLASÂ
DIRECTED BYÂ KATE WHORISKEY
22 years in the future, two lab assistants hatch a plan that could change the world. All they need are a few volunteers.Â
A raucous and provocative world premiere by Kate Douglas about sacrifice, ambition, and honeybees, directed by Kate Whoriskey (Clyde's).
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16
BOOK BY JEREMY J. KING
MUSIC & LYRICS BY SAM SALMOND
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY DAVID B. FEINBERG
DIRECTED BY KEVIN NEWBURYÂ
New York City used to be a party town, but 1986 finds everyone paralyzed with fear of AIDS. Everyone, that is, except BJ Rosenthal, whoâ€™s determined to keep the party going. When an ex-lover becomes ill, BJ is forced to face the nightmare enveloping him and redefine his life. Based on the celebrated novel of its time and set to a soaring pop score pulsating with joy and heart wrenching melodies, Eighty-Sixed unearths an epidemic that shook the world to reveal a communityâ€™s ferocious fight to reclaim its future.
Â JUDITH CHAMPION READING SERIES
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26Â ATÂ 6:30PM
ON THE EVOLUTIONARY FUNCTION OF SHAME
BYÂ D.A. MINDELL
DIRECTED BY JESS MCLEOD
In the beginning, God created Adam 1 and Eve 1.Â
In the near-present, Adam 2 is a trans man, carrying a baby with his partner. Following a miscarriage, his twin sister, Eve 2, offers to perform his prenatal care through her neonatal genetics lab. When Adam 2 discovers the insidious nature of her research, their relationships and their beliefs are thrown into turmoil.Â
MONDAY, MARCH 4 AT 6:30PM
THE GOOD GUYS
BYÂ SARAH MANTELL
DIRECTED BY MEI ANN TEO
When AarĂłn joins a Connecticut group of Civil War reenactors, he is horrified to discover that visiting troops get to play as Union soldiers while he is forced to fight in Confederate uniform. When the unitâ€™s leadership is usurped and gender, racial, and sexual identities come to light, the group must find a way to unite so they can finally fight as the North. A play about tents, spooning, queer romance, and the lengths we go to think of ourselves as the good guys.Â
MONDAY, MARCH 11 AT 6:30PM
BYÂ KAELA MEI-SHING GARVIN
DIRECTED BY ANNIE TIPPE
Tiger Beat follows 2003 pop group Girls Next Door on their rise to teen stardom. As the band juggles choreography, awards shows, and crushes on teen heartthrobs, singer/songwriter Tess navigates her Asian American identity within the framework of the entertainment industry.â€ŻAâ€Żplay with musicâ€Żandâ€Ża coming-of-age story about pop stardom, questionable 2003 fashion choices, and finding one's place through art.
THE NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL is made possible in part by the New American Voices Fund, which was established in 2016 by a lead gift from David Stone.
The Judith Champion Reading Series is funded by a grant from the Judith Champion Charitable Fund and Mel Litoff.
The Nancy Denovan Musical Reading is funded by a grant from Christopher and David R. Murray.
New Play Development at Second Stage is supported by a grant from the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.Â Second Stage Theaterâ€™s programs are made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. This season is supported by a grant from the Howard Gilman Foundation.