PERFORMANCE DATES

NOW - March 3, 2024

WHERE

Hayes Theater

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BY

BRANDEN JACOBS-JENKINS

DIRECTED BY

LILA NEUGEBAUER

WITH
GRAHAM CAMPBELL, LINCOLN COHEN, MICHAEL ESPER,
ELLE FANNING, NATALIE GOLD, ALYSSA EMILY MARVIN,
SARAH PAULSON, EVERETT SOBERS, COREY STOLL
Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Drama Desk Award winner Lila Neugebauer invite you to one helluva reunion in this darkly comic American family drama. 

It’s summer, the cicadas are singing, and the Lafayette family has returned to their late patriarch’s Arkansas home to deal with the remains of his estate. Toni (Sarah Paulson), the eldest daughter, hopes they’ll spend the weekend remembering and reconnecting over their beloved father. Bo (Corey Stoll), her brother, wants to recoup some of the funds he spent caring for Dad at the end of his life. But things take a turn when their estranged brother, Franz, appears late one night, and mysterious objects are discovered among the clutter. Suddenly, long-hidden secrets and buried resentments can’t be contained, and the family is forced to face the ghosts of their past.
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THE APIARY

BY

KATE DOUGLAS

DIRECTED BY

KATE WHORISKEY

WITH 
STEPHANIE CROUSILLAT, CARMEN M. HERLIHY, TAYLOR SCHILLING, NIMENE WUREH, KARA YOUNG

 

22 years in the future, two lab assistants hatch a plan that could change the world. All they need are a few volunteers. A raucous and provocative world premiere by Kate Douglas about sacrifice, ambition, and honeybees, directed by Kate Whoriskey (Clyde’s).

The Apiary and 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.

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THE APIARY

BY

KATE DOUGLAS

DIRECTED BY

KATE WHORISKEY

WITH 
STEPHANIE CROUSILLAT, CARMEN M. HERLIHY, TAYLOR SCHILLING, NIMENE WUREH, KARA YOUNG

 

22 years in the future, two lab assistants hatch a plan that could change the world. All they need are a few volunteers. A raucous and provocative world premiere by Kate Douglas about sacrifice, ambition, and honeybees, directed by Kate Whoriskey (Clyde’s).

The Apiary and 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.

 
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PERFORMANCE DATES

April 2024

WHERE

Hayes Theater

 
APRIL 2024 – HAYES THEATER

MOTHER PLAY

BY

PAULA VOGEL

DIRECTED BY

TINA LANDAU


WITH
CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER, JESSICA LANGE, JIM PARSONS
Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) has written a bitingly funny and unflinchingly honest new play about the hold our family has over us and the surprises we find when we unpack the past.

It’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 — or survives — 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.
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The Apiary

January 31 - February 25

On the Evolutionary Function of Shame
February 26 at 6:30pm

The Good Guys
March 4 at 6:30pm

Tiger Beat
March 11 at 6:30pm

JANUARY-MARCH – TONY KISER THEATER

2ST NEXT STAGE FESTIVAL

NEW WORKS BY KATE DOUGLAS, JEREMY J. KING, SAM SALMOND, D.A. MINDELL, SARAH MANTELL, AND KAELA MEI-SHING GARVIN

We’re thrilled to announce Second Stage Theater’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 you’re a fan of boundary-breaking new theater, you’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. The Nancy Denovan Musical Reading and The Judith Champion Reading Series are complimentary, though seats must be reserved in advance. 

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 estate of Judith Champion and Mel Litoff.

 


THE FESTIVAL PRODUCTION 

JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 25

THE APIARY 

BY KATE DOUGLAS 
DIRECTED BY 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. 

A raucous and provocative world premiere by Kate Douglas about sacrifice, ambition, and honeybees, directed by Kate Whoriskey (Clyde's).


NANCY DENOVAN MUSICAL READING

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

EIGHTY-SIXED

BOOK BY JEREMY J. KING
MUSIC & LYRICS BY SAM SALMOND
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY DAVID B. FEINBERG
DIRECTED BY KEVIN NEWBURY 

 

New York City used to be a party town, but 1986 finds everyone paralyzed with fear of AIDS. Everyone, that is, except BJ Rosenthal, who’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 community’s ferocious fight to reclaim its future.


 JUDITH CHAMPION READING SERIES

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 AT 6:30PM

ON THE EVOLUTIONARY FUNCTION OF SHAME

BY D.A. MINDELL
DIRECTED BY JESS MCLEOD


In the beginning, God created Adam 1 and Eve 1. 

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. 


MONDAY, MARCH 4 AT 6:30PM

THE GOOD GUYS

BY SARAH MANTELL
DIRECTED BY MEI ANN TEO


When Aarón 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 unit’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. 


MONDAY, MARCH 11 AT 6:30PM

TIGER BEAT

BY 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. A play with music and a 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. Second Stage Theater’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.

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PERFORMANCE DATES

Begins May 15, 2024

WHERE

Tony Kiser Theater 

BEGINS MAY 15 / TONY KISER THEATER

BREAKING THE STORY

BY

ALEXIS SCHEER

DIRECTED BY

JO BONNEY 

 

As a foreign war correspondent, Marina has put her life on the line to illuminate the darkest corners of humanity. Having just returned from a particularly bloody conflict, she flirts with staying home for good—alongside her cameraman turned lover. With her closest friends and family gathered on the eve of her lifetime achievement award ceremony, she decides to cap this glorious moment with an elopement. But as Marina tries to take hold of her life, she’s forced to reckon with the hold war has on her. 

BREAKING THE STORY is a darkly funny and fiery drama about the cost of war and the audacity of those frontliners armed with only a press badge.