Now playing through October 24
90 minutes with no intermission
InÂ Letters of Suresh, playwrightÂ Rajiv JosephÂ reveals intimate mysteries through a series of letters between strangers, friends, daughters, and lovers â€” many with little in common but a hunger for human connection. â€‹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. â€‹A companion piece to Josephâ€™s playÂ Animals Out of Paper,Â Letters of Suresh, directed byÂ May Adrales, is the latest work from the Pulitzer Prize-short listed playwright hailed as â€śwonderfully daring, imaginative, and compassionateâ€ť (The New York Times).Â
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.
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.Â 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.
is a director, artistic leader and teacher and has directed over 25 world premieres. Her work has been seen at Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Signature Theater, LCT3, The Public Theater, WP, NYTW, OSF, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep and South Coast Rep. Fellowships and awards include: The Drama League, Van Lier, Alan Schneider, Lortel, TCG New Generations, SDC Denham, and Paul Green Directing Award. Currently, she serves as Artistic Director at The Lark and has held leadership roles at Milwaukee Rep, The Playwrights Center, The Public Theater and TCG. Â May has directed and taught at Juilliard,Â Harvard/ART, ACT,Â Fordham, NYU, Brown and Yale School of Drama.Â (www.mayadrales.net)Â Â
Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles. Off-Broadway: The Great Leap (Atlantic), Sugar House (Ma-Yi), Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest (Pearl), House of Bernarda Alba (NAATCO). Regional: Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare on the Sound), Strike-Slip (ATL: Humana Festival). Television: â€śRaising Dion,â€ť â€śNeXt,â€ť â€śThe Path,â€ť â€śOrange is the New Black,â€ť â€śThe Other Two,â€ť â€śBillions,â€ť â€śSocial Distance,â€ť â€śThe Breaks,â€ť â€śSupernatural,â€ť â€śNurse Jackie,â€ť â€śBlue Bloods,â€ť â€śBenders,â€ť â€śBlack Box,â€ť â€śWhite Collar,â€ť â€śLouie,â€ť â€śLaw & Order: SVU.â€ť Film: Lucky Grandma, Landline, Girl in the Book, Liberal Arts.
is thrilled to be returning to Second Stage where he was last seen in Eurydice.Â Other Off Broadway: Betrayed (Culture Project), All That I Will Ever Be (NYTW). Los Angeles credits: Guards at The Taj, Mysterious Circumstances (Geffen), VicuĂ±a (Kirk Douglas), Archduke (Taper). He was a creator and star of the hit musical The Unfortunates at OSF and A.C.T. He can be seen in Synchronic, a top film on iTunes and Netflix in 2021, as well as appearing on â€śShamelessâ€ť, â€śKiddingâ€ť, â€śModern Familyâ€ť, â€śYoung Sheldonâ€ť, â€śNCISâ€ť, â€śSEAL Teamâ€ť, and others.
Broadway: The Coast of Utopia, Twentieth Century, â€śQ.E.D.â€ť, Judgment at Nuremberg, Present Laughter, Buried Child. Drama Desk nominations for Women Without Men (The Mint) and Sleeping Rough (Page 73.) Lortel nomination for The Savannah Disputation (Playwrights Horizons.) At Second Stage: Mary Page Marlowe, Animals Out of Paper, and Good Boys and True. Film & TV include: Imitation Girl, Thatâ€™s What She Said (screenwriter), Sweet and Lowdown, Outbreak, â€śTommyâ€ť, â€śFBIâ€ť, "Blindspot", â€śBlue Bloodsâ€ť, â€ś30 Rockâ€ť, and â€śThe Good Wife." Kellie is the Executive Director of AisFor.org, an Eastern Principal Councilor at Actors Equity Association, and a founding member of FairWageOnstage.org.
has numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV and film appearances to his credit. Prior to the pandemic shutdown, he was in Michael Friedmanâ€™s Unknown Soldier which opened on March 9, 2020 off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. Since then he accumulated many remote digital credits in plays, musicals, concerts and works in development as well as teaching a popular course in â€śActing on Zoom.â€ť Letters of Suresh will be his fourth production with Second Stage, following In a Pigâ€™s Valise and Baba Goya (1989) and Superhero (2019). For more details and credits please visit thomsesma.com and on Instagram @thsesma.
MIKIKO SUZUKI (SCENIC DESIGN)
Originally from Kobe-city, Japan. Based in NYC: Native land of Munsee Lenape,Â Her work has been seen Off Broadway and regional theatres all around the U.S. and in Japan. As an Associate set designer, she has worked on several Broadway, West End and National tours includingÂ My Fair LadyÂ andÂ the King and I. For her full credits, please visitÂ mikikosmacadams.com. Currently, she is a faculty member of Geffen Drama School at Yale.
AMY CLARK (COSTUME DESIGN)
Broadway: A Night With Janis Joplin, Chaplin (Drama Desk, Outer Criticâ€™s Circle Nominations). Selected designs: Becoming Nancy (Alliance Theater), Clueless (Signature Theater), The Music Man (Kennedy Center), Describe The Night (Atlantic Theater), Romy and Micheleâ€™s High School Re-union (Fifth Ave. Theater), Big Apple Circus (Lincoln Center), Blind Date (Goodman Theater), Heathers, Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, City Center Encores, Cleveland Playhouse, Alley Theater, Hartford Stage Co., Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, The MUNY, Actors Theater of Louisville.
JIYOUN CHANG (LIGHTING DESIGN)
Credits: Merry Wives (Delacorte '21), Slave Play (Golden Theatre, NYTW), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (The Public), Anatomy of Suicide, Eddie and Dave (ATC), Marys Seacole, Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, Brownsville Song (LCT3), Roundabout, NYTW, BAM, MCC, Signature, Guggenheim, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes, Guthrie, The Old Globe, OSF, Studio Theatre. Tony Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination, Henry Hewes Design Awards Nomination, TBA Nomination, Obie Award. MFA Yale School of Drama.
CHARLES COES (SOUND DESIGN AND ORIGINAL MUSIC)
New York: Sing St. (NYTW), For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday (Playwrights), Robber Bridegroom (MTC), Natural Shocks (WP), Servant of Two Masters (TFANA), Julius Cesar & Macbeth (Acting Co). Tour: Into the Woods (Fiasco/Networks), Peter and the Starcatcher (Phoenix), An Iliad (Homerâ€™s Coat). Regional: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Portland Stage Company, Saint Louis Rep, Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep, Berkeley Rep, Two River, Baltimore Center Stage, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, The Guthrie, Dallas Theater Center, Yale Rep, The Old Globe and more.
NATHAN A ROBERTS (SOUND DESIGN AND ORIGINAL MUSIC)
is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, instrument-maker, and sound designer who specializes in creating original music and soundscapes for plays.Â Off Broadway:Â WP Theater: Natural Shocks;Â TFANA:Â The Servant of Two Masters; The Acting Company:Â Julius Caesar,Â Macbeth; The Playwrights Realm:Â Crane Story,Â Dramatis Personae.Â Regional:Â Oregon Shakespeare Festival:Â TheÂ Way the Mountain Moved;Â Baltimore Center Stage:Â The Christians, Les Liaisons Dangereuses;Â Milwaukee Rep:Â Animal Farm;Â Dallas Theater Center/Guthrie Theater:Â Sense and Sensibility; The Old Globe:Â Tokyo Fish Story; Yale Rep:Â Assassins,Â Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
SHAWN DUAN (PROJECTION DESIGN)
is a New York-based Projections/Media Designer. Broadway: Chinglish. New York: the MET Museum, and The Public Theater. Regional: Arena Stage, The Alliance, Berkeley Repertory, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Guthrie, The MUNY, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory, and South Coast Repertory. Opera: New York City Opera. Tour/Concert work include: An Evening with Pacino (US/international), HK Arts Festival, various US tours and Las Vegas shows/concerts. Film/video: VFX Supervisor on the indie feature film 16 Bars (2020).
ONE YEAR LATER:Â A CONVERSATION WITH
PLAYWRIGHT RAJIV JOSEPH & DIRECTOR MAY ADRALES
The pandemic devasted an industry that was otherwise thriving. What does it mean for Playwrights and Directors whose work was about to premiere?
Join Playwright Rajiv Joseph (Animals out of Paper, Gruesome Playground Injuries) and Director May Adrales (Somebodyâ€™s Daughter) as they talk about navigating a postponed production of "Letters of Suresh" which is scheduled to premiere at the Tony Kiser Theater this year. Hosted by arts journalist Ruthie Fierberg.