Season 26, 2004-2005
Second Stage show archives:




By Craig Lucas

Directed by Mark Brokaw

With Carson Elrod, Olga Merediz, Debra Monk, Michael O'Keefe, Mary-Louise Parker, Rosie Perez, Thomas Sadoski

Scenic Design by Allen Moyer
Costume Design by Michael Krass
Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind
Original Music and Sound Design by David van Tieghem
Production Stage Manager James Fitzsimmons
Stage Manager Jill Cordle

Co-produced with Manhattan Theatre Club

"Mary-Louise Parker is incandescent. Wearing the most dangerous smile on Broadway, she wraps an entire theater in a blanket of giddiness. A natural, full-strength star, she gives a big comic performance. She's happy. We're happy. We may just all float away together. Reckless is beguiling, Craig Lucas at his best."- Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Fresh, funny & poignant!" - Elysa Gardner, USA Today

"A sweet mix of whimsy and wit. Michael O'Keefe is superb. Rosie Perez is exuberant and warm." - Roma Torre, NY1 News

"Directed by Mark Brokaw, Reckless is a nifty, fantastic dream, unexpectedly moving and kicking up laughs like crazy. Debra Monk is wonderful." - Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger

Photos: top: Mary-Louise Parker; bottom: Michael O'Keefe and Mary-Louise Parker. (Photos: Joan Marcus)

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

By John Patrick Shanley

Directed by Leigh Silverman

With Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Rothenberg

Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto
Costume Design by Jennifer von Mayrhauser
Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter
Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada
Production Stage Manager Kelly Hance
Stage Manager Jennifer O'Byrne

"Packs a lot of punch! A deeply compelling work! Danny has a quirky, almost surreal poetry which sets it apart from other plays." - Howard Kissel, Daily News

"A kickbox pas de deux! It may well turn Adam Rothenberg into a matinee idol for women with blue collar fantasies! Very touching and well acted." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times

"Riveting! Few of Shanley's plays hold the passion of this poignant romance. Adam Rothenberg and Rosemarie DeWitt inhabit their roles with in-your-face intensity." - Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger

Photos: Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Rothenberg. (Photos: Joan Marcus)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Music and Lyrics by William Finn 

Choreography by Dan Knechtges

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman

Directed by James Lapine

Scenic Design by Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design by Jennifer Caprio
Lighting Design by Natasha Katz
Sound Design by Dan Moses Schreier
Additional material by Jay Weiss
Orchestrations by Michael Starobin
Musical Direction by Vadim Feichtner
Vocal Arrangements by Carmel Dean
Music Coordinator Michael Keller
Production Stage Manager Andrea "Spook" Testani
Stage Manager Kelly Hance

With Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, Sarah Saltzberg

"Can you spell I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E? Spelling Bee is riotously funny and entirely adorable." - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

"This loony lollipop of a musical is the funniest thing on seven consonants!" - Peter Marks, The Washington Post

"A WINNER! Smart and delightfully quirky, it's the musical gift of the season!" - Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger

"ONE SINGULAR SENSATION! Warm, original and tremendously witty, it's in a class by itself!" - Roma Torre, NY1

"How do you spell H-I-T? This jubilant new musical has a lot of heart!" - Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

Photos: (top) Jose Llana, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Dan Folger, Sarah Saltzberg; (middle) Celia Keenan-Bolger, Dan Fogler; (bottom) Lisa Howard, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Derrick Baskin. (Photos: Joan Marcus)


By Paul Weitz

Directed by Peter Askin

With Conor Donovan, Florencia Lozano, Carolyn McCormick, Bob Saget, Harry Zittel

Scenic Design by Tom Lynch
Costume Design by Jeff Mahshie  
Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter
Original Music and Sound  Design by Lewis Flinn
Production Stage Manager Pamela Edington
Stage Manager Gerald Cosgrove

"NEARLY MIRACULOUS! A delicately funny, clear-eyed comedy blessed by the presence of two fine young actors. A touching hymn to the sustaining bonds of brotherly love." - Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

"A talented adolescent actor is a rare find, but Second Stage has managed to find two of them! Harry Zittel cycles through good humor, petulance, enthusiasm, cockiness, and self-doubt with fluid ease." - Gordon Cox, Newsday

"A real gem! The best performances I've ever seen by young actors! Bob Saget gives a terrific performance. It was a real privilege to see Privilege. It deserves to be seen!" - David F. Richardson, WOR Radio

"Weitz has a gift for capturing the parlance of youth. The natural performances ring true!" - Variety

Photos: (center) Harry Zittel and Conor Donovan; (bottom) Bob Saget. (Photos: Joan Marcus)

Birdie Blue

By Cheryl L. West

Directed by Seret Scott

With S. Epatha Merkerson, Billy Porter, Charles Weldon

Scenic Design by Anna Louizos
Costume Design by Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design by Don Holder
Sound Design by Obediah Eaves
Production Stage Manager Lisa J. Snodgrass
Stage Manager Jennifer O'Byrne

"Law & Order's S. Epatha Merkerson gives the best Off-Broadway performance of this or any other season!" - WOR Radio

"Virtuosic! Absolutely Brilliant! REMARKABLE! DEEPLY AFFECTING! A DREAM PERFORMANCE! The gifted Merkerson is strongly supported by Billy Porter and Charles Weldon, all abetted by Cheryl L. West's marvelously pungent dialogue." - The New York Times

"STUNNING! GET SET TO RAVE!" - Hollywood Reporter

Photos: (center) S. Epatha Merkerson, Charles Weldon; (bottom) S. Epatha Merkerson, Billy Porter. (Photos: Joan Marcus)

Swimming in the Shallows

By Adam Bock

Directed by Trip Cullman

With Michael Arden, Rosemarie DeWitt, Murphy Guyer, Logan Marshall-Green, Susan Pourfar, Mary Shultz

Scenic Design by David Korins 
Costume Design by Jenny Mannis 
Lighting Design by Paul Whitaker
Sound Design by Bart Fasbender
Production Stage Manager Lori Ann Zepp
Stage Manager Diane M. Ballering



"THE FRESHEST, FUNNIEST PLAY IN YEARS! What a joy to watch a smart, gay comedy with heart and a happy ending for a change." - Next


Photos: (center) Susan Pourfar, Mary Shultz, Michael Arden, Rosemarie DeWitt. (bottom): Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Arden.

The Dear Boy

By Dan O'Brien

Directed by Michael John Garcés

With T. Scott Cunningham, Daniel Gerroll, Dan McCabe, Susan Pourfar

Sets by Wilson Chin 
Costumes by Amela Baksic
Lighting by Ben Stanton
Sound by Sunil Rajan
Production Stage Manager Rachel J. Perlman
Stage Manager Stephanie Gatton



"Dan O'Brien is an outstanding wordsmith and a sharp observer of character with an assured, genuine theatrical voice! Daniel Gerroll is a consummate stage veteran who obviously loves the taste of language. Clearly, this is a character that sings to Gerroll, who sings right back at him." - Marilyn Stasio, Variety

" ODD, FUNNY, AND DELIGHTFUL! Every scene has something to pull you in and shed surprising light on the characters. Dan O'Brien has carved out for himself a refreshingly individual voice." - Eric Grode,

"Daniel Gerroll always hits a dramatic bullseye!" - Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway

"The quirky, endearing Susan Pourfar is a welcome presence on stage!" - Brian Scott Lipton,

Photos: (center) Daniel Gerroll, T. Scott Cunningham, Susan Pourfar. (bottom) Daniel Gerroll, Dan McCabe. (Photos: Richard Termine)