Second Stage Sets Uptown Slate

Second Stage Sets Uptown Slate

Gotham nonprofit Second Stage Theater has set the lineup for its annual summer programming, with a world preem play helmed by Thomas Kail and a new tuner, “Murder for Two,” both on the docket.

Annual new-work showcase, presented at an Upper West Side venue under the banner Second Stage Uptown, will kick off this year with “The Tutors,” penned by Erica Lipez and directed by Kail (“In the Heights,” “Lombardi”). Storyline centers on three friends — two high school tutors and one college admission essay ghostwriter — who band together to run a social network-like website. Show begins previews May 22 ahead of a June 5 opening.

Second of two uptown titles is “Murder for Two,” a two-actor comic mystery musical by Joe Kinosian (book and music) and Kellen Blair (book and lyrics). Tuner, in which one thesp plays the detective and the other portrays all the murder suspects, has had a handful of prior productions around the country, including a 2011 staging at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Although previous incarnations have starred Kinosian and Blair, no casting has been set for the Gotham production, which begins previews July 10 prior to a July 25 opening.

Prior titles to receive New York berths as part of the Second Stage Uptown series have included “Animals Out of Paper,” an early Gotham production for scribe Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”), and Leslye Headland’s “Bachelorette,” which the writer went on to adapt into a 2012 indie film that starred Kirsten Dunst.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Legit News from Variety

Loading