Second Stage announce two world premieres


Second Stage Theatre has announced the two world premiere plays which will be presented as part of the company’s ninth annual Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series this summer: Michael Mitnick’s Sex Lives of Our Parents, directed by Davis McCallum, and Anna Kerrigan’s The Talls, directed by Carolyn Cantor. Both plays will be presented at Second Stage Theatre’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

Sex Lives of Our Parents.
World premiere
Written by Michael Mitnick
Directed by Davis McCallum
7 Jun - 3 Jul 2011

Virginia is getting married. As her wedding day approaches, unwanted ghosts of her mother’s past appear, unearthing a shocking past she never knew - nor wanted to. A comiic nightmare about the mysterious hollows between parents and children and things that may be better left unsaid.

Michael Mitnick is a playwright and songwriter. His plays and musicals have been developed around the country at theaters including Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, The McCarter, The Denver Center Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, The Lark, Studio 42, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and The Kennedy Center.

Davis McCallum recently directed the world premiere of Molly Smith Metzler’s 'Elemeno Pea' at the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays. New York: Sam Hunter’s 'A Bright New Boise' (Partial Comfort), Greg Moss’s 'punkplay' (Clubbed Thumb), Chuck Mee’s 'Queens Boulevard' (Signature Theater), Quiara Hudes’ 'Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue' (P73; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) and 'Henry V' (Acting Company/New Victory). Regional: Guthrie, Old Globe, Ashland, the O’Neill, Williamstown, Playmakers Rep, New York Stage & Film and others.

The Talls
World premiere
Written by Anna Kerrigan
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
1 - 27 Aug 2011

The Clarke family is dealing with some very tall problems. Just ask 17-year-old Isabelle Clarke. Negotiating Catholicism, politics and virginity in the 1970’s can make the tallest girl feel really small. A comic drama about coming of age when life’s lessons come in all sizes.

Anna Kerrigan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director based in New York City. She most recently wrote and directed 'Five Days Gone,' an independent feature film in post-production. A graduate of Stanford, Anna was invited to join the Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood Playwrights group in 2009. Her plays have been produced in New York and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where she also assisted Alex Timbers.

Carolyn Cantor’s New York directing credits include: 'After the Revolution' (Playwrights Horizons), 'Pumpgirl' (Manhattan Theatre Club), 'In A Dark Dark House' (MCC Theater), 'Something You Did' (Primary Stages), 'Essential Self Defense' (Playwrights Horizons), 'Orange Flower Water' (Time Out NY ten best of the year), 'Now That's What I Call A Storm,' 'Living Room in Africa,' 'Stone Cold Dead Serious' (NY Times 10 best of the year) and 'Life is a Dream ' (Edge Theater), 'EVE-olution' (Cherry Lane), and 'Kitty Kitty Kitty' (SPF). Her film and television credits are "The Green Room" (Bravo) and "Bravo Profiles: Roger Ebert."