Second Stage Theatre announce three of the four plays scheduled for its 31st season

Second Stage Theatre has announced three of the four plays scheduled for its upcoming 31st Season.

The season will kick off in the fall with the New York premiere of Anna Deavere Smith's latest work, Let Me Down Easy, directed by Leonard Foglia. The season will also include two world premiere plays from returning playwrights: Mr & Mrs Fitch, by Douglas Carter Beane, whose Tony-nominated hit 'The Little Dog Laughed' had its world premiere at Second Stage Theatre in 2005, and Trust, by Paul Weitz, whose plays 'Privilege' and 'Show People' premiered at Second Stage in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

Mr & Mrs Fitch had been announced as part of the current season, but was postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

Let Me Down Easy
Written by Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Leonard Foglia
Previews from 15 Sep 2009

Channeling a dramatic range of interview subjects, from artists and athletes to doctors and those they treat, Let Me Down Easy is an exploration of the power of the body and the resilience of the human spirit, featuring first person accounts from a wide variety of sources, including Lance Armstrong and former Texas Governor Ann Richards. Using her journalistic skills, Anna Deavere Smith explores the world of healthcare from both the patient and practitioner perspective.

Anna Deavere Smith's work in the theater explores American character and our multifaceted national identity. She has won numerous awards, among them two Obies - for 'Twilight: Los Angeles 1992' & 'Fires in the Mirror'; a Lucille Lortel Award - 'Fires in the Mirror'; and two Tony nominations - for 'Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.' She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play 'Fires In the Mirror.' Her work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance.

Leonard Foglia most recently directed Laurence Fishburne in 'Thurgood' (2008). Other Broadway credits include 'On Golden Pond' with Leslie Uggams and James Earl Jones, 'Wait Until Dark' with Quentin Tarantino and Marisa Tomei and 'Master Class' with Zoe Caldwell. Off-Broadway: 'Encores! One Touch of Venus' (City Center), 'The Stendahl Syndrome' by Terrence McNally (Primary Stages), 'By the Sea' (MTC), 'Lonely Planet' (Circle Repertory Company) and 'If Memory Serves' (Promenade).

Mr & Mrs Fitch
Written by Douglas Carter Beane
Previews begin winter 2010

Meet gossip columnists Mr & Mrs Fitch. When the social circuit no longer provides any scandalous news, they find that great celebrity can appear out of thin air. Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane's (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu) new comedy is a scathing look at who is in, who is out and who may not even exist at all.

Douglas Carter Beane returns to Second Stage Theatre, which produced the world premiere of his Tony-nominated Best Play 'The Little Dog Laughed.' His other works include the book for the musical 'Xanadu,' 'As Bees in Honey Drown '(Outer Critics Circle, Gassner Award), 'Music From a Sparkling Planet,' 'The Country Club,' 'Advice From a Caterpillar,' 'The Cartells,' 'Musicals: The Big Time' and the upcoming 'Lysistrata Jones and The Bandwagon.'

Scott Ellis returns to Second Stage Theatre where he recently directed Douglas Carter Beane's 'The Little Dog Laughed.' Other Second Stage credits include 'Good Boys and True,' 'The Waverly Gallery' with Eileen Heckert, and 'That Championship Season.' Broadway credits include 'Curtains,' 'Twelve Angry Men' (Tony nomination), Arthur Miller's 'The Man Who Had All the Luck' with Chris O'Donnell, 'The Boys From Syracuse,' 'The Rainmaker' with Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson, '1776' ( Tony nomination), 'Picnic,' 'Company,' 'A Month in the Country' with Helen Mirren, 'Steel Pier' (Tony nomination), 'She Loves Me' (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway: 'Entertaining Mr. Sloane' with Alec Baldwin; 'Dark Rapture'; 'And the World Goes' Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb,' among others.

Written and directed by Paul Weitz
Previews begin Summer 2010

Harry is rich. Harry is married. But when Harry doesn't trust any of it is enough, he looks to find something real in the most unlikely of places. Paul Weitz's dark comedy Trust explores the corrosive effect of power on relationships and the hope we need to make them better.

Paul Weitz is the author of the plays 'Show People' and 'Privilege,' which both premiered at Second Stage Theatre. His play 'Mango Tea 'was produced Off-Broadway with Marisa Tomei and Rob Morrow by New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre, which also produced his next works, 'Captive,' 'All for One,' and the ensemble comedy 'Roulette.' He also wrote and directed the comedy 'American Dreamz,' starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, and Mandy Moore, as well as the critically acclaimed film 'In Good Company,' starring Topher Grace and Scarlett Johansen.

Currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season, Second Stage Theatre recently concluded an extended critically-acclaimed production of Gina Gionfriddo's 'Becky Shaw', directed by Peter DuBois. The season kicked off last fall with the 20th Anniversary staging of Howard Korder's 1988 breakthrough play 'Boys' Life,' directed by Michael Greif and starring Jason Biggs, Rhys Coiro, and Peter Scanavino. The Company's current production is Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott's 'Everyday Rapture', directed by Michael Mayer, which officially opened on 3 May 2009. The season continues this summer with the New York Premiere of the new musical 'Vanities', written by Jack Heifner, with music and lyrics by David Kirschenbaum, and directed by Judith Ivey.

The company's more than 125 citations include the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, 'The Little Dog Laughed'), 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, ...'Spelling Bee') and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, ...'Spelling Bee'), 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for 'Metamorphoses'), the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 23 Obie Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, five Theatre World Awards, 11 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards.

Second Stage Theatre recently announced that it has acquired the right to purchase the historic Helen Hayes Theatre, located at 240 W. 44th Street. With this new home, Second Stage will be the only theater company on Broadway dedicated exclusively to the development and presentation of contemporary American theatrical productions. Second Stage will also become one of only four non-profit theater companies that own and operate theaters on Broadway. The company will continue to lease and operate their original theaters on the city's Upper West Side and in Midtown Manhattan.