Second Stage Theatre Uptown Festival, announces new dates

Second Stage Theatre have announced new dates for their Second Stage Theatre Uptown Festival which will present two world premiere comedies: Marisa Wegrzyn's The Butcher of Baraboo, directed by Carolyn Cantor, and Josh Tobiessen's Election Day, directed by Jeremy Dobrish.

The Butcher of Baraboo, which was to play from 21 May - 17 Jun 2007, will now open on 11 Jun 2007, following previews from 24 May and will now run through to 30 Jun 2007. Election Day, which was to play from 16 Jul - 11 Aug 2007, will now open on 01 Aug 2007, following previews from 16 Jul and run through to 25 Aug 2007.

Both Ms. Wegrzyn and Mr.Tobiessen are making their New York debuts with this festival. The plays will be presented at Second Stage Theatre's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

  • The Butcher of Baraboo
    Written by: Marisa Wegrzyn
    Directed by Carolyn Cantor
    Synopsis: Valerie is the butcher of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Her husband has gone missing and everyone suspects she played a hand, especially her nosy sister-in-law who just happens to be the town sheriff. And her daughter, a drug-pushing pharmacist, might know more than she lets on. The Butcher of Baraboo is a black comedy about a butcher, a secret, and one perfectly polished meat cleaver.
    Dates: 24 May - 30 Jun 2007

  • Election Day
    Written by: Josh Tobiessen
    Directed by Jeremy Dobrish
    Synopsis: It's Election Day, and Adam knows his over-zealous girlfriend will never forgive him if he fails to vote. But when his sex starved sister, an eco-terrorist, and a mayoral candidate willing to do anything for a vote all show up, Adam finds that making that quick trip to the polls might be harder than he thought. Election Day is a dark comedy about the price of political (and personal) campaigns.
    Dates: 16 Jul - 25 Aug 2007

The Second Stage Theatre Uptown Festival, which premiered in 2002, seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American Theatre. Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget.