Second Stage Theatre's 37th Season


The Second Stage Theatre Company have announced two New York premieres as the first two productions of its upcoming 37th season. The first will be a new musical by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews Invisible Thread, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. This will be followed by Lydia R. Diamond's play Smart People directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. Two further productions will be announced at a later date to complete the 37th season.

Second Stage Artistic Director Carole Rothman released the following statement:

“The writers behind our first two productions of next season embrace a unique and refreshing perspective on the American experience. I am so impressed by Matt and Griffin’s exceptional new musical and am very much looking forward to introducing these important writers and their uplifting new work to New York. And I know our audiences will embrace Smart People, the incredibly perceptive new play by Lydia Diamond, a writer I’ve been wanting to work with for years. And it is an honor to have Diane Paulus and Kenny Leon, two of the finest directors working in this country, joining us for the season.”

In association with the American Repertory Theater, the New York premiere of Invisible Thread will begin performances at the Tony Kiser Theatre in Fall 2015.

Synopsis: "When Griffin, a young man from New York City, volunteers for a project in Uganda, he finds himself on a journey that will change his life forever. Inspired by a true story, this new musical exposes the challenges confronted by American aid workers and the complex realities of trying to change the world."

The New York premiere of Smart People is set to begin performances in Winter 2016 at the Tony Kiser Theatre.

Synopsis: "The quest for love, achievement and identity is universal, but what role does race play in the story of our lives? On the eve of Obama’s first election, four Harvard intellectuals find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics."

- by Tom Millward

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