Make Believe

Second Stage Theater concludes its 40th Anniversary Season off-Broadway with the New York premiere of Bess Wohl's Make Believe, directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif.

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(Photos by Joan Marcus)

Running time: 
1hr 20mins (no intermission)
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About Make Believe:

When does real life collide with make believe? For the four Conlee kids, ages 5 to 10, playing house is no longer a game when their parents inexplicably disappear. Thirty-two years later, their search for answers continues. Make Believe offers a look inside the minds of children, their parents and the mysteries of childhood that haunt us forever.

Bess Wohl
Second Stage Theater
Michael Greif
Cast list:
Kim Fischer (as Chris), Susannah Flood (as Addie), Ryan Foust (as Chris), Harrison Fox (as Carl), Maren Heary (as Kate), Brad Heberlee (as Carl), and Samantha Mathis (as Kate)
Make Believe Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
July 30, 2019
Opening date: 
August 15, 2019
September 22, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Second Stage Theater - Tony Kiser Theater

305 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
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Latest Make Believe News & Features

Samantha Mathis & Susannah Flood in Make Believe
Bes Wohl’s Make Believe extends at Second Stage Theater
August 23, 2019

Second Stage Theater’s production of Bes Wohl’s comedy Make Believe has extended at the Tony Kiser Theater by a week. Originally scheduled to complete its run on September 15, 2019, it will now run through Sunday, September 22. The play, which officially opened on August 15, stars Kim Fischer, Susannah Flood, Ryan Foust, Harrison Fox, Maren Heary, Brad Heberlee, Casey Hilton and Samantha Mathis.

Samantha Mathis
Samantha Mathis & more to star in Make Believe at Second Stage Theater
May 14, 2019

Second Stage Theater has revealed initial casting for the previously announced New York premiere of Make Believe, written by Drama Desk Award recipient Bess Wohl and directed by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif, which is set to begin previews at 2ST's Tony Kiser Theater on July 30, 2019, ahead of an official opening on August 15 and a limited engagement through to September 15, 2019.

Our Make Believe Review

As we grow up, do we lose our ability to make believe? Or do we merely get better at the nuances of pretending and master the skill of mirroring the way we believe ourselves to fit in the world? In Bess Wohl’s Make Believe, now playing at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theater, the Conlee children face two tragedies, the departure of their mother under unknown circumstances and the death of a... Read more