For over twenty years Second Stage has offered Players Club audiences a wealth of fare they would not have seen on the Main Stage: adventuresome choices performed by experienced casts in our intimate second performing space. Mamet, Pinter, Yeats, Shaw, Chekhov, O’Neill, Beckett, Albee, and many new playwrights have been performed here. Those who have attended over the years have vivid memories of compelling and stirring performances.
This year we present four plays, fully memorized and rehearsed, three of them running for three weeks. Full length, fully prepared, full run, but not full price: admission is $10 except for Many Moons. Season tickets, even expired one-per-show tickets and vouchers, are also honored.
Freddy - Christopher Triebel Gaston - Noah Herman Germaine - Kaitlyn McGuire Albert Einstein - Liam MacDonna Suzanne - Amie Lytle Sagot - Ronald Comer Pablo Picasso - Matt Stanzione Charles Dabernow Schmendiman - Brendan Dalton Countess - Jillian E.K. Haas Female Admirer - Nayab Hussain Singer - Thomas Kollias
A bit deep and a bit daft, Steve Martin’s comedy imagines a meeting between Einstein and Picasso in a Parisian café: two young men who think they will change the world. Well, of course, we know…they did! But would you have recognized their genius if you were one of the habitués?
We'll be doing cabaret-style seating, so feel free to bring your favorite snacks and beverages to enjoy while you watch the show.
by James Thurber, dramatized by Charlotte B. Chorpenning
At 7:00 PM: December 21, 22, 27, 28, 2007
At 2:00 PM: December 22, 27, 28, 29, 2007
Admission $5 for young and old alike, playing time 45 minutes.
Princess Lenore - Rebecca Valerie Buxbaum Chamberlain's Wife - Lori-Nan Engler Royal Nurse - Beth Gillin Royal Mathematician - Gregory Scott Miller Goldsmith's Daughter - Sally Race King - Ted Ford Lord High Chamberlain - Paul Kerrigan Jester - Christopher Michael Monaco Royal Wizard - Al Them
Director - George Mulford Sound - Chris Mulford Assistant to the Director - Sadie Buzan Costumes - Celeste Maschmeyer, Marie Simons
Bring your kids, your grandkids (maybe for the first time)
or your best friend
to this charming fairy tale
We'll even be putting a rug on the floor
for our littlest theater lovers
The Princess Lenore, ten going on eleven, has fallen ill of a surfeit* of raspberry tarts. Her father the King promises her anything her heart desires if she will be well again. Is there anything her heart desires? “Yes,” says the Princess, “I want the moon. If I can have the moon, I will be well again.” A fairy tale played by adults for children who like a story and for adults who appreciate the whimsy of one of our greatest humorists. *There may be some words the grown-ups will have to look up.
How I Learned to Drive
by Paula Vogel
directed by Bridget Dougherty
February 22, 23, 29, March 1, 7, 8 at 8:00 PM
Li'l Bit - Amanda Williamson Peck - Mike Hagan Female Greek Chorus - Jennifer Wolfe Male Greek Chorus - Edward Milliner Teenage Greek Chorus - Sara Long
It's a wry reminiscence by a woman whose constant companion from the age of eleven was her devoted uncle. He had all the right ideas about bringing her up ... and one very wrong one. So deft is the touch of this Pulitzer Prize-winning script that both the affection of their relationship and the devastating damage it inflicted on both of them are fully invested with the ring of truth.
Stage Manager - Denise Myers Lighting Designer - Jeffrey Gallagher Set Designer - Ellen Wilson Dilks
Rounding Third by Richard Dresser
directed by Dennis Bloh
April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 2008 at 8:00 PM
At the end of the evening, you’ll be convinced you’ve lived through the heartbreak and triumph of an entire Little League season, and yet the only two characters on stage have been the assistant coach—an ordinary white-collar father—and the coach, an extraordinary blue-collar tyrant and phrase-maker. Their diametrically opposed views of playing and winning furnish the plot; but their character development takes us for a quirky and conflicted exploration of the meaning of manhood.
Contains adult language and adult situations
The Rape Poems
by Frances Driscoll, adapted for the stage by Tom Juarez and Marilee Talkington
directed by Ellen Wilson-Dilks
October 12 & 13, 2007, at 8:00 PM
Admission what you will, PCS to split the proceeds with Women Against Rape
The Rape Poems are Frances Driscoll’s examination of her healing process after being attacked in 1987. This dramatic adaptation was premiered in 2000 by Ambit Theatre Company in San Francisco and won rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Five actresses portray the victim as she retells her attack and struggles with her recovery. Fearlessly truthful, emotionally powerful, and yet suffused with dark humor, the piece was called “exhilarating, liberating and beautiful” by the Edinburgh Herald.
Evenings of song by some of PCS’s best talent, performed in a Second Stage space transformed by little tables and candles, our Cabaret series has been a perennial audience favorite. We supply drinks and munchies; many people bring their favorite beverage. Admission is $10.
Hosted by Donna Dougherty, October 6, 2007 at 8:00 PM
Hosted by Claudia Carlsson, February 2, 2008 at 8:00 PM
The cast of Assassins returns to show you what else they can do! An evening of song and fun to brighten a winter weekend.