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Complete Casting Announced for Second Stage Theatre's LONELY, I'M NOT

MARK BLUM, LISA EMERY,
CHRISTOPHER JACKSON, and
MAUREEN SEBASTIAN

Complete the Cast of
Second Stage Theatre’s World Premiere Comedy

LONELY, I’M NOT

Written by PAUL WEITZ

Directed by TRIP CULLMAN

Starring TOPHER GRACE and OLIVIA THIRLBY

Previews Begin Tuesday, April 10
Opening Night is Monday, May 7

MARK BLUM, LISA EMERY, CHRISTOPHER JACKSON, and MAUREEN SEBASTIAN will join the previously announced TOPHER GRACE and OLIVIA THIRLBY in Second Stage Theatre’s production of Paul Weitz’s world premiere comedy, LONELY, I’M NOT, directed by Trip Cullman. 

{module ad_left_body}Preview performances are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 10 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street).  The production will officially open on Monday, May 7.  For tickets or more information, please visit www.2ST.com

At an age when most people are discovering what they want to do with their lives, Porter has been married and divorced, earned seven figures as a corporate “ninja,” and had a nervous breakdown. It’s been four years since he’s had a job or a date, and he’s decided to give life another shot.  LONELY, I’M NOT is a comic journey that follows Porter as he meets an ambitious young businesswoman who is overcoming her own obstacles to emotional success.

LONELY, I’M NOT features scenic design by Mark Wendland; costume design by Emily Rebholz; lighting design by Matt Frey; sound design by Bart Fasbender; and projection design by Aaron Rhyne.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

MARK BLUM returns to Second Stage Theatre, where he appeared in the 2004 Uptown production, The Triple Happiness, and the 2000 mainstage production of The Waverly Gallery.  His many Broadway credits include Twelve Angry Men, The Graduate, A Thousand Clowns, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Lost in Yonkers, My Thing of Love, The Merchant.  Off Broadway credits include Picked, We Live Here, After the Revolution, The Overwhelming, The Waverly Gallery, The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Music Teacher, The Seagull, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Gus and Al (Obie), It’s Only A Play, Little Footsteps, Key Exchange, Table Settings, Say Goodnight Gracie.  Regionally, Mark has been seen at the Long Wharf, Huntington, Old Globe.  Film:  I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Green, Step Up 3-D, Desperately Seeking Susan, Crocodile Dundee, Shattered Glass, The Presidio, Blind Date, Worth Winning, Getting to Know You, You Can Thank Me Later, Miami Rhapsody, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, The Defenders, Just Between Friends, Lovesick.  TV: “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Jesse Stone,” “The Sopranos,” “The West Wing,” “NYPD Blue,” ”CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order:  Criminal Intent,” “Frasier,” “Ed,” “The Practice,” “Wings,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Capitol News,” and Steve Martini’s “The Judge.” He is on the faculty of Brooklyn College and HB Studio. 


LISA EMERY
returns to Second Stage Theatre, where she appeared in last summer’s Uptown production of Sex Lives of Our Parents.  Her Broadway credits include Relatively Speaking, The Women, Present Laughter, The Smell Of The Kill, Jackie, Rumors and Burn This. Off-Broadway: A Kind of Alaska and  Gabriel at Atlantic Theater Co.; Distracted (Lortel nomination) at Roundabout; Mouth to MouthThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Abigail's Party (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), What The Butler Saw and Curtains (ensemble Obie) all at The New Group; Iron (Obie Award, Lortel nomination) at MTC; Lucy at EST; The Maddening Truth at Keen Co.;  Dinner With Friends and Far East at LCT; The Monogamist and Marvin's Room (Drama Desk nomination) at Playwrights Horizons; Talley and Sons and Dalton's Back at Circle Rep.  Film: Cold Souls, The Night Listener, People I Know, Roger Dodger, A Map of The World, Unfaithful. Television: “Louie,” “Law & Order” (including SVU and CI), “The Fringe,” “Damages,” “Sex and the City,” “Ed,” “Third Watch,” and on PBS, “Far East” and “The Women.”

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON recently starred as “Delray” in Memphis on Broadway. He originated the role of “Benny” in In The Heights and also starred as “Simba” in The Lion King on Broadway.  Regional credits include Comfortable Shoes (World Premiere), Beggarʼs Holiday (World Premiere). TV credits: “A Gifted Man,” “White Collar,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Gossip Girl,” “Fringe,” and “Oz.” He is a charter member of the popular hip-hop improv comedy group, Freestyle Love Supreme.  Christopher is an award winning composer and lyricist having earned an Emmy Award in 2011 for his collaboration with Will.I.AM (Black Eyed Peas) for Outstanding Original Song, “What I Am.”   He was co-music director for the Emmy Winning PBS Show, “The Electric Company” (2008-2009) and is currently writing and composing music for “Sesame Street.”  He received the 2009 Kidscreen Award for his song, “Silent E.”  In 2011, Christopher released his first solo album, In the Name of Love, with Yellow Sound Label.

MAUREEN SEBASTIAN returns to Second Stage Theatre where she appeared in the 2010 Uptown production of Year Zero.  Her international credits include The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Edinburgh International Festival.  Regional credits include Arabian Nights (Berkeley Repertory Theatre & Arena Stage); Around the World in 80 Days (Virginia Stage Company and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Taming of the Shrew (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Thunder Above, Deeps Below (The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and Second Generation).  Off-Broadway credits include Now Circa Then (Ars Nova), Soul Samurai (Vampire Cowboys / Ma-Yi Theatre Company), and Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi Theatre Company).  Television & film credits include “Gossip Girl,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Person of Interest,” “Heart of Dixie," and the upcoming features, Passing Harold Blumenthal and Stuart Blumberg’s Thank You For Sharing.  She also appears on the web series “Pretty Precious Unicorns,” “Compulsive Love,” and “The Share” are three web series in which she stars.

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LONELY, I’M NOT will be performed from April 10, 2012 through Sunday, May 27 on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm.

The following exceptions will be made to the regular performance schedule:

Wednesday, April 11 – no 2pm performance

Sunday, April 15 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Wednesday, April 18 – no 2pm performance

Sunday, April 22 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Monday, May 7 – 7pm performance (opening night)

Tuesday, May 8 – no performance

All evening performances Wednesday – Friday the week of May 7 will begin at 7pm.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or online at www.2ST.com.

$30 UNDER 30 YOUTH ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE - patrons age 30 and under may purchase a limited number of specially-priced $30 tickets in advance.  Proof of age must be shown at the box office.

A limited number of student rush tickets are $18 and are available one hour prior to curtain. 

Group tickets are available by phoning 212-246-4422

Box-office hours are Monday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

ABOUT SECOND STAGE THEATRE

Founded in 1979 under the leadership of Artistic Director Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATRE produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem by Ricky Jay; Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; Living Out by Lisa Loomer; This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan; Some Men by Terrence McNally; eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein; Spoils of War by Michael Weller; Before It Hits Home, Jar the Floor and Birdie Blue by Cheryl L. West; Jitney by August Wilson; Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie and Sympathetic Magic by Lanford Wilson; and Metamorphoses and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman. 

The company’s more than 130 citations include the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Next to Normal, the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) for Next to Normal, 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, 27 Obie Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 12 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards.

In 1999, Second Stage Theatre opened The Tony Kiser Theatre, its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theatre, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.  In 2002, Second Stage launched “Second Stage Theatre Uptown” series to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.  The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs.

SECOND STAGE THEATRE AT THE HELEN HAYES

Second Stage Theatre 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 theatre 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 theatre companies that own and operate theatres on Broadway.  The company will continue to lease and operate their original theatres on the city’s Upper West Side and in Midtown Manhattan.

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com

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