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Full Casting Announced for MODERN TERRORISM at Second Stage Theatre



To Appear in

Second Stage Theatre’s Production of
The World Premiere Comedy 


Written by JON KERN

Directed by PETER DuBOIS

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Previews Begin Friday, September 21
Opening Night is Monday, October 15

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced the casting for its upcoming world premiere comedy, MODERN TERRORISM, OR THEY WHO WANT TO KILL US AND HOW WE LEARN TO LOVE THEM.  The company will feature UTKARSH AMBUDKAR (Second Stage’s Animals Out of Paper and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety), STEVEN BOYER (Obie Award-winner for Hand to God),WILLIAM JACKSON HARPER (Ruined),and NITYA VIDYASAGAR (The Glorious Ones, Leela on “Sesame Street”). 

{module ad_left_body}Winner of the 2012 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, MODERN TERRORISM, OR THEY WHO WANT TO KILL US AND HOW WE LEARN TO LOVE THEM will begin previews on Friday, September 21 and officially open on Monday, October 15 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street).  For more information, please visit

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove comes MODERN TERRORISM, OR THEY WHO WANT TO KILL US AND HOW WE LEARN TO LOVE THEM, a provocative satire about a rogue group of 21st Century terrorists and their darkly comic misadventures.  As a young bomber develops feelings for his beautiful, secretive conspirator, he is torn between his duty and his heart. When his hipster neighbor accidentally gets caught up in the plans, circumstances spiral out of control.

MODERN TERRORISM will have scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Mimi O’Donnell, lighting design by Russell Champa, and sound design by M.L. Dogg.


UTKARSH AMBUDKAR returns to Second Stage Theatre where he appeared in Rajiv Joseph’s Animals Out of Paper, for which he received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination, as well as Second Stage’s acclaimed production of Kristofer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety.  He also appeared off-Broadway in Rafta Rafta… with The New Group.  Television appearances include the pilots of “The Trials of Danni Lewinski” for the CW Network and “Nevermind, Nirvana” for Fox, as well as work on The Electric Company for Sesame Workshop/PBS.  Utkarsh is also a member of the hip-hop improv comedy troupe Freestyle Love Supreme.  A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he will appear in the Universal Pictures release Pitch Perfect, to be released in October 2012.

STEVEN BOYER received an OBIE Award this spring for his performance in Hand to God (Ensemble Studio Theatre).  Other theatre credits include I’m Not Rappaport (Broadway), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Encores!), Motel Cherry (Clubbed Thumb), The Ugly One (Soho Rep), School for Lies (Classic Stage Company), The Coward (LCT3), and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public).  His TV and film credits include the upcoming Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street, “Louie,” “Person of Interest,” Law & Order,” “Ed,” and Did You Hear About the Morgans?  He trained at the Juilliard School and is a member fo the Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Steven also stars in a new independent sitcom pilot from Emily Chadick Weiss, “The Share.”

WILLIAM JACKSON HARPER has appeared off-Broadway and regionally in The Total Bent, Titus Andronicus, Measure for Measure (The Public Theater); A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick (Playwrights Horizons); Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club); Queens Boulevard, Paradise Park (Signature Theatre Company); Microcrisis, The Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi Theatre Company); Massacre (sing to your children) (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Vampire Cowboys); Hamlet (Dallas Theater Center); Much Ado About Nothing,  Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare on the Sound).  His film and TV credits include All Good Things, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” “The Electric Company,” “That’s What She Said,” “The Share,” and “30 Rock.”

NITYA VIDYASAGAR has appearedOff-Broadway in The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater) and Serendib (Ensemble Studio Theater).  Other theater credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), Coney Island Avenue (NYTW 4th St Theatre), Monetizing Emma (NYC Fringe), and Cecilia's Last Tea Party (Passage Theatre Company).  Her film and TV credits include Americana, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Split Ends, Sita Sings the Blues, “Smash,” and “The Good Wife.”  A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Nitya is a series regular on PBS’ “Sesame Street.”


A native New Yorker, JON KERN is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in playwriting and the University of Chicago, and is the 2012 winner of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, the largest playwriting prize of its kind in the United States, for Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want To Kill Us and How We Learn To Love Them.  Jon recently joined the staff of the long-running hit television show, “The Simpsons,” and is a member of the Ars Nova Playgroup, the Civilians R&D Group, and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He was awarded a Van Lier Fellowship in Playwriting from New Dramatists in 2010 and is an alumnus of the Youngblood writers’ group at Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Jon is a born and bred New Yorker.  His play We in Silence Hear a Whisper premiered in 2011, produced by Red Fern Theatre Company.

PETER DUBOIS returns to Second Stage where he directed Becky Shaw, Trust, and All New People. He also staged the West End production of All New People and the Almeida Theatre (London) production of Becky Shaw.  His other credit include Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company); Measure for Pleasure, Richard III, Mom How Did You Meet the Beatles, Biro (Public Theater/NYSF); Jack Goes Boating, View From 151st Street (LAByrinth Theater Company/Public Theater).  He has also staged works at American Conservatory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Humana Festival of New Plays, Manchester Opera House, Kings Theatre Glasgow.   He was the Associate Producer at The Public Theater/NYSF from 2003-2005 and was their Resident Director from 2005-2008.  He also served as Artistic Director of the Perseverance Theatre Company in Juneau, Alaska from 1997-2003.  Peter is currently in his fourth season as the Artistic Director of The Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. Peter’s productions have been on the annual top ten lists of The New York Times, Time Out, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, The Evening Standard, and the Improper Bostonian. 

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MODERN TERRORISM, OR THEY WHO WANT TO KILL US AND HOW WE LEARN TO LOVE THEM will be performed from September 21, 2012 through Sunday, November 4 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:

Sunday, September 23 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Wednesday, September 26 – no 2pm performance

Sunday, September 30 – 2pm and 7pm performances

Thursday, October 4 – 7pm performance

Monday, October 15 – 7:00pm performance (opening night)

Tuesday, October 16 – no performance

Wednesday, October 31 – no performance

Sunday, November 4 – 2pm and 7pm performances

All evening performances Wednesday – Friday, October 17 – 19, will begin at 7pm.

Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or online at

$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 at a discount 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.

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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; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; 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, 14 Lucille Lortel Awards, the NY 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 has acquiredthe 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.

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