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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:39

Second Stage Theatre Celebrates Annual Spring Gala, May 20

To Celebrate Annual Spring Gala

 Playwright/Filmmaker Paul Weitz
and his production company, Depth of Field 

The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

Ten Years of Second Stage Uptown
and its curator Christopher Burney 

To be held Monday, May 20th at Best Buy Theatre

Second Stage Alumni Scheduled to Perform include

STEPHANIE J. BLOCK (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark)


JESSE TYLER FERGUSON (Little Fish and …Spelling Bee)

DEREK KLENA (Dogfight)

LINDSAY MENDEZ (Everyday Rapture and Dogfight)

BETSY WOLFE (Everyday Rapture and The Last Five Years)

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Second Stage Theatre’s Spring Gala celebration will honor The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, which has been an ongoing supporter of New York City arts and Second Stage Theatre for many years, as well as playwright and filmmaker Paul Weitz, whose plays Privilege, Show People, Trust, and Lonely, I’m Not have all premiered with the off-Broadway company.  The evening will also celebrate the first ten years of Second Stage Uptown and its curator, Christopher Burney, which has become an incubator for many theatre artists in the past decade.  The gala will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Best Buy Theatre, 1515 Broadway at 44th street.  The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00pm; dinner and the performance begin at 7:00pm.

The Honorary Co-Chairs for the gala are Second Stage alumni Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, Sutton Foster, Topher Grace, Ari Graynor, and Olivia Thirlby.

The evening’s entertainment will include performances by Second Stage Theatre alumni, including Stephanie J. Block (Tony nominee for Mystery of Edwin Drood; Second Stage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark), Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (Second Stage’s Wintertime and Paul Weitz’s film Cirque du Freak), “Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Second Stage’s Little Fish and …Spelling Bee), Derek Klena (Second Stage’s Dogfight), Lindsay Mendez (Second Stage’s Everyday Rapture and Dogfight, upcoming in Wicked), and Betsy Wolfe (Second Stage’s Everyday Rapture and the current acclaimed production of The Last Five Years).  Among the evening’s entertainment will be two musical numbers, one of which will feature Nick Blaemire, Steven Booth, Adam Halpin, F. Michael Haynie and Josh Segarra from the company’s world premiere musical, Dogfight, which just received the 2013 Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. 

The Gala will include drinks, dinner, and performance, as well as a live auction featuring the opportunity to bid on special evenings featuring Broadway’s brightest stars.    Tables of 10 are priced at $12,500 (Director Table), $25,000 (Producer Table), and $50,000 (VIP Table).  Ticket pricing is as follows: $1,500 (Director Ticket), $2,500 (Producer Ticket), and $5,000 (VIP Ticket).  Tickets for party and performance only are $50 and $100.  For more information please visit

For ticket information call the Second Stage administration office (212) 787-8302, ext.111.

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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, 16 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.


Created as a program to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists, the Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series (Christopher Burney, Curator, Associate Artistic Director), seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American Theatre.  Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget.  Lead funding for Second Stage Uptown Series is provided by the Time Warner Foundation.

The series was among the first established by a prominent Off-Broadway institution to help nurture and advance the careers of young up and coming playwrights.  Since its founding in 2002 the Uptown Series has showcased the works of several established playwrights including Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, “Nurse Jackie”), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO’s “Big Love,” “Glee”), Adam Bock (A Small Fire, The Drunken City), and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering);  actors Gavin Creel, Ari Graynor, Marin Hinkle, Halley Feiffer, Rosemarie DeWitt, Lorenzo Pisoni, Tracie Thoms and Tracee Chimo among many others;  and directors Davis McCallum, Trip Cullman, Carolyn Cantor, Evan Cabnet and Jackson Gay.  


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.

For more information, please visit

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