Jan Maxwell Leads WINGS at Second Stage; Previews Begin Oct. 5, 2010


Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced that Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell will star in Arthur Kopit's acclaimed play WINGS this fall. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company), WINGS will begin previews at Second Stage Theatre (305 West 43rd street) on Tuesday, October 5. The production will officially open on Sunday, October 24.

Arthur Kopit's 1978 Tony-nominated play, WINGS, is a journey through the eye of Emily Stilson, a 1920's wingwalker who discovers her life's journey is a series of courageous adventures, proving that even when her mental self fails her, her daredevil spirit proves unflappable.

WINGS will also feature Teagle F. Bougere, Beth Dixon, January Lavoy, Anne L. Nathan, and Michael Warner.

Jan Maxwell was nominated for two Tony Awards last season - for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play for The Royal Family and Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Lend Me A Tenor. She also received the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress for The Royal Family. Her other Broadway roles include Coram Boy (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Drama Desk Award, Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sixteen Wounded (Drama Desk nomination), A Doll's House (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Sound of Music (Outer Critics Circle), The Dinner Party (Outer Critics Circle Award). Ms. Maxwell also starred in Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa and City of Angels. Off-Broadway she starred in Howard Barker's Scenes From an Execution (Drama Desk nomination) and Camille (Potomac Theatre Project/NYC), Anton Dudley's Substitution, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nom.), Tina Howe's translation of Ionesco's The Bald Soprano (Atlantic Theater), Jules Feiffer's A Bad Friend (Lincoln Center), Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady (Lortel Award, Drama Desk nom.), Opening Doors (Carnegie Hall), Alan Ayckbourn's House and Garden (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Seagull (Kennedy Center). TV: PBS' "AIDS: Changing the Rules," "Law & Order," "Gossip Girl."

Teagle F. Bougere returns to Second Stage Theatre, where he appeared in A Soldier's Play. He appeared on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, and The Tempest as Caliban (Drama League Award). Off-Broadway: Ossie Davis' A Last Dance For Sybill with Ruby Dee; A Fair Country, Lincoln Center; Antony and Cleopatra with Vanessa Redgrave, Space, Henry V, all at the Public. Film: A Beautiful Mind, Two Weeks Notice. TV: "Cosby," "Third Watch," "The Job," "Law & Order."

Beth Dixon's Broadway credits include The Royal Family, Major Barbara, Wrong Mountain. Off-Broadway: Vieux Carre, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Mary Stuart, Endpapers, Therese Raquin, Booth Is Back, America Dreaming, Unbound, The Grille Room. Film/TV: "Storm of the Century," Kinsey, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Dark Tides, Hitch.

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