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Tony Plana, Anthony Chisholm & More to Lead Second Stage's THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST; Full Cast Announced

Tony Plana, Anthony Chisholm & More to Lead Second Stage's THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST; Full Cast Announced

Second Stage Theatre, currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary season, has announced the complete cast for its upcoming production of THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST, written by 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The company will feature Anthony Chisholm (Radio Golf, Jitney), Dariush Kashani (Homebody/Kabul), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), Armando Riesco (2ST's Water by the Spoonful), Elizabeth Rodriguez (Motherf***er with the Hat, Orange is the New Black), and ANNAPURNA SRIRAM (Pericles at Berkeley Rep).

THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST will begin previews on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 and officially open on Monday, March 3 at 6:30pm at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street). For more information, please visit

Cousins Elliot and Yaz, having long searched for their place in the community, discover the joy in coming home again and the comfort of family, both by blood and by love. While Elliot gets a lucky break in the film business, Yaz takes on the role of familial and neighborhood matriarch, nourishing those that pass through her door. Beating to the sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST invites you to spend a year with Elliot and Yaz on their journey to peace and purpose in an ever-changing world.

THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST is the third in a trilogy of plays that began with Hudes' Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, a play about a young Marine coming to terms with his time in Iraq and his father's and grandfather's service in Vietnam and Korea. The second play in the trilogy, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Water by the Spoonful, received its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre in 2013.

THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST will have scenic design by Mike Carnahan, costume design by Karen Perry, lighting design by Rui Rita, and sound design by Leon Rothenberg.

Anthony Chisholm last appeared at Second Stage Theatre in August Wilson's Jitney. His Broadway credits include Radio Golf (Tony Nomination), Gem of the Ocean, and Two Trains Running. Off-Broadway/regional credits include Two Trains Running,Jitney, The Train Driver, Tracers, Ice Bridge, King Lear, Black Visions, The Mighty Gents, The Talented Tenth, and Gem of the Ocean. His television credits include "Detroit 187," "OZ," "Strip Search/Thought Crimes," "The Handler," "Hack," "Law & Order: SVU" and his film work includes Newlyweds, Premium Rush, Reign Over Me, Blackout, Dream Street, Coalition, Bought & Sold, Beloved, Let's Get Bizzee. Awards: Drama Desk, Obie, Ovation, Audelco, NAACP Theatre Award.

Dariush Kashani's theatre credits include Homebody/Kabul (BAM, Mark Taper Forum & NY Theatre Workshop), East is East(Manhattan Theatre Club) and The Retreating World (McCarter Theatre and Cooper Union). Television work includes "Franklin & Bash," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Law & Order: CSI," "Ghost Whisperer," "NCIS," "Medium," "Drive," "Lost," "24," "JAG," "Without a Trace," "Criminal Intent," and "Guiding Light." He has appeared in the films The Magic Shoes, Eagle Eye, and Wasabi Tuna.

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