Zach Braff's ALL NEW PEOPLE to Have World Premiere at Second Stage Theatre
Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) will conclude its 32nd season with the World Premiere of ALL NEW PEOPLE, a new comedy written by Zach Braff. Mr. Braff, who received both WGA and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his screenplay for his acclaimed feature film Garden State, returns to Second Stage Theatre where he appeared last summer in the hit comedy, Trust. Directed by Peter DuBois, who staged Second Stage's productions of Trust and Becky Shaw, ALL NEW PEOPLE will begin previews on Tuesday, June 28 and officially open in mid-July at Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd street). For tickets or more information, please visit www.2ST.com.
It's the dead of winter and the summer vacation getaway of Long Beach Island, New Jersey is desolate and blanketed in snow. Charlie is 35, heartbroken and just wants some time away from the rest of the world. The island ghost town seems to be the perfect escape until his solitude is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty, the townie fireman, and an eccentric British real estate agent desperately trying to stay in the country suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.
Casting and design team will be announced shortly.
Zach Braff's feature film writing and directorial debut, Garden State, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and earned him a coveted WGA nomination for "Best Original Screenplay." The film also earned him an Independent Spirit Award for "Best First Feature" as well as a nomination for "Best First Screenplay." In addition, Braff was awarded "Best Directorial Debut" by the National Board of Review, "Breakthrough Director" by the Hollywood Film Festival and "Most Promising Filmmaker" by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Braff can be seen this spring in the Tribeca film, High Cost Of Living, for director Deborah Chow. Braff was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award and a 2005, 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Dr. John "J.D." Dorian in NBC's comedy "Scrubs." His film credits include roles in The Broken Hearts Club, Getting To Know You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Dreamworks' The Last Kiss and The Weinstein Company's The Ex. In addition to his role in last summer's Trust at Second Stage, Zach's stage experience includes roles in the Public Theater Productions of Twelfth Night and Macbeth directed by George C. Wolfe. Zach is a native of New Jersey and graduate of Northwestern.
Peter DuBois returns to Second Stage Theatre where he directed the acclaimed productions of Paul Weitz's Trust and Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw. He is entering his fourth season as artistic director of the Huntington Theatre Company where he directed the world premiere of David Grimm's The Miracle at Naples; Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw, after directing its Off Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre and its world premiere at The Humana Festival of New American Plays; and a production of Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss. For five years he served as associate producer and resident director at The Public Theater, preceded by five years as the artistic director of Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. Public Theater directing credits include Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating with Philip Seymour Hoffman (NYT Critics' Pick) and A View from 151st Street (NYT Critics' Pick), both with LAByrinth Theatre Company; Measure for Pleasure (SSDF Callaway Award for Excellence in Direction; Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Production of a New Play); Richard III with Peter Dinklage (Newsday top-ten New York production of 2004); Adrienne Kennedy's Mom, How Did You Meet the Beatles (NYT Critics' Pick); and Biro (NYT Critics' Pick). Perseverance credits include The Seagull, The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie, the West Coast premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' In the Blood. Other regional credits include a revival of Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class at American Conservatory Theater. Prior to leading Perseverance, Mr. DuBois lived and worked in the Czech Republic, where he co-founded Asylum, a multinational squat theatre in Prague.
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, 26 Obie Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 11 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's season will continue with the World Premiere of BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage and directed by Jo Bonney. The production, which stars that Stephanie J. Block, Daniel Breaker, David Garrison, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Kevin Isola, Sanaa Lathan, and Karen Olivo, will begin previews on April 6 and officially open on May 9.
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.
Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or 800-766-6048 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.
For more information, please visit www.2ST.com
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