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

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.

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