Photo Coverage: 'BOYS' LIFE' Curtain Call
Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Ellen Richard, Executive Director) kicked off its 30th Anniversary Season with a new production of Howard Korder's comedy, BOYS' LIFE, directed by Michael Greif, with an official opening on Monday, October 20 at Second Stage Theatre (307 West 43rd Street) in New York. This 20th Anniversary production of BOYS' LIFE features Jason Biggs, Rhys Coiro, and Peter Scanavino as "the boys" as well as Dan Colman, Michelle Federer, Betty Gilpin, Paloma Guzman, Laura-Leigh, and Stephanie March.
Twenty years after its acclaimed world premiere, Howard Korder's BOYS' LIFE receives its first major New York remounting with this production. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1988, Boys' Life is a stinging and candid look at three college buddies (Jason Biggs, Rhys Coiro, and Peter Scanavino) making their way in the big city. As they maneuver between life and sex in New York, Korder lacerates the prolonged adolescence that often takes the place of modern manhood.
BOYS' LIFE features scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Kevin Adams, and sound design by Fitz Patton.
Jason Biggs most recently appeared onstage in Daniel Goldfarb's play, Modern Orthodox, directed by James Lapine. Previous stage credits include the Broadway production of The Graduate opposite Kathleen Turner, and his Broadway debut at age 13 in Conversations with My Father opposite Judd Hirsch. Jason quickly became one of Hollywood's most talked-about young actors after his breakthrough role in the American Pie trilogy. Other film roles include the Woody Allen film, Anything Else; Prozac Nation, the Disney hit 8 Below; and Saving Silverman with Jack Black, Steve Zahn, and Amanda Peet. Biggs starred opposite Kate Hudson in Lionsgate's romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl, which opened nationwide September 19th.
Rhys Coiro is well known as volatile film director Billy Walsh on the HBO series "Entourage." New York theater credits include Dinner at Eight at Lincoln Center and This Lime Tree Bower at Primary Stages. Rhys has also appeared in a variety of roles in film and on television including "Six Feet Under," "CSI: Miami," "CSI: New York," "CSI," "Numbers," "Tell Me You Love Me," "One On One," "Criminal Minds," and in Adam Rifkin's Look. His upcoming features include The Chaos Theory, David Goyer's The Unborn and A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.
Peter Scanavino returns to Second Stage Theatre, where he appeared as Tim in Eric Bogosian's subUrbia. Other stage credits include Shining City on Broadway (dir. Robert Falls) and David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Off-Broadway credits include The Moonlight Room (Beckett Theater, dir. Jeff Cohen), Double Sophia and Urgent Fury (both at the Cherry Lane Alt. Space) as well as several off-off Broadway shows including the New York Fringe Festival. Film: Under Surveillance. TV: "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and "Law and Order: Trial by Jury," "Third Watch," "Johnny Zero," "Guiding Light," and "The Bedford Diaries."
Dan Colman appeared as Paris in the NYSF/Public Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Michael Greif and in Secret Order at 59E59. Other credits include the independent film, The Ones You Love, and TV appearances on "All MY Children" and "The Ghost Whisperer."
Michelle Federer understudied Julia Roberts in the recent Broadway revival of Three Days of Rain and originated the role of Nessarose in Wicked on Broadway. Other credits include A Man of No Importance (u/s Adele) at Lincoln Center, In the Absence of Spring at Second Stage, the roles of Nell Gwynn in Jeffrey Hatcher's Compleat Female Stage Beauty (1999 Best Supporting Actress/Pittsburgh Post), and Crystal in Water Children at CATF. Other regional credits include the 50th anniversary production of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful (Hartford Stage), Hay Fever, and Closer (Alley Theatre). TV: "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "All My Children." Film: Kinsey, Flannel Pajamas (Sundance Dramatic Competition Finalist 2006). BFA musical theatre from Ithaca College.
Betty Gilpin returns to Second Stage Theatre where she recently appeared in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Good Boys and True. Television credits include appearances on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Fox's "New Amsterdam," and "Strong Medicine" on Lifetime. She has appeared in the films Death in Love, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; the upcoming Dreamworks film Ghost Town; and the independent feature Northern Kingdom. A native New Yorker, Betty is a recent graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center.
Paloma Guzman is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Her regional theatre credits include productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, As You Like It, and Legal Alien, among others. Other credits include guest roles on "Gossip Girl" and "Law and Order" and the film Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Laura-Leigh is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, where she appeared in productions of The House of Blue Leaves, Our Lady of 121st Street, and Fifth of July, among others. She recently appeared in the Summer Play Festival production of Tell Out My Soul, directed by Evan Cabnet, and has guest starred on TV's "Gossip Girl."
Stephanie March has appeared on Broadway in Talk Radio and Death of a Salesman (dir. Robert Falls). Other theatre credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Enchanted April and extensive work in regional theatre including the premiere of Eric Bogosian's Griller. Television credits include five seasons as Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot on "Law & Order: SVU," "Conviction" and most recently on "30 Rock." Film: Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Head of State, Social Grace, The Treatment, East Broadway and Flannel Pajamas, both of which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. Stephanie is a graduate of Northwestern University and resides in New York with her husband, Chef Bobby Flay.
Playwright Howard Korder's other plays include Search and Destroy (Broadway, South Coast Rep, Yale Rep, and London's Royal Court), Sea of Tranquility (Atlantic Theater Company), The Hollow Lands (South Coast Rep), The Lights (Obie Award), Fun (Humana Festival), and Nobody (O'Neill Playwrights Conference), among others. He also wrote The Passion of Ayn Rand for Showtime, starring Helen Mirren and Peter Fonda, and co-wrote the screenplay for the upcoming film Lakeview Terrace starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson.
Michael Greif returns to Second Stage Theatre, where he directed this year's acclaimed musical Next to Normal. He was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for the Broadway production of Grey Gardens and both Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle awards for its off-Broadway world premiere. His other Broadway credits include Jonathan Larson's Rent (Tony nomination) and Never Gonna Dance. Recent productions include Romeo and Juliet (NYSF), Courtney Baron's A Very Common Procedure (MCC), Diana Son's Satellites (Public), John Guare's Landscape of the Body (Signature), Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade (Roundabout), Nilo Cruz's Beauty of the Father (MTC). NYSF: Suzan-Lori Parks' Fucking A, Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters (Obie), Jose Rivera's Marisol, Pericles, Connie Congdon's Casanova, Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day, Sophie Treadwell's Machinal (Obie). NYTW (Artistic Associate): Kate Ryan's adaptation of Cavedweller; Paul Scott Goodman's Bright Lights, Big City; Rent (Obie). Other Off-Broadway: Neal Bell's Spatter Pattern (Playwrights Horizons), LaBute's The Distance From Here (MCC), Betty Rules (Zipper), Guare's A Few Stout Individuals (Signature), Bell's Monster (CSC). Selected regional: La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-1999): Our Town, Sweet Bird of Youth, Son's Boy, Randy Newman's Faust (also Goodman), Kushner's Slavs (also Taper), Bell's Therese Raquin. Williamstown: Kaufman and Hart's Once in a Lifetime, Rice's Street Scene, Coward's Tonight at 8:30, Chekhov's The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard.
BOYS' LIFE will be performed through Sunday, November 9, 2008 at Second Stage Theatre (307 West 43rd Street, just west of 8th Avenue) on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm.
NOTE: All weekday evening performances the week of October 27 will begin at 7:00pm. Weekend curtain times remain the same.
NOTE: There will be no performance on Tuesday, November 4. There will be an added performance on Monday, November 3 at 8pm.
Tickets are $70 and may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or 800-766-6048 or online at www.2ST.com. Patrons under age 25 may purchase a limited number of specially-priced $25 tickets in advance. A limited number of student rush tickets are $15 and are available 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Group tickets are available by phoning 212-889-4300 or (800) 331-0472. 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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