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Casting and Dates Announced for GOOD BOYS AND TRUE at Second Stage Theatre

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Ellen Richard, Executive Director) has announced that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's new play, GOOD BOYS AND TRUE, will begin preview performances on Wednesday, April 23 at Second Stage Theatre (307 West 43rd Street, just west of Eighth Avenue). Directed by Tony Award-nominee Scott Ellis, GOOD BOYS AND TRUE will officially open Monday, May 19 at 6:45pm.  Tickets are available by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or online at

GOOD BOYS AND TRUE will feature Christopher Abbott, Betty Gilpin, Kellie Overbey (The Coast of Utopia), Brian J. Smith (Come Back, Little Sheba), and J. Smith-Cameron (After the Night and the Music).

Second Stage Theatre helped launch Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's career when they produced his drama, The Mystery Plays, in the Second Stage Uptown series during the summer of 2004.  Following that, Roberto was the NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence at Second Stage Theatre during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and is currently part of the Time Warner Commissioning Program at Second Stage Theatre.

Against a backdrop of 1980's privilege and power, a disturbing scandal at an all-boys prep school forces a mother (J. Smith-Cameron) to confront the truth about her son (Brian J. Smith) and herself in GOOD BOYS AND TRUE, a new play by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Based on a Totally True Story, HBO's "Big Love"), directed by Tony Award-nominee Scott Ellis (Curtains, The Little Dog Laughed, Twelve Angry Men). As the scandal unexpectedly twists and turns, mother and son find themselves contending with unforeseen and long-concealed secrets that threaten to destroy both school and family.

GOOD BOYS AND TRUE will have scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Tom Broeker, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Lewis Flinn.

The world premiere production of GOOD BOYS AND TRUE, directed by Pam MacKinnon, played at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre from December 12, 2007 - February 16, 2008.

Second Stage Theatre's New York Premiere production of GOOD BOYS AND TRUE is supported by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's many plays include The Muckle Man (City Theatre in Pittsburgh), Dark Matters (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Based on a Totally True Story (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Mystery Plays (Yale Rep/Second Stage Theatre), The Velvet Sky (Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.), Rough Magic (Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York), and The Weird (an evening of short pulpy plays at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta). His early comedies Golden Age and Say You Love Satan were both nominated for GLAAD Media Awards and have been performed around the country.  For Marvel Comics, he is the Harvey Award-winning author of such titles as Angel: Revelations and The Dead of Night: Man-Thing. Most recently, he joined the writing staff of HBO's acclaimed series "Big Love" and developed a television series about werewolves, "Howl," for the Fox Network.

Director Scott Ellis returns to Second Stage Theatre where he has staged many productions, including last season's critically acclaimed Broadway transfer The Little Dog Laughed, as well as That Championship Season, the company's first production in its 43rd Street home.  Mr. Ellis' many Broadway productions include Curtains (Tony nomination), Twelve Angry Men (Tony nomination), Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All the Luck with Chris O'Donnell, The Boys from Syracuse, The Rainmaker with Woody Harrelson and Jayne Atkinson, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nomination), She Loves Me (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Tony nomination), A Month in the Country with Helen Mirren, Steel Pier (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Tony nominations). Recent off-Broadway work includes Entertaining Mr. Sloane with Alec Baldwin and The Waverly Gallery with Eileen Heckart.


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 by Edward Albee; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; 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; Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem by Ricky Jay; Living Out by Lisa Loomer; This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo's Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; 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; Metamorphoses and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Some Men by Terrence McNally; and eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.  The company's more than 125 citations include 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, 23 Obie Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, five Theatre World Awards, 11 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards.

In 1999, Second Stage Theatre opened its state-of-the art 296-seat theatre at 43rd Street, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

The Second Stage Theatre Uptown series was inaugurated in 2002 to showcase the work of emerging artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre at 76th Street, including The Mystery Plays by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Spanish Girl by Hunt Holman, The Triple Happiness by Brooke Berman and Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock. The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs.

GOOD BOYS AND TRUE will be performed through Sunday, June 1, 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 May 20 will begin at 7:00pm.  Weekend curtain times remain the same.

NOTE: There will be added 7:00pm performances on Sunday, April 27, and Sunday, May 4.  There will be no matinees on Wednesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 30.  There will be no performance on Tuesday, May 20.

Tickets are $70 and may be purchased by phoning 212-246-4422 or 800-766-6048 or online at  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.

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