Good Boys and True, the third production in the four-show season, will play between Next to Normal and Some Americans Abroad with previews scheduled to begin in late April 2008. An opening night is slated for mid-May. Exact dates will be announced shortly.
Second Stage has helped nurture the talent of playwright Aguirre-Sacasa. His The Mystery Plays performed as part of the troupe's Uptown series in 2004. At the midtown stage, he served as the NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and currently is part of the Time Warner Commissioning Program Theatre.
Set "against a backdrop of 1980's privilege and power," Good Boys and True follows "a disturbing scandal at an all-boys prep school [that] forces a mother to confront the truth about her son and herself," show notes reveal. The work will make its world premiere with Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in December in a production staged by Pam McKinnon (Peter and Jerry).
Aguirre-Sacasa has also penned the plays Based on a Totally True Story, Dark Matters, The Muckle Man, The Velvet Sky, Rough Magic, The Weird, Golden Age and Say You Love Satan. He has also served as a writer for HBO's "Big Love," a developing Fox series "Howl" and Marvel Comics' "Angel: Revelations" and "The Dead of Night: Man-Thing."
Director Ellis is currently represented on Broadway by Curtains, in Boston with David Rabe's Streamers (Huntington Theatre Company) and regionally by the national tour of Twelve Angry Men. He last staged The Little Dog Laughed at Second Stage. Other credits include The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker, 1776, She Loves Me, Picnic, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Waverly Gallery and the NYC Opera staging of A Little Night Music. Second Stage currently presents its season opener, Edward Albee's Peter and Jerry (through Dec. 30). Next will be the new Tom Kitt-Brian Yorkey musical Next To Normal (starting Jan. 16, 2008). Michael Greif will direct stars Alice Ripley and Brian d'Arcy James. And, closing the season will be Richard Nelson's Some Americans Abroad. Gordon Edelstein directs that show slated for early summer.
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