Joan Copeland Stars In World Premiere of Richards’ Second Summer, Jan. 4-20

News   Joan Copeland Stars In World Premiere of Richards’ Second Summer, Jan. 4-20 Composer David Lopato and costume designer Louis Valantasis have been added to the creative team for the Colleagues Theatre Company’s world premiere production of Gary Richards’ Second Summer. The play runs Jan. 4-20 at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Composer David Lopato and costume designer Louis Valantasis have been added to the creative team for the Colleagues Theatre Company’s world premiere production of Gary Richards’ Second Summer. The play runs Jan. 4-20 at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

As reported, Roy B. Steinberg helms the show, which stars Joan Copeland (The American Clock, Pal Joey, Two by Two), Gil Rogers (Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, “Guiding Light”) and Catherine Wolf (An Inspector Calls, The Countess).

Wolf founded Colleagues in 1995 to “commission and produce plays that celebrate the richness of the mature life experience, to provide performance opportunities for seasoned artists, and to create a two-year scholarship training program in theatrical craftsmanship for gifted high school graduates from underserved communities.”

Set in present day Brooklyn and Florida, Richards’ story involves a widower who “expects to live out his final years alone” but instead finds “a world of new possibilities.”

Also appearing in the show are Joel Rooks (Broadway companies of Taller Than a Dwarf, The Sisters Rosensweig), Margery Beddow (Broadway’s On Your Toes,Ulysses In Nighttown, Little Me), Jerry Rockwood (Broadway’s Edgar Allan Poe) and Carolyn Younger (Stratford Shakespearean Theatre of Canada, the Cleveland Play House, the Philadelphia Drama Guild). In addition to Lopato and Valantasis, the creative team for the show now comprises set designer Drew Francis, lighting designer Jeff Fontaine and sound designer David A. Gilman.

Opening night benefit tickets are $60 and are available by calling (212) 362-0312. Regular seats are $15 and are available through Ticket Central (212) 279-4200.

—By Murdoch McBride