John Doyle Will Direct Wings for Second Stage; 2010-2011 Season Announced

News   John Doyle Will Direct Wings for Second Stage; 2010-2011 Season Announced The world premiere of Lynn Nottage's By The Way, Meet Vera Stark and the New York premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries will be part of Second Stage's 2010-2011 season Off-Broadway.

John Doyle
John Doyle Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Arthur Kopit's Tony Award-nominated play about a female stroke victim, Wings, will be staged by Tony-winning director John Doyle (Company, Sweeney Todd, A Catered Affair) as the first offering of the season in October.

In January 2011 Scott Ellis will stage Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries, which premiered at the Alley Theatre in Houston last October featuring Selma Blair and Brad Fleischer. According to 2ST, "Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together."

Nottage's By the Way, Meet Vera Stark will begin previews in April 2011. The play offers "a seventy year journey into the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come."

An additional production will be announced shortly.

The New York Times first reported the 2010-2011 Second Stage season information.

Second Stage is currently presenting Kristoffer Diaz's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity through June 20. The work was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist in drama.

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