July 16 is Election Day as World Premiere Play Begins at Second Stage Uptown

News   July 16 is Election Day as World Premiere Play Begins at Second Stage Uptown
 
The Second Stage Theatre's Uptown Festival continues July 16 with the world premiere of Josh Tobiessen's Election Day.

Jeremy Dobrish directs the work, which is slated to officially open Aug. 1 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre for a run through Aug. 25.

Second Stage veterans Halley Feiffer (subUrbia), Adam Green (All This Intimacy) and Katharine Powell (The Water's Edge) star in the cast along with Michael Ray Escamilla (Tale of 2Cities) and Lorenzo Pisoni (The Great Gatsby).

"It's Election Day, and Adam knows his over-zealous girlfriend will never forgive him if he fails to vote," according to Second Stage notes. "But when his sex starved sister, an eco-terrorist, and a mayoral candidate willing to do anything for a vote all show up, Adam finds that making that quick trip to the polls might be harder than he thought."

Playwright Tobiessen's plays include Bag of Piranhas, Up the Yard and Parallel Parking. Director Dobrish has previously staged Off-Broadway's In the Wings, Drift, Spain, Ted Kaczynski Killed People with Bombs, The Joys of Sex, Class Mothers '68 and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

* Judith Ivey directed the world premiere of Marisa Wegrzyn's The Butcher of Baraboo — starring Debra Jo Rupp and Ashlie Atkinson — which kicked off the series. Michael Countryman, Ali Marsh and Welker White also appeared in the show.

The festival, according to its mission statement, "seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American Theatre." The works presented have a limited rehearsal period and streamlined budget.

Previous Uptown plays include Joe Calarco's ...in the absence of spring..., Wendy Kesselman's The Notebook, Hunt Holman's Spanish Girl, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's The Mystery Plays, Brooke Berman's The Triple Happiness, Adam Bock's Swimming in the Shallows and Dan O'Brien's The Dear Boy. Last year, the world premieres of Anton Dudley's Getting Home and Rajiv Joseph's All This Intimacy made their debut for the series.

Tickets to the Uptown series at the McGinn/Cazale, Broadway and 76th Street, will be available by calling (212) 246-4422 or at the Second Stage box office at 307 West 43 Street. For more information visit secondstagetheatre.com.

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