Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre, which began performances June 3 toward a June 29 opening and a run to July 20, added the extra two weeks "due to extremely strong ticket sales." The Second Stage Theatre's 24th season closer is currently sold out through July 2.
Zimmerman won a 2002 Tony for her direction of Metamorphoses which began at Off-Broadway's Second Stage (after its debut in Chicago). With Notebooks, the Chicago-bred director-adapter dramatizes the ideas of the figure who defined the term "Renaissance man" — legendary Italian scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci — using music, dance, images and acrobatics.
A co-production with California's Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the play reunites Zimmerman with many members of the Metamorphoses ensemble, including Anjali Bhimani, Christopher Donahue, Kyle Hall, Doug Hara, Louise Lamson, and Mariann Mayberry. The company of Notebooks also features Lizzy Cooper Davis and Paul Oakley Stovall.
The design team for The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci includes Scott Bradley (sets), Mara Blumenfeld (costumes based on the original designs of Allison Reeds), T.J. Gerckens (lighting) and Rob Milburn with Michael Bodeen (sound). The production will feature original music composed by Miriam Strum and Michael Bodeen.
Notebooks premiered at the Goodman Theatre in November of 1993 and was presented in New York City at the 1994 Serious Fun! Festival at Lincoln Center. Tickets for the Second Stage staging of The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci at its midtown Manhattan space at 307 West 43rd Street (just off Eighth Avenue) can be purchased through (212) 246-4422 or (800) 766-6048. For more information, visit them on the web at www.SecondStageTheatre.com.