The limited engagement, which opens June 17, is slated to end performances July 11
Afterbirth — which played in Los Angeles earlier this year — comprises some of the title stars' favorite pieces from previous shows including their HBO specials "Parallel Lives" and "The Dark Side," with a few new surprises. Everything from the creation of the world to bar flies to plastic surgery are game in what is billed as a "truthful look at the world through the eyes of two funny feminists."
Second Stage presented the duo's previous work The Further Adventures of Kathy and Mo in 1986. Don Scardino (the upcoming Lennon) directed. Najimy and Gaffney then starred and penned The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives which followed the gals as they became men and women traveling through life's little rituals such as teenage dating, family funerals and the mating dance at a country western bar. Paul Benedict (Strictly Academic) directed the latter.
Najimy, who provides the voice of Peggy on "King of the Hill," is remembered from the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet" and the "Sister Act" movies. On Broadway, she replaced original star Claudia Shear in the title role of Dirty Blonde. Gaffney appeared regularly on the television shows "Mad About You" and "Absolutely Fabulous" and hosted three seasons of "Women Aloud!" on Comedy Central. She starred Off-Broadway in The Mineola Twins with Swoosie Kurtz.
Director Brokaw (The Long Christmas Ride Home) is also slated to end the Second Stage Theatre's 2003-2004 season as the company teams up with the Manhattan Theatre Club for the Broadway staging of Reckless starring Mary Louise Parker. The show is set to begin previews Sept. 22 towards an Oct. 14 opening at the Biltmore Theatre. Second Stages' upcoming 26th season will feature the John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Edward Albee's The Lady From Dubuque (David Esbjornson directs Rosemary Harris) and the world premiere of Cheryl West’s Birdie Blue starring S. Epatha Merkerson ("Law & Order").
For tickets to Afterbirth: Kathy and Mo's Greatest Hits at Second Stage, 307 West 43rd Street (off 8th Avenue), call (212) 246-4422 or visit www.secondstagetheatre.com.