Pulitzer Prize finalist Joseph, whose Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo will appear on Broadway in 2011, returns to Second Stage Theatre, which premiered his plays All This Intimacy and Animals Out of Paper as part of the company's Uptown Series.
Directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis, Gruesome Playground Injuries will begin previews Jan. 5, 2011, and officially open Jan. 31 at Second Stage Theatre's Off-Broadway home at 305 W. 43rd Street.
"The dark romantic saga," according to Second Stage, "explores the cost of wounded friendships. 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."
Carpenter is best known for her performance as Debra Morgan, Dexter's ambitious sister, in the acclaimed Showtime series, "Dexter." She last appeared on the New York stage as Mary Warren in the Broadway production of The Crucible opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.
Schreiber received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Awake and Sing! by Lincoln Center Theater. His many other theatre credits include Desire Under the Elms, Reasons to be Pretty (Drama Desk Award), Dying City, Mr. Marmalade, Manuscript, Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, Blood Orange and Julius Caesar at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Ellis directed Douglas Carter Beane's Mr. & Mrs. Fitch for Second Stage last season. Other Second Stage credits include Good Boys and True, The Little Dog Laughed, The Waverly Gallery and That Championship Season. Broadway credits include Curtains, Twelve Angry Men (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Arthur Miller's The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker, 1776 (Drama Desk, Tony nomination), Picnic (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Company, A Month in the Country, Steel Pier (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle awards, Tony nomination), She Loves Me (Drama Desk and Tony Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award and Olivier Award for Best Director and Best Revival, London production) and more.
Gruesome Playground Injuries will have scenic design by Neil Patel; costume design by Jeff Mahshie; and sound design by Ryan Rumery.
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