Second Stage Adds Weitz's Privilege to 2004-05 Season, Drop's Albee's Dubuque

News   Second Stage Adds Weitz's Privilege to 2004-05 Season, Drop's Albee's Dubuque
 
Second Stage Theatre has substituted an announced revival of Edward Albee's little-seen The Lady From Dubuque with the world premiere of Paul Weitz's Privilege.

The Weitz play, to be directed by Peter Askin, will begin previews in late December. The work is about two privileged Upper East Side teenagers whose lives are changed when their father is accused of insider trading. Weitz's Roulette was produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre earlier this year.

No reason was given for shelving the Albee play, which was to have starred Rosemary Harris, under the direction of David Esbjornson. The Lady From Dubuque debuted on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre in January 1980. It played 12 performances and 8 previews with a cast led by Irene Worth, Maureen Anderman, Frances Conroy, Baxter Harris and Earle Hyman.

Second Stage also announced start dates for two other 2004-05 attractions. John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea will begin previews Oct. 5. The play was the breakthrough drama for the playwright who later won an Oscar for the screenplay to "Moonstruck."

Cheryl L. West’s Birdie Blue, previously seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, will begin on May 24, 2005. The memory play will star S. Epatha Merkerson as a woman taking care of her lover. Merkerson, who is best known for her work on NBC's "Law & Order," has appeared on Broadway in Tintypes and The Piano Lesson.

And, as previously announced, Second Stage Theatre and the Manhattan Theatre Club will team up for the long-postponed staging of Reckless starring Mary-Louise Parker. The show will play the Biltmore Theatre beginning Sept. 22 for an opening on Oct. 14. The production will mark the Broadway debut of the 1983 work. Second Stage Theatre is located in Manhattan at 307 West 43 Street. For more information visit, www.secondstagetheatre.com.

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