Second Stage Theatre has announced it will present the world premiere of Sofia Alvarez’s Friend Art, directed by Portia Krieger, and the New York premiere of Lucy Teitler’s Engagements as part of the company’s 14th annual Uptown Series this summer.
Both plays will be presented at the Off-Broadway company's uptown venue, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. Friend Art, about what it means to support the arts while living in New York, will begin previews May 17 and officially open May 26. Engagements, a dark comedy about a calamity-filled engagement party, will begin July 18 and officially open July 28. Casting and full creative teams will be announced at a later date.
Here's how the new shows are billed:
In Friend Art, “Kevin and Molly are a 30-something couple about to get married. Their best friend Nate just broke up with Lil, his much younger performance artist girlfriend. The group is navigating Gotham living at varying levels of success, which inevitably means attending friends’ basement art shows. In this comedy we're confronted with what it means to support the art and decisions your friends make, regardless of what it does to your friendships.”
In Engagements, “it’s summer in New England and every weekend is someone else’s engagement party. The wildflowers, specialty cocktails, and artisanal appetizers are totally Instagram-worthy, but the people are not quite so perfect. One night, Lauren takes it into her own hands to make sure that her best friend doesn’t marry an inadequate suitor – a drunken mistake that incites a cascade of calamities, threatening to expose all of Lauren's secrets. Engagements is a dark comedy about ugly feelings in an age of beautiful self-images.”
The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located on Broadway at 76th St., Manhattan. For more information and to purchase tickets call the Second Stage Theatre Box Office at (212) 246-4422 or visit 2ST.com.