Second Stage Season to Include Albee, Shanley and West Plays

News   Second Stage Season to Include Albee, Shanley and West Plays Second Stage Theatre's 2004-2005 season will include revivals of plays by Edward Albee and John Patrick Shanley as well as the world premiere of a Cheryl West's latest work.

The New York Times reports that Edward Albee's little-seen The Lady From Dubuque will be part of the upcoming Second Stage season. Directed by David Esbjornson, who helmed Albee's Tony-winning The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, Dubuque will star stage and screen star Rosemary Harris. 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.

Another revival will grace the Off-Broadway theatre next fall: John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. The play was the breakthrough drama for the playwright who later won an Oscar for the screenplay to Moonstruck.

Spring 2005 at Second Stage will see the world premiere of Cheryl West’s Birdie Blue. The memory play will star S. Epatha Merkerson as, per the Times, "a woman taking care of her lover suffering from Alzheimer’s disease." 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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