Second Stage Sets Dates for Mason-Cerveris Wintertime and Kathy & Mo Afterbirth

News   Second Stage Sets Dates for Mason-Cerveris Wintertime and Kathy & Mo Afterbirth Second Stage Theatre has set dates for its upcoming productions of Wintertime and Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo's Greatest Hits to play the Off-Broadway company's midtown Manhattan mainstage.

Charles L. Mee's Wintertime will run Feb. 3-March 21, 2004 and the new Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney (Kathy & Mo) creation is slated for June 11-July 11, 2004.

Marsha Mason ("The Goodbye Girl") will star with Michael Cerveris (Tommy, the upcoming Assassins) in Wintertime, which follows a man who is about to propose at a secluded snowbound house when he finds that his mother and her lover already occupy the cabin. As if that was not enough, the father then shows up with his boyfriend.

David Schweizer directs a cast that also features Tina Benko, Brienin Bryant, T. Scott Cunningham, Carmen de Lavallade, Nicholas Hormann, Danny Mastrogiorgio and Lola Pashalinski. Wintertime is a co-production with New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center — where it will recently played.

The design team for Wintertime will feature Andrew Lieberman (scenic), David Zinn (costume), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Eric Shim (sound).

Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney — the duo behind The Kathy and Mo Show — return to Off-Broadway for a four-week engagement as part of Second Stage's 25th Anniversary Season. Second Stage presented their previous work The Further Adventures of Kathy and Mo in 1986. Don Scardino (Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All) directed. Najimy and Gaffney then starred and penned The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives which followed the duo 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 is remembered from the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet" and the "Sister Act" movies. She replaced original star Claudia Shear in the title role in Dirty Blonde. Gaffney appeared on two seasons of "Absolutely Fabulous" and hosted three seasons of "Women Aloud!" on Comedy Central.

Second Stages' 25th anniversary season also features the world premiere of Jonathan Reynolds' Dinner with Demons directed by Peter Askin through Jan. 18, 2004 and the long-postponed staging of Craig Lucas' Reckless directed by Mark Brokaw starring Mary-Louise Parker. No dates for the latter have been set, though a production spokesperson confirms the star and director are still committed to the work. A possible Broadway run of the staging has been rumored in the past, and Barry and Fran Weissler have gone on the record with their interest in the play.

For tickets to the 25th anniversary season at Second Stage, 307 West 43rd Street (off 8th Avenue), call (212) 246-4422 or visit www.secondstagetheatre.com.