Sex Lives of Our Parents and The Talls Get Summer Spotlight at Second Stage Uptown

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Second Stage Theatre artistic director Carole Rothman announced Michael Mitnick's Sex Lives of Our Parents and Anna Kerrigan's The Talls as the two world-premiere plays in the company's ninth annual Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series this summer.

Sex Lives of Our Parents playwright Michael Mitnick
Sex Lives of Our Parents playwright Michael Mitnick

Davis McCallum will direct Sex Lives of Our Parents, playing June 7–July 3. Carolyn Cantor will direct The Talls, to run Aug. 1-27. Both plays will be presented at Second Stage Theatre's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street.

Here's the uptown series at a glance:

Sex Lives of Our Parents
World premiere
Written by Michael Mitnick
Directed by Davis McCallum
June 7–July 3

"Virginia is getting married. As her wedding day approaches, unwanted ghosts of her mother's past appear, unearthing a shocking past she never knew — nor wanted to. A provocative comic nightmare about the mysterious hollows between parents and children and things that may be better left unsaid."

Michael Mitnick is a playwright and songwriter. His plays and musicals have been developed around the country at theatres including Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, The McCarter, The Denver Center Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, The Lark, Studio 42, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. He has an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn.

The Talls
World premiere
Written by Anna Kerrigan
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Aug. 1–27

"The Clarke family is dealing with some very tall problems. Just ask 17-year-old Isabelle Clarke. Negotiating Catholicism, politics and virginity in the 1970s can make the tallest girl feel really small. A comic drama about coming of age when life's lessons come in all sizes." Anna Kerrigan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director based in New York City. She most recently wrote and directed "Five Days Gone," an independent feature film in post-production. A graduate of Stanford, Kerrigan was invited to join the Ensemble Studio Theater's Youngblood Playwrights group in 2009. Her plays have been produced in New York and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where she also assisted Alex Timbers.

Tickets for performances of both plays can be purchased at the Second Stage Theatre Box Office (305 West 43rd Street) or by calling (212) 246-4422. Advance tickets are not available at the McGinn/Cazale Theater. Single tickets are $50; advance youth tickets (age 30 and under) are $20; and student rush tickets are $10 (available 30 minutes prior to curtain). A two-play subscription is available for $60.

Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series (Christopher Burney, associate artistic director and curator) was created as a program "to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists." The series aims "to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American theatre." Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget.

The series has helped launch and advance the careers of Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries and the upcoming Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO's "Big Love"), Adam Bock (A Small Fire, The Drunken City) and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering).

For more information, visit www.2ST.com.

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