Playwrights Marisa Wegrzyn and Josh Tobiessen will make their New York City debuts in the 2007 festival, which plays Second Stage's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theater, starting May 21.
Carolyn Cantor directs Wegrzyn's The Butcher of Baraboo, which will launch the series May 21 and run through June 17. The work centers on the title character, Valerie, whose "husband has gone missing and everyone suspects she played a hand, especially her nosy sister-in-law who just happens to be the town sheriff," according to show notes. "And her daughter, a drug-pushing pharmacist, might know more than she lets on."
Wegrzyn has also penned Killing Women, Psalms of a Questionable Nature, Ten Cent Night and Hickorydickory. Director Cantor's New York credits include Orange Flower Water, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Living Room in Africa, Now That's What I Call a Storm, Life Is a Dream, EVE-olution, Kitty Kitty Kitty and the upcoming world premiere of Adam Rapp's Essential Self-Defense.
Jeremy Dobrish will stage Tobiessen's Election Day to run July 16-Aug. 11. "It's Election Day, and Adam knows his over-zealous girlfriend will never forgive him if he fails to vote," reads a release. "But when his sex-starved sister, an eco-terrorist, and a mayoral candidate willing to do anything for a vote all show up, Adam finds that making that quick trip to the polls might be harder than he thought."
Playwright Tobiessen's plays include Bag of Piranhas, Up the Yard and Parallel Parking. Director Dobrish has previously staged Off-Broadway's In the Wings, Drift, Spain, Ted Kaczynski Killed People with Bombs, The Joys of Sex, Class Mothers '68 and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The festival, according to its mission statement, "seeks 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." The works presented have a limited rehearsal period and streamlined budget.
Previous Uptown plays include Joe Calarco's ...in the absence of spring..., Wendy Kesselman's The Notebook, Hunt Holman's Spanish Girl, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's The Mystery Plays, Brooke Berman's The Triple Happiness, Adam Bock's Swimming in the Shallows and Dan O'Brien's The Dear Boy. Last year, the world premieres of Anton Dudley's Getting Home and Rajiv Joseph's All This Intimacy made their debut for the series.
Tickets to the Uptown series at the McGinn/Cazale, Broadway and 76th Street, will be available by calling (212) 246-4422 or at the Second Stage box office at 307 West 43 Street. For more information visit secondstagetheatre.com.