The Mystery Plays and The Triple Happiness Set for Summer New Plays Uptown Series

News   The Mystery Plays and The Triple Happiness Set for Summer New Plays Uptown Series Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's The Mystery Plays and Brooke Berman's The Triple Happiness will mark the return of Second Stage Theatre's New Plays Uptown Series.
Playwright Brooke Berman
Playwright Brooke Berman

Both works will play at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre (located above The Promenade Theatre). The Mystery Plays runs June 21-July 10 while The Triple Happiness is set for Aug. 2-21. Connie Grappo directs the Aguirre-Sacasa work which is a co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre — where the work has debuted earlier this year.

The Mystery Plays follows the intertwined retellings of two separate mysterious tragedies: "a train wreck in the Northeast corridor and a desperate expedition to find meaning in an incomprehensible crime in Oregon," a release states. Both chance events shed light on the other.

Gavin Creel (Thoroughly Modern Millie) is featured in the cast with Scott Ferrara (Henry IV - Parts I and II, Lincoln Center), Leslie Lyles (Roulette), Mark Margolis (Christmas in Naples, Williamstown Festival), Heather Mazur (The Violet Hour) and Peter Stadlen (Birdy).

Michael John Garcés directs Berman's play about a Westchester family's life which "spins wildly out of control when a down-on-her-luck movie star and a hopelessly romantic college girl invade their home," according to show materials.

The New Plays Uptown series debuted with three American plays — Joe Calarco's ...in the absence of spring..., Wendy Kesselman's The Notebook (directed by Evan Yionoulis) and Hunt Holman's Spanish Girl (dir. Erica Schmidt). The program was postponed last summer due to necessary renovations (specifically the air-conditioning system) at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

Tickets to Second Stage's New Plays Uptown at the McGinn/Cazale, Broadway and 76 Street, are available by calling (212) 246-4422 or visiting the Second Stage box office at 307 West 43 Street. For more information, visit www.secondstage.com.