Will Frears will stage the Golamco work (May 18-June 13) and Trip Cullman will direct the Headland play (July 12-Aug. 7). Both presentations of the eighth annual series will play at the company's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.
The mission of Uptown Series is "to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists," according to Second Stage. Each show is allotted a limited rehearsal period and a streamlined budget.
Here is the 2010 Uptown lineup:
Frears (The Water's Edge, Still Life) directs this New York premiere centering on "Vuthy Vichea, a 16-year-old Cambodian American who wears thick glasses, loves hip hop, and plays Dungeons and Dragons. After his mother's death, Vuthy and his sister Ra struggle to reinvent themselves in Long Beach, CA, where being different can be deadly." Opening night is slated for May 26.
Golamco — the 2009 Helen Merrill Award winner — has also penned Cowboy versus Samurai and the films "Please Stand By" and "Dragon of Love." Year Zero premiered at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.
Bachelorette by Leslye Headland (July 12-Aug. 7)
Cullman (Some Men, Swimming in the Shallows) directs this world premiere. "On the eve of her wedding, Becky has arranged the perfect bachelorette celebration — but after two party crashers, one manipulative maid of honor, and a bathtub of booze, things don't go according to plan." Opening night is July 21. Headland's plays include Seven Deadly Plays: Cinephilia (lust), Bachelorette (gluttony), Assistance (greed), Surfer Girl (sloth) and Reverb (wrath). She is currently writes for the new FX series "Terriers."
Tickets for both shows at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, located on Broadway (at 76th Street, 3rd floor), can be purchased by calling (212) 246-4422. For more information, visit 2ST.com.