Grappo-Directed Mystery Plays Will Play Second Stage's New Plays Uptown Series in July

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's The Mystery Plays, which will make its world premiere at New Haven's Yale Repertory Theatre, April 30-May 22, 2004, will then see the New York stage as part of Second Stage Theatre's New Plays Uptown Series in July.

Connie Grappo — who recently directed the pre-Broadway engagement of Little Shop of Horrors — directs the co-production which will open May 6, 2004 at the New Haven, Connecticut stage.

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.

Grappo's directorial credits include Annie Weisman's Hold Please and Rob Ackerman's Tabletop (Working Theatre), Belmont Avenue Social Club, On House, Spread Eagle and Century City.

Aguirre-Sacasa is a Yale School of Drama graduate. His plays include Rough Magic, Golden Age, Say You Love Satan and The Muckle Man — which played as part of The Public Theater’s 2002 New Work Now! Series.

The New Plays Uptown series was postponed last summer due to necessary renovations (specifically the air-conditioning system) at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre — where the program is housed. A second work, The Triple Happiness by Brooke Berman is also under consideration for the Second Stage series. No official dates for either producion have been announced.

Tickets to The Mystery Plays at Yale Rep's New Theatre, 1156 Chapel Street in New Haven, CT are available by calling (203) 432-1234 or visiting

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