Plays by Carly Mensch and Rajiv Joseph to Premiere in Second Stage's Uptown Series

News   Plays by Carly Mensch and Rajiv Joseph to Premiere in Second Stage's Uptown Series
Second Stage Theatre has announced the world premiere titles slated to play its Uptown Series this summer.

Carly Mensch's Len, Asleep in Vinyl and Rajiv Joseph's Animals Out of Paper will be seen (May 13-June 22 and July 15-Aug. 24, respectively) at the Off-Broadway company's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

The play by Mensch (whose All Hail Hurricane Gordo is receiving its world premiere at this year's Humana Festival) will open June 2 in a production directed by Jackson Gay. It centers on "Len, a legendary but disillusioned music producer [who] has retreated to a cabin in the woods, comforted by his mountains of records," according to an announcement. "When his estranged son and an ambitious but self-destructive pop star both arrive on his doorstep, Len finds himself caught between their dreams and his own demons lurking in the woods."

Joseph — an Uptown Series vet of last year's All This Intimacy — penned Animals Out of Paper as part of the Second Stage's Time Warner Commissioning Program. Giovanna Sardelli directs the work that opens Aug. 4. The play is described this way: "When a world renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his school teacher, she finds that life and love can't be neatly arranged in this drama about finding the perfect fold."

This marks the company's sixth Uptown Series. Previous playwrights presented include Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Adam Bock and Brooke Berman.

Tickets to both plays at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre (on Broadway at 76th Street) are available by calling (212) 246-4422.

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