Prep School-Set Good Boys and True Begins Second Stage Run April 23

News   Prep School-Set Good Boys and True Begins Second Stage Run April 23
Brian J. Smith and J. Smith-Cameron star in the New York debut of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Good Boys and True, which begins previews April 23 at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre.
J. Smith-Cameron and Brian J. Smith.
J. Smith-Cameron and Brian J. Smith.

Scott Ellis directs the production that is scheduled to officially open May 19 at the midtown theatre company. The run is currently slated through June 1.

Set "against a backdrop of 1980's privilege and power," Good Boys and True follows "a disturbing scandal at an all-boys prep school [that] forces a mother (Smith-Cameron) to confront the truth about her son (Smith) and herself," according to show notes.

Smith (Come Back, Little Sheba) and Smith-Cameron (After the Night and the Music) are joined in the cast by Lee Tergesen (The Foreigner, "Oz"), Kellie Overbey (The Coast of Utopia), Christopher Abbott and Betty Gilpin.

The design team includes Derek McLane (scenic), Tom Broeker (costume), Kenneth Posner (lighting) and Lewis Flinn (original music).

Second Stage has helped nurture the talent of playwright Aguirre-Sacasa. His The Mystery Plays was part of the troupe's Uptown series in 2004. At the midtown stage, he served as the NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and currently is part of the Time Warner Commissioning Program Theatre. Good Boys and True made its world premiere with Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in a production staged by Pam McKinnon (Peter and Jerry) in December 2007.

Aguirre-Sacasa has also penned the plays Based on a Totally True Story, Dark Matters, The Muckle Man, The Velvet Sky, Rough Magic, The Weird, Golden Age and Say You Love Satan. He has also served as a writer for HBO's "Big Love," a developing Fox series "Howl" and Marvel Comics' "Angel: Revelations" and "The Dead of Night: Man-Thing."

Director Ellis is currently represented on Broadway by Curtains and regionally by the national tour of Twelve Angry Men. He last staged The Little Dog Laughed at Second Stage. Other credits include The Boys From Syracuse, The Rainmaker, 1776, She Loves Me, Picnic, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Waverly Gallery and the NYC Opera staging of A Little Night Music.

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