Report: Rebeck's Humana Hit The Scene May Be Seen Off-Broadway Next Year

News   Report: Rebeck's Humana Hit The Scene May Be Seen Off-Broadway Next Year
Theresa Rebeck's The Scene may be headed for Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre, the author of the Humana Festival hit told Bloomberg news.

In the interview, the scribe told Bloomberg that Rebecca Bayla Taichman, who staged the Humana run, will direct the New York run next year and a commercial producer would likely be involved for a possible transfer. Second Stage could not confirm any productions for next season at this time, according to a spokesperson.

The company has already announced Rebeck's The Water's Edge starring Kate Burton, Austin Lysy and Tony Goldwyn. Will Frears (Omnium Gatherum) will direct the New York debut that begins May 23 and opens June 14 for a run through July 9.

The Scene was listed among the productions being considered for production by New York Theatre Workshop. Rebeck, however, added that that move is unlikely due to scheduling problems.

In The Scene, an out-of-work New York actor who has an affair with a fresh faced Ohioan ingenue and finds himself more morally and spiritually lost than he was before. At Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, Taichman directed the cast of Stephen Barker Turner, David Wilson Barnes, Anna Camp and Carla Harting.

"I was interested in the projection of self-loathing on someone who will destroy you," Rebeck described. "I think self-loathing is imbued in this culture. The culture makes promises it will not deliver: more of everything, more money, more stuff. It's a capitalist trick that keeps us buying. People crumble under it." Playwright Rebeck has previously collaborated with Second Stage on her plays The Family of Mann, Loose Knit and Spike Heels. She also co-wrote Bad Dates and (with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros) the 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist Omnium Gatherum.

Second Stage currently presents the world premiere of Show People by Paul Weitz (Privilege, Roulette) through April 30. For more information on Second Stage, visit

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