Second Stage Plans How I Learned to Drive, Blue Flower and Lonely, I'm Not for 2011-2012

News   Second Stage Plans How I Learned to Drive, Blue Flower and Lonely, I'm Not for 2011-2012
Paula Vogel's dark, coming-of-age comedy How I Learned to Drive will make a return trip Off-Broadway as part of Second Stage Theatre's 2011-2012 season. Also planned is the world premiere of Paul Weitz's Lonely, I'm Not and the New York bow of the multimedia musical The Blue Flower.

Paula Vogel
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The mainstage season will launch in early October with Jim and Ruth Bauer's The Blue Flower, which has been eying a New York bow since it debuted at the American Repertory Theater last fall. Will Pomerantz, who also helmed the A.R.T. run, will direct the Off-Broadway engagement. An earlier incarnation of the work was presented to New York audiences by the Prospect Theatre Company in 2008.

Jim Bauer serves as writer, composer and lyricist, with Ruth Bauer billed as co-writer, visual artist and videographer. The production will open in November.

According to 2ST, "Spanning two continents and half a century, the new musical, The Blue Flower, explores the romantic and tumultuous relationships between four young friends – three artists and a scientist – as they create a world of art, revolution, and passion amidst the turbulence and destruction of the World Wars."

Following will be the premiere of Weitz's Lonely, I'm Not, which will bow in early 2012. 2ST presented a starry production of his comedy Trust, which extended its run Off-Broadway last season. His plays also include Show People and Privilege.

"At an age when most people are discovering what they want to do with their lives, Porter has been married and divorced, earned seven figures as a corporate 'ninja,' and had a nervous breakdown. It's been four years since he's had a job or a date, and he's decided to give life another shot. Lonely, I'm Not is a comic journey that follows one man as he tries to put the many pieces of his life back together," 2ST states. Fifteen years after it debuted at the Vineyard Theatre, Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive will fuel-up for another Off-Broadway run in 2012.

How I Learned to Drive, according to 2ST, "explores the complex relationship between Li'l Bit and her Uncle Peck, as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much darker."

An additional mainstage work and complete dates of production will be announced shortly.


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