Second Stage Theatre Uptown Continues July 13 with Kaplan's Wildflower

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Second Stage Theatre Uptown continues its 2009 summer series with the world premiere of Lila Rose Kaplan's Wildflower, starting July 13 the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.
Nadia Bowers and Quincy Dunn-Baker
Nadia Bowers and Quincy Dunn-Baker

Giovanna Sardelli directs the work featuring Nadia Bowers, Ron Cephas Jones, Quincy Dunn-Baker, Jake O'Connor and Renée Felice Smith. The show will officially open July 27 at the Off-Broadway company's uptown space for a run through Aug. 8. Wildflower follows "a woman and her troubled son [who] look to escape their past in Crested Butte, a small town with its own share of secrets," according to Second Stage notes. "They encounter a curious girl, a forest ranger, and an ex-drag queen. The five collide in a summer of botany and sexual awakening."

Playwright Kaplan has penned the plays Aquarium, Catching Flight and Chicken with Stars. Director Sardelli recently won the 2008 Joseph A. Callaway Award for excellence in stage direction for last season's Uptown production of Rajiv Joseph's Animals Out of Paper.

Ron Cephas Jones

The Wildflower design team include Steven Kemp (scenic), Paloma Young (costume), Lap Chi Chu (lighting) and Jill Duboff (sound). The world premiere of Zakiyyah Alexander's 10 Things To Do Before I Die kicked off this year's Uptown series. Natalie Belcon and Tracie Thoms starred in the work that ran May 12-June 14 and was directed by Jackson Gay.

Tickets to Wildflower at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre (Broadway at 76th Street) are available by calling the Second Stage Theatre Box Office at (212) 246-4422 or online at

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