Second Stage Will Give Voice to New Plays by Alena Smith and Kenneth Lin in Summer; Uptown Series Turns Ten

News   Second Stage Will Give Voice to New Plays by Alena Smith and Kenneth Lin in Summer; Uptown Series Turns Ten
Second Stage Theatre's tenth anniversary season of its Uptown Series of new works at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on the Upper West Side will feature the world premieres of Alena Smith's The Bad Guys and Kenneth Lin's Warrior Class.

The Bad Guys will run May 21-June 17, with an opening night set for June 4. Warrior Class, directed by Evan Cabnet, will run July 11-Aug. 11, with an opening night set for July 23. Casting and creative teams will be announced.

Here are the plays at a glance:

The Bad Guys
Written by Alena Smith
May 22-June 17

"Five childhood buddies reunite on a late summer afternoon for some beer, grilling and weed, but deep within their friendship lurk ghosts that rock the patio beneath them. Bitingly comic and ruthlessly recognizable, this is the story of a generation at war with itself over what it means to 'man up.'"

Alena Smith's plays have been seen/developed at the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Joe's Pub, the Summer Play Festival, A.R.T. Institute, the Ohio Theatre, P.S. 122, Chashama, the Foundry, and the Yale Cabaret. Outside of the U.S., her work has been seen at the Southwark Playhouse in London, and at Theater Bielefeld in Bielefeld, Germany. She was a member of the Public's 2009 Emerging Writers Group, and was a 2008-09 Artist Fellow in Playwriting with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Warrior Class
Written by Kenneth Lin
Directed by Evan Cabnet
July 12-Aug. 11

"When Assemblyman Julius Lee makes a bid for Congress, the ghosts of his college days come back to haunt him. Nothing reveals true colors like a sprint to the finish, when friends become enemies and allies can turn on a dime. A political battle of race, romance, forgiveness and debt." Kenneth Lin's plays Fallow, Intelligence-Slave, Po Boy Tango (TCG Edgerton New Play Prize), said Saïd (Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition Winner, L. Arnold Weissberger Award, Princess Grace Award), Life On Paper, Agency* and Genius in Love have been seen at theatres throughout the country, including the Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, People's Light and Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Marin Theater Company and East West Players.

Both plays will be presented at Second Stage Theatre's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street.

Tickets for both shows can be purchased by calling (212) 246-4422 or online at

(Advance tickets are not available at the McGinn/Cazale Theater.)


"Created as a program to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists, the Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series (Christopher Burney, associate artistic director and curator), seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American theatre." Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget.

The series has helped launch and advance the careers of several up-and-coming playwrights, including Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO's "Big Love"), Adam Bock (A Small Fire, The Drunken City) and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering).

Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive is currently playing Second Stage's mainstage at 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue.

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