Diane Paulus-Directed Witness Uganda, Now Retitled, Will Play Off-Broadway's Second Stage | Playbill

News Diane Paulus-Directed Witness Uganda, Now Retitled, Will Play Off-Broadway's Second Stage
Second Stage Theatre has announced it will kick off its new season with the New York premiere of Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews' new musical Invisible Thread, previously titled Witness Uganda, with Tony winner Diane Paulus returning to direct. The season will continue with another Off-Broadway premiere, Lydia R. Diamond's critically acclaimed Smart People, directed by fellow Tony winner Kenny Leon.

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Invisible Thread, previously titled Witness Uganda, had its world premiere at American Repertory Theatre in 2014. The Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical featured Griffin Matthews, Emma Hunton, Kristolyn Lloyd and Tyrone Davis, Jr.

Paulus has been attached to the project's development for several years and oversaw staged readings in New York late last year. Based on the real-life experiences of the creators, the musical follows the life-changing journey of a young New Yorker who volunteers for an aid project in Uganda. Performances will begin in the fall with dates and casting to be announced at a later date.

"I am so impressed by Matt and Griffin’s exceptional new musical and am very much looking forward to introducing these important writers and their uplifting new work to New York," said Second Stage artistic director Carole Rothman in a press statement.

The 37th season will continue in 2016 with the Off-Broadway premiere of Diamond's Smart People, a story that takes place on the eve of Obama's first election and centers on four Harvard intellectuals who find themselves caught up in a web of social, racial and sexual politics.

The production will be directed by award-winning film and stage director Kenny Leon, who won the Tony Award for his work on the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington. Diamond's earlier plays include Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus and Harriet Jacobs. Two more productions will be announced at a later date.

For more information and to purchase subscription packages, visit www.2ST.com or call (212) 246-4422. Second Stage is located at 305 West 43rd St.

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