Second Stage Sets Season With New Play From ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Playwright, New Musical & Pulitzer Finalist


A new play by Dear Evan Hansen playwright Steven Levenson, a new musical from the creators of Red, Next to Normal and Avenue Q and a production of Christopher Shinn’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Dying City have been announced for the 2018-19 season of New York’s Second Stage Theater.

The trio of new productions join the previously announced Straight White Men, starring Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Ty Defoe, Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt, and the return of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song for the Second Stage’s 40th anniversary season.

The new Off-Broadway productions announced today are:

  • Days of Rage, a world premiere of Levenson’s new play, to be directed by Trip Cullman (Lobby Hero), beginning previews Oct. 2 and opening later that month at Second Stage’s Off-Broadway Tony Kiser Theater. As Second Stage describes the play: “Against the backdrop of an endless, unwinnable war raging halfway across the world, and a polarizing president recklessly stoking the flames of racist backlash at home – a generation of young people rises up to demand change from a corrupt political establishment. It is October, 1969 and unbeknownst to the rest of the world, three 20-something radicals are busy planning the impending revolution from a quiet college town in Upstate New York. But when two strangers appear, disrupting the group’s delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart.”
  • Superhero, a world premiere musical with a book by John Logan (Red), music and lyrics by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), and direction by Jason Moore (Avenue Q). This new musical, set for previews beginning January 31, 2019 for a late February opening, will star Kate Baldwin, Bryce Pinkham and newcomer Kyle McArthur. It’s described as “a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day.”
  • Shinn’s Dying City, a 2008 Pulitzer finalist, arrives late July, with a mid-August opening, in a new production by director Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves). Set in a spare Manhattan apartment, Dying City follows a young widow who receives an unexpected visit from the twin brother of her deceased husband. The play “explores the human fallout of global events, including the Iraq War and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, through the interwoven stories of three unforgettable characters.”

Second Stage’s previously announced production – the Broadway premiere of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, directed by Anna D. Shapiro – begins previews June 29, opening July 23, at The Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway.

Torch Song, directed by Moisés Kaufman and starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl, will move into the Hayes in the fall following its popular Off-Broadway run.

A fourth new production remains to be announced.

“I’m incredibly excited to celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a fantastic line-up of works that includes both world premieres and celebrated plays that deserve a second viewing,” said Artistic Director Carole Rothman.

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