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Second Stage Theatre

Tony Kiser Theatre
Address 305 West 43rd Street
New York City
United States
Owner Second Stage Theatre
Type Off-Broadway
Capacity 296
Opened 1929 (as bank)
Reopened April 1999
Architect Rem Koolhaas, Gluckman Mayner Architects
McGinn/Cazale Theatre
Address 2162 Broadway
New York City
United States
Owner Second Stage Theatre
Type Off-Broadway
Capacity 108
Opened 1984

Second Stage Theatre is a theater company founded in 1979 and located in Manhattan, New York City. It produces both new plays and revivals of contemporary American plays by new playwrights and established writers. The company has two Off-Broadway theaters, their mainstage, the Tony Kiser Theatre at 305 West 43rd Street on the corner of Eighth Avenue in the Theater District, and the McGinn/Cazale Theatre at 2162 Broadway at 76th Street on the Upper West Side. As of April 2015, the company had bought the Broadway theater, the Helen Hayes Theatre.


  • Mission 1
  • History 2
  • Helen Hayes Theatre 3
  • Uptown Series 4
  • Awards and honors 5
  • Notable people 6
    • Plays and playwrights 6.1
    • Actors 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The theatre's mission is to give new life to contemporary American plays and to produce the world premieres of new plays by both established and emerging playwrights. A fundamental part of its purpose is theatre education, which is accomplished through special performances for New York City school children, subscriber discussions with theatre artists, and an internship program.[1]



Second Stage Theatre was founded in 1979 by Carole Rothman and Robyn Goodman with the purpose of giving new life to existing plays. The company utilized multiple venues throughout New York City until 1984 when they finally found a permanent home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, an intimate 108 seat theatre at Broadway and 76th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Although the original idea of Second Stage was to give "second stagings" to plays that originally failed to find audiences, Rothman and Goodman soon began producing new works as well.[2]

In 1999, Second Stage moved into a new home on the corner of West 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue. The building was originally a bank; the 1929 structure was redesigned for the stage by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is now home to 2ST's "Uptown Series", a two-show summer series dedicated to nurturing young playwrights often receiving their first professional production in New York City.[3]

Helen Hayes Theatre

Second Stage holds the rights to purchase the Helen Hayes Theatre, a 597-seat Broadway theatre located at 240 West 44th Street in midtown-Manhattan. The theatre had previously been occupied by the musical Rock of Ages, which closed on January 18, 2015.

It was announced on April 18, 2015 that the sale of the theatre to Second Stage had been completed. The sale price was $24.7 million. Second Stage will have its first production at the theatre during the 2017-18 season, after renovations and upgrades.[4]

When programming begins in the Helen Hayes Theatre, Second Stage will be the only theatre company on Broadway dedicated exclusively to the development and presentation of contemporary American theatrical productions. Second Stage will also become one of only four non-profit theatre companies that own and operate theatres on Broadway. The company will continue to lease and operate its original theatres on the Upper West Side and in Midtown Manhattan.[5]

Uptown Series

"2ST Uptown" was created in 2002 as a program to help develop and provide a voice for a new generation of theatre artists. It has helped launch and advance the careers of several up-and-coming playwrights, including Lesyle Headland, Michael Mitnick, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Adam Bock, Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, and Dan O'Brien.

The series seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights by providing them with the support of a major artistic institution. Many of the playwrights involved are making their New York City debuts. Because of this, Second Stage serves as a gateway for many young American theatre artists to step onto the New York scene.

All plays are presented at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, on Broadway and 76th Street on the Upper West Side. The Series is curated by Second Stage's Associate Artistic Director, Christopher Burney.

Awards and honors

The company's more than 125 citations include three 2009 Tony Awards for Next to Normal including Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley), Best Original Score Written for the Theatre (Tom Kitt (musician) and Brian Yorkey), and Best Orchestrations (Tom Kitt (musician) and Michael Starobin), the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White) for The Little Dog Laughed, 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses), the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 25 Obie Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, nine Drama Desk Awards, six Theatre World Awards, 13 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards. In 2010 Next to Normal received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[6]

In the following table, the seasons correspond to the year of the play's production; the ceremonies are traditionally held in the same or the following year as the production. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees.


Notable people

Plays and playwrights


Over the years, many notable actors have brought their talent to Second Stage. For some, it was a launching pad to a successful career on stage and screen. For others it has served as an inviting place to return to the stage after years away. Among the many actors who have been through the doors include:



  1. ^ About Us, Second Stage Theatre, retrieved November 11, 2014
  2. ^ About Us, Second Stage Theatre, retrieved November 11, 2014
  3. ^ About Us, Second Stage Theatre, retrieved November 11, 2014
  4. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Sold! Second Stage Completes Million-Dollar Purchase for the Helen Hayes, Adding Fourth Non-Profit to Broadway", April 18, 2015
  5. ^ Robin Pogrebin, Second Stage Will Set Up a Broadway Shop at Helen Hayes, New York Times, July 17, 2008, retrieved November 11, 2014
  6. ^ About Us, Second Stage Theatre, retrieved November 11, 2014

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