July 1, 2006


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Second Stage Theatre has moved up in the world over the past several years, moving shows to Broadway (like this one, and this one) and doing most of their work at a mid-sized off-Broadway space in midtown. They did, however, wisely hold onto their jewel of a space on the Upper West Side, and here’s the latest offering there:

Concludes its 2006 Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series
with the World Premiere of



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Following the world premiere of Anton Dudley’s Getting Home, Second Stage Theatre Uptown will conclude its 2006 season with the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s All This Intimacy, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. The play will begin previews on July 17 and officially open on July 27 at Second Stage’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway @ 76th street. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422.

Second Stage Theatre alum Thomas Sadoski (Reckless, This is Our Youth) leads the cast of All This Intimacy, which also features Gretchen Egolf, Adam Green, Amy Landecker, Kate Nowlin, and Krysten Ritter.

Ty (Sadoski) is a lusty 30-year-old poet who finds himself embroiled in several simultaneous relationships. There’s his sweet girlfriend Jen (Egolf); his God-fearing 40-year-old neighbor Maureen (Landecker); and Becca (Ritter), his 18-year-old student. They all have news for him that is sure to rock the cradle! In the new play All This Intimacy, the unique voice of emerging playwright Rajiv Joseph (Huck and Holden) weaves together this distinctive story of a 30-year-old boy’s struggle to become a man.

Playwright RAJIV JOSEPH currently holds a playwriting fellowship at the Lark Play Development Center. Huck and Holden recently played at the Cherry Lane Theatre after being selected by Theresa Rebeck for the 2005 Cherry Lane Mentor Project. Rajiv was a 2004-2005 Dramatists Guild Fellow and his play Scenes From Childhood won the Rita and Burton Goldberg Award for Playwriting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. He has an MFA in Playwriting from Tisch and a BA in Creative Writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He teaches Expository Writing at NYU.

GIOVANNA SARDELLI participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab last summer working with Adriana Sevan on her one-woman show Taking Flight which will be presented at CTG, Kirk Douglas Theatre in L.A. this spring. She is an Artistic Associate with The Lark Play Development Center, where her credits include their benefit performance of Earth Girls Are Easy starring Kristin Chenoweth, and the BareBones productions of Apple Cove by Lynn Rosen and Bromius Beaujolais by David Rosenthal. Recent directing credits include Huck & Holden by Rajiv Joseph, Cherry Lane Theatre; Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket; Apple Cove, Todd Mountain Theater Project; Back From The Front by Lynn Rosen; and The Seagull, The Three Sisters (a collaboration with Mud/Bone and Studio Tisch), among others. She was recently the Staff Repertory Director for The Acting Company for whom she directed The Tempest and spent two seasons as Director of the Shakespeare Sedona Institute.


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 has helped launch and advance the careers of several up-and-coming playwrights, including Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (whose play, Based on a Totally True Story, recently premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club), Adam Bock (whose play Swimming in the Shallows was named one of Time Out’s Top Ten Plays of 2005 and was also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award), Brooke Berman (who is currently writing the screenplay, Smashing, for Natalie Portman), playwright/director Joe Calarco (who recently received 12 Helen Hayes Award nominations for his production of Urinetown), and Dan O’Brien (who recently received the prestigious 2006/07 Princeton University Hodder Fellowship).

The series 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 premiered in 2002 with three new American plays: …in the absence of spring…, written and directed by Joe Calarco, The Notebook, written by Wendy Kesselman and directed by Evan Yionoulis, and Hunt Holman’s Spanish Girl, directed by Erica Schmidt. The 2004 season saw the New York premiere of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s The Mystery Plays, as well as Brooke Berman’s The Triple Happiness, starring Ally Sheedy. Second Stage Theatre Uptown was on hiatus in 2003 due to theatre repairs.

Last year’s season included the New York premiere of the critically acclaimed comedy Swimming in the Shallows, written by Adam Bock and starring Logan Marshall-Green, as well as the world premiere of Dan O’Brien’s The Dear Boy. Anton Dudley’s Getting Home, directed by David Schweizer, is the first play in this summer’s Uptown series. The production runs through July 1.


All This Intimacy will be performed at the McGinn/Cazale Theater (Broadway & 76th Street, above The Promenade) from Monday, July 17 – Saturday, August 12 on the following schedule: Monday-Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm & 8:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the Second Stage Theatre Box Office (307 West 43rd Street) or by calling (212) 246-4422. Advance tickets are not available at the McGinn/Cazale or The Promenade. Single tickets are $30; advance youth tickets (age 25 and under) are $20; and student RUSH tickets are $10 (available one hour prior to curtain).

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