What is Second Stage?
Town & Gown's Second Stage series is an exciting opportunity for smaller or more experimental productions. These shows often feature new or local playwrights and properties, and are performed in the same space as our Mainstage series. Although it often presents shows that ordinarily would not appear on the Mainstage slate (because they are too controversial or unfamiliar to a general audience), Second Stage has included a number of titles that are often done as Mainstage productions elsewhere. The Town & Gown Second Stage Series offers a wide variety of shows--from comedies to dramas, from musical revues to original works. Those who direct and act in these Second Stage productions include some of the theatre's most experienced and talented performers, who come together on a small budget in order to add nuance and excitement to the theatre season.
Normally, the Second Stage shows run two weeks following the closing of a Mainstage show for one weekend. No reservations are necessary, but patrons are advised to arrive fifteen minutes before curtain to guarantee a seat. General admission is $5.00.
Even though Town & Gown doesn't think of Second Stage productions as "big shows" (some have as few as two or three in the cast), there is scope for quite ambitious works. Look at this list of past entries: Julius Caesar, Amadeus, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Fool for Love, The Chairs, Burning Patience, Payback, The Gift of the Mayfly, Battery, Scrooge and Marley, The Buried Child, Bully, Arms and the Man, Soap Opera, The Ugly Duckling, The East-West Relation, Another Perfect Day in East Hampton, The Physicists, 'Round Robin, He Said She Said, Other People's Money, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, The Long Voyage Home and Other Plays of the Sea, Art, Misery, Henry V and several musical revues.
Proposing a Second Stage Production
Second Stage is an opportunity for burgeoning directors and upcoming playwrights to produce exciting new works or smaller, edgier shows. A proposal should be submitted to the Second Stage Coordinator. This proposal must include a full production crew, information about auditions, a copy of the script, and any specific publicity requirements. You can find the form here. Please email email@example.com the proposal and copy of the script along with any questions you may have.
Second Stage productions currently have two weeks in the theater beginning after the previous Mainstage strike. The run is typically the second weekend of this stay - Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.
In order for a show to be approved by the Board of Directors, the show's director must become a Town & Gown player. Please see Membership for more detailed information on becoming a player.
Town & Gown Second Stage has 4 performances per year. The deadline and Board approval schedule is as follows: