Second Stage Series

Bug Show Runs: Friday, October 26th 2018 - Sunday, October 28th 2018

Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter introduced to her by her lesbian friend, R.C. Agnes stays at a hotel in hopes of avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband, Jerry, who was just released from prison...

Love Letters Show Runs: Friday, March 1st 2019 - Sunday, March 3rd 2019

To love and be loved. What could be more important? The play follows Melissa Gardner (Gay McCommons) and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (David Swisher) through nearly 50 years of correspondence as it charts their up-and-down relationship.

Toil and Trouble Show Runs: Friday, April 26th 2019 - Sunday, April 28th 2019

Underemployed friends Adam, Matt and Beth are desperate to beat the recession any way they can--like combining forces to take over a small island in South America. But when a fortune cookie tells Matt that he will rule and Beth gets a little too handy with a dagger, plans go awry. This hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth pits friend against friend, ambition against fate, pet-sitting against miniature vicuna mogul-dom.

The Pillowman Show Runs: Friday, June 28th 2019 - Sunday, June 30th 2019

In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian's mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian's stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area...

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 theater's most experienced and talented performers, who come together on a small budget in order to add nuance and excitement to the theatre season. 

How do I get tickets?

Normally, Second Stage shows run for one weekend and open either one or two weeks after the closing of a Mainstage show. Tickets are available on ShowClix, our ticketing service. All ticket pre-sales are handled through ShowClix and must be paid with a credit card. If the performance does not sell out, tickets will be available the day of the show at the box office inside the theater lobby, which opens about one hour before curtain time. (Curtain goes up at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 2:00pm on Sunday.)

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 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:

  • August 1 proposal deadline (August board meeting approval) for SS1 (Oct/Nov) SS2 (Feb/Mar)
  • December 1 proposal deadline (February board meeting approval) for SS3 (Apr/May) & SS4 (Jun/Jul)