Second Stage Series

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 secondstage@townandgownplayers.org 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)
Next Fall Show Runs: Friday, October 20th 2017 - Sunday, October 22nd 2017

After a tragic accident Adam (Dustin Ahkuoi) must reach out to his partner’s family and friends to reconcile the one thing they could not. A funny and poignant story of love, loss and faith Next Fall will surprise you with its powerful, and at times funny, emotional ride and performances that build a compelling relationship.

Visiting Mr. Green Show Runs: Friday, March 2nd 2018 - Sunday, March 4th 2018

Visiting Mr. Green is a poignant, at times hilarious, and heartwarming portrayal of the collision of two men - one a devout Jewish widower, the other a young hot-shot American Express executive - each of whom harbors painful secrets. What starts out as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together beautifully evolves into a gripping and emotional drama.

Sleeping Indoors Show Runs: Friday, May 4th 2018 - Sunday, May 6th 2018

When literary reviewer Paul and his wife Nora invite a homeless man, Dwain, into their home for Christmas dinner, they don't expect to be so charmed by him -- or that his journal will be the incredible literary masterpiece that it is. But can Dwain, whose art thrives in anonymity, be convinced to give up the only life he's known for such comforts as sleeping indoors?

The Language Archive Show Runs: Friday, June 29th 2018 - Sunday, July 1st 2018

George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn't know what to say to his wife, Mary, to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn't recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant, Emma, has for him.