Second Stage Series

#HerStories Show Runs: Friday, October 25th 2019 - Sunday, October 27th 2019

Four beautifully crafted monologues by Alan Bennett reveal the secrets behind ordinary suburban lives. These stories of despair, confusion and isolation are told with the deftness, compassion and humor that have made Alan Bennett one of the UK's most beloved writers.

As You Like It Show Runs: Friday, February 28th 2020 - Sunday, March 1st 2020

Rosalind and her cousin escape into the forest and find Orlando, Rosalind's love. Disguised as a boy shepherd, Rosalind has Orlando woo her under the guise of 'curing' him of his love for Rosalind.

Arms and the Man Show Runs: Friday, May 8th 2020 - Sunday, May 10th 2020

Lovely Raina idealizes her fiance, a heroic soldier, despises the enemy soldier who begs her to save his life. After the war, both the enemy and her fiance return. Raina meets them both with arguments that spark and love-making that sparkles. Laughs and ideas battle it out for the lady's favor.

Packing Up Polly Show Runs: Friday, July 10th 2020 - Sunday, July 12th 2020

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)