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Special One Night Only Benefit Event As Part of the Company’s 35th Anniversary Season

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February 27, 2014 – NY, NY. SECOND STAGE THEATRE announces the addition of ALICE RIPLEY, GINA GERSHON, HENRY ALFORD, ILANA LEVINE, and SANDRA SANTIAGO to the line-up for Annabelle Gurwitch’s I See You Made An Effort on March 10th, 2014. This one-night only benefit event is a part of the 35th Anniversary Season at Second Stage Theatre. I See You Made An Effort will also feature the previously announced AMY BRENNEMAN, JUDY GOLD, JESSICA HECHT, TONYA PINKINS, and ANNABELLA SCIORRA.

As part of its 35th Anniversary Season, SECOND STAGE THEATRE will present a special one-night-only benefit event, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT, created by ANNABELLE GURWITCH, and featuring AMY BRENNEMAN, JUDY GOLD, JESSICA HECHT, TONYA PINKINS, and ANNABELLA SCIORRA.  The one-night only event will take place at Second Stage Theatre (305 West 43rd Street) on Monday, March 10 at 8:00pm.

To celebrate Second Stage Theatre’s 35th Anniversary, all tickets to I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT will be available for $19.79 (the year in which the company was founded).  The event is a special benefit for Second Stage Theatre.  For tickets, please call the box office at 212-246-4422 or visit 2ST.com.

Is 50 the new 40 or is 50 just still 50? In this wickedly funny new evening, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT, actress and writer Annabelle Gurwitch explores the hazards of turning 50, including outsourcing your endocrine system and falling in lust at the Genius bar.  Adapted from her upcoming book, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT will feature Gurwitch and special guests Amy Brenneman, Judy Gold, Jessica Hecht, Tonya Pinkins, and Annabella Sciorra turning an unflinching and hilarious eye towards the myriad of issues women can expect to encounter in their middle years.  From navigating the extensive anti-aging offerings in the department store beauty counter to negotiating the ins-and-outs of acceptable behavior with a teenage son, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story and a must-see for women everywhere.

This one-night-only event will kick off a ten-city tour with author talks and performances scheduled in Chicago with Julia Sweeney, Los Angeles with Jane Kaczmarek, and Washington, DC with Barbara Ehrenreich, among others.

ANNABELLE GURWITCH appeared in Second Stage Theatre’s 20th Anniversary production of Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others and returned to Second Stage with her wildly popular event, Fired! in 2004, which went on to become an acclaimed documentary and Showtime Comedy Special. She gained a loyal comedic following hosting Dinner and a Movie on TBS. She is the author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (with her husband Jeff Kahn), currently a play receiving its third national tour.  Annabelle has been a regular commentator on NPR and contributor to The Nation, More, Glamour and a number of other national publications. Her acting credits include Seinfeld, Boston Legal, Dexter and hosting programs on Planet Green Network, The Style Channel and HBO. Most recently, she starred in the world premiere of A Coney Island Christmas at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Second Stage Theatre’s current production of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ THE HAPPIEST SONGS PLAYS LAST will officially open on Monday, March 3.


Second Stage Theatre’s artistic community is celebrating the Company’s 35th Anniversary Season with an ongoing series of readings and events throughout the season.

READING SERIES – For Writers Under 35

This summer, Leslye Headland, who wrote Second Stage Theatre Uptown’s acclaimed comedy, Bachelorette, will curate a series of free readings by writers all under the age of 35.  This series will be free and open to the public.  More details will be announced in the coming months.


Director Niegel Smith, 2004 Van Lier directing fellow at Second Stage, has created Adaptation – an immersive theatre piece which will take place on the Upper West Side of New York City.  Audience members will be guided on a special walk where they will participate in an unfolding theatrical experience on the streets and all around them. Niegel has created a number of these immersive walks in the East Village as well as other places downtown and Second Stage is thrilled to bring him Uptown.  More details will be announced in the coming months.

Additionally, Second Stage Theatre is presenting private readings of new works and celebrated plays curated by its community of artists.  Some of these events include a reading of Adam Bock’s new play, The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, directed by Trip Cullman; a reading of a new work by Murder for Two authors Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair; a private workshop of a new musical, A Girl Called Vincent, written by Carmel Dean and directed by Dick Scanlan; and a reading of Jonathan Marc Sherman’s play, Women and Wallace, directed by Thomas Kail.


Under the artistic direction of co-founder Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATRE produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water By The Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes; The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown; Dogfight by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Peter Duchan; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; Trust and Lonely, I’m Not by Paul Weitz; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz; Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; Jitney by August Wilson; Jar the Floor by Cheryl L. West; Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants by Ricky Jay; Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; and Tiny Alice by Edward Albee.

The company’s more than 130 citations include the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley, Next to Normal) and Best Score (Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal); the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed); the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, …Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, …Spelling Bee); the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses); the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 27 Obie Awards, seven Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 17 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award, and 23 AUDELCO Awards.

In 1999, Second Stage Theatre opened its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theatre at 43rd Street, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The Second Stage Theatre Uptown series was inaugurated in 2002 to showcase the work of emerging artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre at 76th Street, including The Mystery Plays by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Spanish Girl by Hunt Holman, The Triple Happiness by Brooke Berman, Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock, Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph, Bachelorette by Leslye Headland, and Warrior Class by Kenneth Lin. The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs. For subscriptions, tickets and more information, visit www.2ST.com.

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