Second Stage to Present New York Premiere of New Lynn Nottage Play at Broadway’s Hayes Theater in the Fall of 2021

Second Stage Theater’s 2021 Season will feature the New York premiere of Lynn Nottage’s latest work, directed by Nottage’s frequent collaborator, Kate Whoriskey. Performances begin on Broadway in the fall of 2021.

Lynn Nottage on the set of SWEAT. Photo by Lia Chang

“We are thrilled to welcome Lynn Nottage (2ST’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark) back to Second Stage and to continue our longstanding collaboration,” said 2ST President and Artistic Director Carole Rothman. “As Broadway works together to return even stronger than before, our dedication to living American Playwrights feels vital to the resurgence of the theatrical landscape.”

In this stirring new play from the team of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat), a truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at reclaiming their lives. Even as the shop’s callous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given purpose and permission to dream by the enigmatic, zen-like chef and his belief in the possibility of the perfect sandwich. Funny, moving, and urgent, it’s an example of Nottage’s “genius for bringing politically charged themes to life by embodying them in ordinary characters living ordinary lives” (The Wall Street Journal).

The production is supported by a grant from the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Lynn Nottage’s recent credits include the opera adaptation of Intimate Apparel, an Opera (Lincoln Center Theater), Floyd’s (Guthrie), The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic). Upcoming: MJ (Broadway). Plays include Mlima’s Tale, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Evening Standard Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Lortel, NY Drama Critics’ Circle, AUDELCO, Drama Desk and OCC awards); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and NYDCC awards). TV: Writer/producer: “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix). PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, Merit and Literature Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, Associate Professor at Columbia, and Member of the Dramatist Guild.

Kate Whoriskey’s most recent directing credits include All the Natalie Portmans at MCC, Floyd’s at the Guthrie and Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw at Mannes Opera. Broadway credits include Sweat at Studio 54, and The Miracle Worker at Circle in the Square. Off Broadway: Songs for a New World (Encores Off Center), The Cardinal, How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), Ruined (MTC), Her Requiem (Lincoln Center Theater), Aubergine, Fabulation and Inked Baby (Playwrights Horizons) and The Piano Teacher (Vineyard), among others. Regional credits include productions at the Guthrie Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep., Sundance Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage and Arena Stage among others. Her opera direction has been seen at the Mannes Opera, Theatre Du Chatelet in Paris and Teatro Municipal in Brazil.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. The Lia Chang theater portfolio collection,1989-2011, is in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) collection located in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room and can be accessed here.

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