For forty years, Second Stage has been committed to showcasing a wide range of timely, thought-provoking stories. Now we're bringing our unique brand of bold, unflinching theater to the most visible platform in the world—Broadway—where we're the only company dedicated exclusively to the development and production of works by living American writers.
With the grand reopening of the Hayes Theater, we’ve expanded our campus from two stages to three, broadening our impact on our artists and audiences, and creating a much-needed Broadway home for new American plays and diverse voices.
“This is an amazing moment, both for Second Stage and for American playwrights and theatergoers. For more than three decades, Second Stage has taken the commitment to producing new plays very seriously. As we now expand onto Broadway, we continue this promise. We pledge to keep our new theater a bustling center of activity on Broadway, nurturing new plays from established and emerging writers, and feeding a new, diverse generation of theatergoers who will help keep American plays at the heart of the Broadway experience.”
– Carole Rothman, Second Stage Founder & Artistic Director
This campaign is an ambitious $65 million effort to secure our first permanent home, and to increase our impact on the American theater scene. The project is comprised of three goals:
In April 2015 we purchased the Helen Hayes Theater, in the heart of the Broadway theater district.
We’re collaborating with architect and theatrical designer David Rockwell on a complete renovation of this landmarked theater, focusing on public spaces and audience comfort, ADA accessibility, and design and infrastructure.
Owning and operating a Broadway house is an enormous undertaking. This fund will facilitate our organizational growth, allow us to continue taking artistic risks, and support the play development, education, and audience outreach initiatives needed to fill our three theaters.
“Broadway needs a space that will showcase the rich diversity of voices that make up the American theater. I can’t wait to see how this new space shifts the creative conversation on Broadway, introducing a range of artists who previously may not have been represented there.”
– Lynn Nottage, 2ST Trustee & Writer, 2ST’s Crumbs from the Table of Joy & By The Way, Meet Vera Stark; Ruined (Pulitzer Prize winner)
“What is in danger of disappearing from Broadway, sadly, is the new American Play.”
- The New York Times
Once named the Little Theater, the playhouse now known as the Helen Hayes is about to be reincarnated again.
Second Stage Theater announces productions for its inaugural season on Broadway.
The New York Times previews the renovation process with famed architect, David Rockwell.
The New York Times covers the closing purchase of the Helen Hayes Theater.
Charles Isherwood applauds our plans to purchase the Helen Hayes Theater, giving Second Stage and contemporary American playwrights a permanent home on Broadway.