For over three decades, Second Stage has been committed to showcasing a wide range of timely, thought-provoking stories. Beginning in 2018, we’ll bring our unique brand of bold, unflinching theatre to the most visible platform in the world—Broadway—where we’ll be the only company dedicated exclusively to the development and production of works by living American writers.
With the acquisition of the historic Helen Hayes Theatre and the launch of our campaign, we’re expanding 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 theatregoers. 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 theatre a bustling center of activity on Broadway, nurturing new plays from established and emerging writers, and feeding a new, diverse generation of theatregoers 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 $64 million effort secure our first permanent home, and to increase our impact on the American theatre scene. The project is comprised of three goals:
In April 2015 we purchased the Helen Hayes Theatre, in the heart of the Broadway theatre district.
We’re collaborating with architect and theatrical designer David Rockwell on a complete renovation of this landmarked theatre, 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 theatres.
“Broadway needs a space that will showcase the rich diversity of voices that make up the American theatre. 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.”
- Charles Isherwood, January 6, 2015
The New York Times
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 Theatre, giving Second Stage and contemporary American playwrights a permanent home on Broadway.