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Second Stage theater moving forward


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Second Stage theater moving forward


 

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 theater 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 Theater 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.

 
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“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 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

 
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THE PROJECT


THE PROJECT


This campaign is an ambitious $64 million effort secure our first permanent home, and to increase our impact on the American theater scene.  The project is comprised of three goals:

 

THE PURCHASE – $28.5 million

In April 2015 we purchased the Helen Hayes Theater, in the heart of the Broadway theater district.

 

THE RENOVATION –  $22 million

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.

 

THE NEW AMERICAN VOICES FUND – $14 million

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 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)

 
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News


News


 

“What is in danger of disappearing from Broadway, sadly, is the new American Play.”

- The New York Times

 

Rebuilding a broadway theater with american voices

Second Stage Theater announces productions for its inaugural season on Broadway.


Renovations on the Hayes Theater Begin

The New York Times previews the renovation process with famed architect, David Rockwell. 


Second Stage Buys Helen Hayes Theater

The New York Times covers the closing purchase of the Helen Hayes Theater.


CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Charles Isherwood applauds our plans to purchase the Helen Hayes Theater, giving Second Stage and contemporary American playwrights a permanent home on Broadway.