Second Stage Theatre’s upcoming 2013-2014 season will include the New York premieres of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last and Laura Eason’s play Sex with Strangers, directed by David Schwimmer.
Following up last season’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful, The Happiest Song Plays Last is the final play in Hudes’ Elliot trilogy, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The play picks up with cousins Elliot and Yaz who return home and adapt to their new lives, as Elliot catches a lucky break in the film business and Yaz takes on the role of family and neighborhood matriarch. The play bows in winter 2014.
Sex with Strangers will premiere in summer 2014 in a production directed by Schwimmer. When sex blogger Ethan tracks down his idol, a gifted but obscure novelist named Olivia, their attraction turns to sex as they inch closer to getting what they want. The play challenges the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.
The pair of productions joins the New York premiere musical Little Miss Sunshine, which kicks off Second Stage’s 35th anniversary season on October 15. One additional production has yet to be announced.