Second Stage Theater's Production of 'Parallelogram' Announces Full Casting

May 18, 2017 – Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz, Executive Director) has announced complete casting for its upcoming New York premiere production of Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award winner Bruce Norris’ play, A PARALLELOGRAM, directed by current Tony nominee Michael Greif. 

The cast includes JUAN CASTANO, Tony nominees ANITA GILLETTE (Chapter Two), CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), andSTEPHEN KUNKEN (Enron).

A PARALLELOGRAM will begin previews on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street).  Opening night is Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:30pm.

If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on with your life? That is the question facing Bee who, much to Jay’s confusion, can click through different moments in her life with the touch of a remote control. Past, present and future collide in this sharp existential comedy that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don’t have the power to change.

A PARALLELOGRAM will feature scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Jeff Mahshie, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Matt Tierney, animal training by William Berloni and casting by Telsey + Co.

This production is supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for A PARALLELOGRAM are $79 with a limited number for $30 tickets for those ages 30 and under. Tickets are available by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visiting the company’s website, www.2ST.com.  All productions are staged at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, 305 West 43rd Street (just west of Eighth Avenue).Box office hours are Sunday – Friday 12:00pm to 6:00pm and Saturday 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

JUAN CASTANO (JJ). Theatre: Transfer (NYSAF), The Sibling Play (Cherry Lane Theatre), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Atlantic Stage 2), La Nina Que Moria a Cada Rato (NYC Spanish Rep.), Tigers Be Still (Drilling Co.), Minotaur (Drama League DirectorFest).  TV: “The OA” (Netflix), “Shades of Blue” (NBC), “Elementary” (CBS), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “Blue Bloods” (CBS).  Film: Wilde Wedding, Blue Angel, Lost Cat Corona and My First Miracle.  

ANITA GILLETTE (Bee2/Bee3/Bee4) is probably best known as Miss Mona in Moonstruck, or Miss Mitzi in Shall We Dance; her other feature films include The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, Boys On The Side, Larger Than Life, She’s the One, The Guru, Bob Roberts, The Great New Wonderful.  She has starred in fourteen Broadway shows including: Chapter Two (Tony Nomination, LA Drama Critics Award), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), CarnivalGypsy, Guys & Dolls, Don’t Drink the Water, All American, Kelly, Jimmy, They’re Playing Our Song, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mr. President. Off Broadway and Regional: A Confederacy of Dunces (IRNE nom), The Big Meal (Lortel Award nom.), Love, Loss & What I Wore, The Seagull, She Loves Me, Shirley Valentine, Skin of Our Teeth, Juno, Rich & Famous, Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest (in rep at the Mark Taper Forum), Flamingo Court, My Fair Lady, Sweet Bird of Youth (with Joanne Woodward), The Great Waltz (recorded for Capitol), Knickerbocker Holiday (with Burt Lancaster).  She was Tina Fey’s mother on “30 Rock”, a series regular on “Quincy”, “Almost Grown” (by David Chase), “The War at Home”, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”, “Me & the Chimp”, “Normal Ohio”, “The Baxters”, “All That Glitters” for Norman Lear and recurring roles on “CSI” and “Law & Order”.  Episodic work: “Chicago Med”, “Modern Family”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “Sex & the City”, “Cold Case”, “Women’s Murder Club”, “Frasier”, “Mad About You”.  She has been on every major game show including “Pyramid”, “Password”, “Match Game”, “To Tell the Truth”, “What’s My Line”, etc.  She was a foil for Johnny Carson for at least 50 “Tonight” shows.  She won both MAC and BISTRO awards for her one woman show After All.  She has performed at Birdland, Feinstein’s, 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Cape May Playhouse, Germano’s, and London’s St. James and Pheasantry.  She has sung with the New York Philharmonic, The Mississippi Philharmonic, and made her Carnegie Hall debut just a few years ago in Song of Norway.

CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER (Bee) most recently appeared in this season's Broadway production The Cherry Orchard at The Roundabout Theatre.  She is best known for her performances on Broadway as Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, and Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  She received Tony Award Nominations for all three roles.  Off Broadway she has appeared in The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center, Bachelorette at Second Stage, and A Small Fire at Playwrights Horizons.  Recently, she played guest star roles in notable TV series such as “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “Louie.”   

STEPHEN KUNKEN (Jay). Broadway: David Halberstam in The Columnist, Father Michael Delpapp in High, Andy Fastow in Enron(Tony Award Nominee - Best Supporting Actor), Tom Stoppard'sRock n RollFrost/Nixon (Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Nominations), FestenProof. Off- Broadway: An American Daughter (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Apple Family Plays (Public Theater) (Drama Critics Special Citation Outstanding Ensemble), Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center Theater), Rx (Primary Stages), Lost in the Stars (Encores), Our Town (Barrow Street), Our House (Playwrights Horizons), A Very Common Procedure (MCC, Drama League Nomination), Fabulation (Playwrights Horizons), The Story (Public Theater), A Dybbuk (Public Theater), Arrangements (Atlantic Theater Co.), Henry VIII (NYSF), Misalliance (Roundabout). Regional includes Walk on the Moon (NY Stage and Film),Noises Off (Dorset Theatre Festival), Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown), True West (Williamstown), Three Sisters (Williamstown), Mister Roberts (Kennedy Center), Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Television: Strong recurring roles on “Billions” and “The Affair”. His credits also include “The Handmaids Tale”, “Unforgettable”, “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “The Good Wife”, “Gossip Girl”, “The Unusuals”, “New Amsterdam”, all of the “L&O’s”, “The Sopranos”, and ”Spin City”. Film: Jason Bourne, Cafe Society, Bridge of Spies, Custody, Still Alice, Wolf of Wall Street, A Birders Guide to Everything, The Bay, Price Check, Passing Harold Blumenthal, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, All Good Things, Taking Woodstock, Girl in the Park, Wait till This Year, Light/Sufferer, Bamboozled. Juilliard Graduate. 2004 Fox Fellowship recipient.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

BRUCE NORRIS (Playwright) is the author of Clybourne Park, which won the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards (London) for Best Play, 2010, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2011, and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012.  Other plays include The Infidel (2000), Purple Heart (2002), We All Went Down to Amsterdam (2003), The Pain and the Itch (2004), The Unmentionables (2006) and The Qualms (2014), all of which had their premieres at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago.  Recent productions include The Low Road (2013 at the Royal Court Theatre (London), Domesticated which premiered in 2013 at Lincoln Center Theater, and The Qualms at Playwrights Horizons in 2015.  

MICHAEL GREIF (Director) returns to Second Stage Theater where he staged Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul’s Dear Evan Hansen, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal and Howard Korder’s Boys’ Life.  Broadway credits include current productions of War Paint and Dear Evan HansenIf/Then, starring Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and LaChanze; Next to NormalGrey GardensRent (Tony Award nominations) and Never Gonna Dance. At the Delacorte, The Tempest, Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet. Off-Broadway credits include new plays, musicals and revivals at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Shakespeare Festival/Public, NYTW, Roundabout, and Signature, including Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, the 2010 revival of Angels in America (Lortel Award), Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide … (Public), Guare's Landscape of the Body (Signature) and musical adaptations of Giant (Public) and Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). He received Obie Awards for Machinal and Dogeaters (Public) and for Rent (NYTW). Regional credits include Williamstown (nine seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Center Stage, Goodman, Guthrie, CTG/Taper, DTC and Trinity Rep. Education: Northwestern (BS), UCSD (MFA). 

ABOUT SECOND STAGE THEATER

Under the artistic direction of Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATER produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis; 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes; The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown; Dogfight by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Peter Duchan; Dear Evan Hansen by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, and Steven Levenson; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; Trust and Lonely, I’m Not by Paul Weitz; The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz; Everyday Rapture and Whorl Inside a Loop by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; Jitney by August Wilson; Jar the Floorby Cheryl L. West; Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants by Ricky Jay; Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; and Tiny Alice by Edward Albee.

 

The company’s more than 130 citations include the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley, Next to Normal) and Best Score (Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal); the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed); the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin,…Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, …Spelling Bee); the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses); the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 30 Obie Awards, eight Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 13 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 19 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 23 AUDELCO Awards.

 In 1999, Second Stage Theater opened The Tony Kiser Theater, its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theatre, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.  In 2002, Second Stage launched “Second Stage Theater Uptown” series to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theater.  The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs.

SECOND STAGE THEATER AT THE HAYES

 In 2015 Second Stage Theater purchased the historic Hayes Theater, located at 240 W. 44th Street.  With this new home, Second Stage will be the only theater company on Broadway dedicated exclusively to the development and presentation of contemporary American theatrical productions.  The company will continue to lease and operate their original theaters on the city’s Upper West Side and in Midtown Manhattan.  Second Stage Theater has enlisted David Rockwell and The Rockwell Group to make renovations and updates to the 103 year old landmark building. They began renovations on the theatre in 2016 and plan for its first Broadway production to be staged in the Hayes during the 2017-18 season.

 

For more information, please visit www.2ST.com

Trevor Chauvin