Thoughts & Musings

What Goes ‘Round, Comes ‘Round

What Goes ‘Round, Comes ‘Round
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Ed Shea, Artistic Director at 2nd Story Theatre

Dear Friends,

As those of you who’ve attended our current production of Seminar know, 2nd Story has returned to its roots: We’re back to our original in-the-round configuration.

I’d forgotten how much I like it. And how intimate, immediate, and profoundly simple theatre can be.

In fact, I am so inspired by the jolt of energy it has brought to our audience and company, I’ve decided to leave it as-is for a while.

And that creates a couple of problems, as well as opportunities.

Because the last two shows of the UpStage season, The Ladies Man and Time of My Life, were chosen for proscenium and are not well-suited to in-the-round staging, I had to make some changes.

In place of Ladies Man, we’ll stage Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, a terrific play for our company, our audience, and especially, our new configuration. The up-close-and-personal, in-your-lap experience of the round will ratchet up and enhance your enjoyment of this superbly crafted, critically acclaimed recent Broadway hit.

After that, we’ll be jettisoning Time of My Life and replacing it with one of my all time favorites, Entertaining Mr. Sloane. This deliciously kinky, delightfully perverse black comedy will shock, intrigue, disturb, and ultimately, entertain. Again, the new configuration will bring this molotov cocktail of a play to incendiary life. Truly exciting stuff!!!

I promise both of these plays, each for very different reasons, will spark lively post-show, car-ride-home confabs.

And it’s been a great season for that so far.

Wouldn’t you agree?


What goes ’round, comes ’round folks!


UpStage / Now thru Feb. 22

In this smart, sexy, acerbic and provocative comedy, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with an renowned literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant instruction, some thrive and others flounder, sex is used as a weapon, hearts are broken, and lives are forever changed.

4000 Miles

DownStage / Feb. 27 thru Mar. 29

After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his 91 year-old grandmother in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these two unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately, connect. A real gem.

Leo’s Ristorante
365 Hope Street, Bristol, RI
(401) 253-9300

Crossroads Restaurant
133 Market Street Warren, RI
(401) 245-9305

Rhode Island State Council on the ArtsFunding provided in part by a grant from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

ArtWork by Matt castigliego & Ken Resseger

2nd Story Theatre  |  28 Market St, Warren, RI 02885  |  Currrent Season  |  401 247 4200

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