Second Stage Theater: Theater for Everyone

Second Stage Theater: Theater for Everyone

“The performing arts should always be accessible and inclusive.”

Each month we highlight a community program that aligns with the values of SoulVision Magazine. We believe engaging with one’s community is critical to fostering positive change in the world.

For our June issue, we highlight Second Stage Theater, a theater company based in New York City. Second Stage Theater was created in 1979 “to produce ‘second stagings’ of contemporary American plays.” Second Stage then expanded to producing new plays from their own collective of playwrights. Through the years, Second Stage Theater has produced “genre-bending” solo performances, cutting-edge theatrical events, explosive new musicals, and world and New York premieres by America’s most distinguished playwrights. Second Stage Theater stands out from other theater companies by producing new American plays by living American playwrights. They are committed to supporting both “emerging and established” artists. With an emphasis on diversity and inclusiveness, Second Stage appeals to audiences of all backgrounds.

Second Stage Theater has successfully launched the careers of many directors, actors, playwrights, and artists. Their diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of American contemporary theater includes a 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner, Between Riverside and Crazy; and a 2012 Pulitzer winner, Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Their production of Dear Evan Hansen was nominated nine times at the 71st Tony Awards, winning six which included the Tony for Best Musical. The theater has over 130 citations and awards.

Their upcoming season features world premiere plays by Bess Wohl and Will Eno and a New York premiere by Pulitzer and Tony Winner, Tracy Letts. They will also put on a new production of Take Me Out, a modern classic by Richard Greenberg. You can find their productions at the two theaters they call home—the Hayes Theater on Broadway and the Tony Kiser Theater on West 43rd Street. Second Stage Theater continues to forge a new and exciting path for theater.

Second Stage Theater offers $30 tickets to anyone 30 or under for all of their productions. To find out how you can give your support to Second Stage Theater, visit their website at