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Eric Bogosian’s groundbreaking and bitterly funny play _subUrbia _examines a day in the life of seven rootless young Americans who gather in the parking lot of a Pakistani family’s convenience store.  It’s an all-night whirlwind of drinking, sex and violence and a clear-eyed, tragic look at nine young American lives.  The play, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1994, will be updated for this production.

_subUrbia _will feature Diksha Basu, Jessica Capshaw, Kieran Culkin, Michael Esper, Halley Feiffer, Kelli Garner, Daniel Eric Gold, Manu Narayan, Peter Scanavino.

_subUrbia _will have scenic design by Richard Hoover; costume design by Mimi O’Donnell; lighting design by David Weiner; and sound design by Rob Kaplowitz.

The Company

Playwright Eric Bogosian has written the plays Talk Radio; Humpty Dumpty; Drinking in America; Funhouse; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Griller; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead; and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee¸ among others.  His plays have earned him three Obie Awards and a Drama Desk Award.  He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Berlin Film Festival’s “Golden Bear” award (Germany’s equivalent to the Oscar), and was a Pulitzer finalist for Talk Radio.  He adapted his plays subUrbia and Talk Radio for the screen (also starring in the latter) and has written the novels Mall and Wasted Beauty, both published by Simon & Schuster.

OBIE Award-winner Jo Bonney returns to Second Stage Theatre where she staged the critically acclaimed productions of A Soldier’s Play and Living Out.  Her other directing credits include The Seven at New York Theatre Workshop; Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig; Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July (Signature Theatre); Jose Rivera’s Adoration of the Old Woman (La Jolla Playhouse) and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (The Public Theater); Eric Bogosian’s Humpty Dumpty; Funhouse; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead; and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee; and Danny Hoch’s Some People and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop, among many others. 

Diksha Basu was born and raised in New Delhi. She is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where she majored in French and Economics. Diksha made her NYC stage debut last year under the direction of Geeta Citygirl and recently played the lead in Harvest at La Mama E.T.C. under the direction of Benjamin Mosse.

Jessica Capshaw appeared in Neil Labute’s Fat Pig, directed by Jo Bonney, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. TV work includes the Emmy-nominated mini-series “Into the West.”  She played Jame Singer for two seasons of David E. Kelly’s “The Practice” and will be a series regular on the upcoming “Thick and Thin” (produced by Lorne Michaels).  Jessica also recently completed several episodes of “The L Word.”  Film credits include The Groomsmen, directed by Ed Burns, Valentine, and the Miramax film A View from the Top. 

Kieran Culkin appeared off-Broadway last season opposite Anna Paquin in After Ashley (Vineyard Theatre) and in the West End opposite Colin Hanks in This is Our Youth.  He has appeared in the films Igby Goes Down, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The Cider House Rules, Music of the Heart, Father of the Bride, The Mighty, and She’s All That. 

Michael Esper’s New York theatre credits include Manic Flight Reaction at Playwrights Horizons, As You Like It at the NY Shakespeare Festival, Big Bill at Lincoln Center, Gone Missing with The Civilians at the Zipper, The Hospital Plays with the HB Playwrights Foundation, and Moon Bath Girl at the EST Marathon.  He recently completed work on the feature films Bittersweet Place, directed by Alexandra Brodsky, and Loggerheads, directed by Tim Kirkman. 

Halley Feiffer makes her off-Broadway debut with this production.  New York Theater: Urgent Fury (Cherry Lane Theater), Feiffer’s People (Backhouse Productions).  Regional: The Vineyard Playhouse, The Schoolhouse Theater, The Powerhouse Theater through NY Stage & Film.  Television and Film: “Law & Order”, You Can Count on Me, The Squid and the Whale and the upcoming films Stephanie Daley and Untitled Noah Baumbach Project.  Halley’s work as a playwright has been produced at the Cherry Lane Theater (Young Playwrights’ Festival XXII) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  She will graduate this spring from Wesleyan University.

Kelli Garner was last seen Off-Broadway in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Century Center. Film credits include Dreamland with Justin Long and Agnes Bruckner; Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator; Larry Clark’s Bully; Love, Liza with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Bates; and Thumbsucker.

Daniel Eric Gold has appeared off-Broadway in The Paris Letter (Roundabout Theatre Company, dir. Doug Hughes), Small Tragedy (Playwrights Horizons, dir. Mark Wing-Davey – OBIE award, Lortel nomination), Cagelove (Rattlestick Theatre, dir. Adam Rapp), This Thing of Darkness (Atlantic Theater Company, dir. Craig Lucas), Beautiful Thing (Cherry Lane Theatre, dir. Gary Griffin).  Regional credits include The Singing Forest (World Premiere) and Loot (both at Intiman Theatre), Dealer’s Choice (Victory Gardens Theater), Indiscretions (Organic Theater), Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre).  Upcoming film: Spinning Into Butter with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Manu Narayan appeared on Broadway in Bombay Dreams (Drama League recognition).  Off-Broadway credits include Getting Home (Second Stage Theatre Uptown), Fucking A (NYSF, World Premiere), Sidd (Dodger Stages), The Unknown (NYMF 2005), Bintou (The Play Company), and Josephine’s Song (York Theater).  Regional work includes The People Next Door (Yale Rep, American Premiere), Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Indian Ink (The Wilma Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare and Co), A Winter’s Tale (Missouri Rep), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare and Co).  TV and film: “Law and Order: SVU,” “The Sopranos,” “As the World Turns,” Quarterlife Crisis. 

Peter Scanavino recently appeared on Broadway in Shining City (dir. Robert Falls).  Off-Broadway credits include The Moonlight Room (Beckett Theater, dir. Jeff Cohen), Double Sophia and Urgent Fury (both at the Cherry Lane Alt. Space) as well as several off-off Broadway shows including the New York Fringe Festival.  Regional Theater: The McCarter Theater, The Fairfield Theater Company.  Film: Under Surveillance.  TV: “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law and Order: Trial by Jury,” “Third Watch,” “Johnny Zero,” “Guiding Light” and “The Bedford Diaries.” 

About the Ticket Supplier: Second Stage Theatre

Director Carole Rothman and actress Robyn Goodman founded Second Stage Theatre in 1979 to give ‘second stagings’ to contemporary American plays that originally failed to find an audience due to scheduling problems, inappropriate venues or limited performance runs. Since then, Second Stage has evolved from a small theatre into an Off-Broadway institution dedicated to developing plays, artists and audiences.

Second Stage Theatre gives new life to contemporary American plays through ‘second stagings;’ provides emerging authors with their Off-Broadway debuts; and produces world premieres by America’s most respected playwrights. Through both the production of new plays and long-term residencies that focus on artistic process rather than product, artists find a supportive environment in which to try new roles, production designs and writing techniques. Audiences are an essential factor in program development at Second Stage Theatre, which is nationally known for its dedication to building future audiences by educating teens about the art of contemporary theatre and encouraging their participation in the cultural life of New York City.

For nearly three decades, Second Stage Theatre productions have launched the successful careers of numerous directors, actors, playwrights and artists, many of whom regularly return to work at Second Stage. The company’s mission also has expanded to the commissioning of a body of multigenerational plays; the creation of a training base for young directors and a home base for mid-career directors; and the development of educational projects that are integrated with the ongoing artistic work at the theatre.