Second Stage Theatre Uptown extends its 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of Warrior Class, written by Kenneth Lin and directed by Evan Cabnet through August 18th. Warrior Class is presented at Second Stage Theatre's uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street, for tickets or more information; please visit www.2st.com or call 212-246-4422.
Warrior Class stars Louis Ozawa Changchien (The Bourne Legacy), Katharine Powell (The Farnsworth Invention) and David Rasche (Speed the Plow).
Warrior Class opened on Monday, July 23rd to rave reviews. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times says "Political horse trading is conducted with ruthless intensity and oily smiles in Warrior Class, an absorbing and incisive new drama by Kenneth Lin." Marilyn Stasio from Variety thinks "Warrior Class is not only smart; it's also politically potent material for an election year." Joe Dziemianowicz of The New York Daily News raves "This smart, tight, topical 90-minute tale of political maneuvering assembles an ace cast. When you think all has been said and done, it delivers a final surprise move!"
When Assemblyman Julius Lee makes a bid for Congress, the ghosts of his college days come back to haunt him. Nothing reveals true colors like a sprint to the finish, when friends become enemies and allies can turn on a dime. The Warrior Class is a political battle of race, romance, forgiveness and debt.
Warrior Class features scenic design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and sound design by Jill BC. DuBoff.
Created as a program to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists, the Second Stage Theatre Uptown Series (Christopher Burney, Associate Artistic Director and Curator) seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American Theatre. Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget.
The series has helped launch and advance the careers of several up-and-coming playwrights, including Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO's "Big Love"), Adam Bock (A Small Fire, The Drunken City), and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering).