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Second Stage Theatre Presents Stephen Adly Guirgis’ BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Starring Stephen McKinley Henderson, Victor Almanzar, Elizabeth Canavan, Rosal Colón, Liza Colón-Zayas, Michael Rispoli and Ron Cephas Jones; Opens February 11

Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director, Casey Reitz Executive Director) is presenting the Atlantic Theater Company’s (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) sold out production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ acclaimed play, Between Riverside and Crazy, for a limited engagement this winter. Between Riverside and Crazy began previews on Friday, January 16, 2015, at Second Stage Theatre’s Tony Kiser Theatre (305 West 43rd Street), and will continue through March 8, 2015. The opening night performance is on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Ron Cephas Jones, Liza Colón-Zayas, Elizabeth Canavan, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Rosal Colón,  Michael Rispoli and Victor Almanzar in the Second Stage Theatre green room on January 21, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Ron Cephas Jones, Liza Colón-Zayas, Elizabeth Canavan, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Rosal Colón, Michael Rispoli and Victor Almanzar in the Second Stage Theatre green room on January 21, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Stephen McKinley Henderson, who received rave reviews for his lead performance as Walter “Pops” Washington, reprises his role for the production. He was previously seen at Second Stage in August Wilson’s Jitney. Ron Cephas Jones joins other original cast members returning with the production include Victor Almanzar (Repertorio Espanol, LAByrinth Theater), Elizabeth Canavan (The Little Flower of East Orange), Rosal Colón (The Motherf*cker with the Hat) and Liza Colón-Zayas (Second Stage Theatre’s Water by the Spoonful and Living Out) and Michael Rispoli.

Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops, Elizabeth Canavan as Detective Audrey O’Connor & Michael Rispoli as Lieutenant Caro in Between Riverside and Crazy. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops, Elizabeth Canavan as Detective Audrey O’Connor & Michael Rispoli as Lieutenant Caro in Between Riverside and Crazy. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed – and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum in this dark comedy. For Pops and Junior, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone – after a lifetime living Between Riverside and Crazy.

Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops, Rosal Colon as Lulu & Victor Almanzar as Oswaldo in Between Riverside and Crazy. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops, Rosal Colon as Lulu & Victor Almanzar as Oswaldo in Between Riverside and Crazy. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Between Riverside and Crazy features scenic design by Walt Spangler; costume design byAlexis Forte; lighting design by Keith Parham; and sound design and original music by Ryan Rumery.
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Tickets are $75 (orchestra), $60 (Balcony), $67.50 (Senior), $125 premium*, $55 (subscription). Save 35% on $75 tickets with code BRACMP on performances, January 16- February 10, 2015. Rush tickets are available one hour prior to curtain to full time high school or college students. $30 Under 30 tickets available in advance for patrons ages 30 and under. One valid ID required for each ticket purchased, based on availability.  For tickets: call the box office at 212-246-4422 or 2ST.com. *A limited number of Premium Seats are available. Please call the box office at 212-246-4422 to reserve.

Recently featured on New York Times Theater Critic Ben Brantley’s Best Theater of 2014 List:

Between Riverside and Crazy: The triumphant return of Stephen Adly Guirgis, who startled Broadway in 2011 by snatching a Tony nomination for best play for a work with an unprintable title. This gleefully agnostic account of the things we do for real estate (at least when you’re poor and in unlikely possession of prime Manhattan property) blithely crossed the lines between good and bad, comedy and tragedy, faith and skepticism without missing a step. Austin Pendleton directed a wonderful cast led by Stephen McKinley Henderson.”

Click here to see the complete list.

2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright recipient Stephen Adly Guirgis at the 2014 Steinberg Playwright Awards hosted by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust on November 17, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright recipient Stephen Adly Guirgis at the 2014 Steinberg Playwright Awards hosted by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust on November 17, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS (Playwright) is a member and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. They include Our Lady of 121st Street (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle Best Play Nominations), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award, Barrymore Award, Olivier Nomination for London’s Best New Play), In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings (2007 LA Drama Critics Best Play, Best Writing Award), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (10 best Time Magazine & Entertainment Weekly), and The Little Flower of East Orange (with Ellen Burstyn & Michael Shannon). All five plays were directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and were originally produced by LAByrinth. His most recent play, The Motherf***er with the Hat (6 Tony nominations, including Best Play), was directed by Anna D. Shapiro and marked his third consecutive world premiere co-production with The Public Theater and LAByrinth. In London, his plays have premiered at The Donmar Warehouse, The Almeida (dir: Rupert Goold), The Hampstead (Robert Delamere), and at The Arts Theater in the West End. Other plays include Den of Thieves (Labyrinth, HERE, HAI, Black Dahlia) and Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho (dir: Adam Rapp) for the 2006 E.S.T. Marathon. He has received the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Whiting Award,  a TCG fellowship and the prestigious 2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is also a New Dramatists Alumnae and a member of MCC’s Playwright’s Coalition, The Ojai Playwrights Festival, New River Dramatists, and Labyrinth Theater Company. As an actor, he has appeared in theater, film and television, including roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s film Margaret, Todd Solondz’s Palindromes, and Brett C Leonard’s Jailbait opposite Michael Pitt. A former violence prevention specialist and H.I.V. educator, he lives in New York City.

Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton

AUSTIN PENDLETON (Director) returns to Second Stage Theatre where he staged the critically acclaimed production of Spoils of War.  He has been most recently represented as a director by his productions in New York, of Gidion’s Knot (by Johnna Adams) at 59E59; Seagull69 (adapted from The Sea Gull) at Mississippi Mud; IvanovThree Sisters, and Uncle Vanya (all at CSC); and Look Homeward, Angel for Mother of Invention, among many other productions.  Other credits include: in Chicago, works at Steppenwolf (where he is a member of the Ensemble) most recently by Tribes; in London at the National Theatre by Detroit by Lisa D’Amour; and in Little Rock by A Loss of Roses by William Inge, at Arkansas Rep. He is also an actor (Broadway, off- and off-off-Broadway, regional theatre, and many movies and TV appearances), playwright (his plays include Orson’s ShadowUncle Bob, and Booth), and (at HB Studio in New York) teacher of acting.

Victor Almanzar

Victor Almanzar

VICTOR ALMANZAR is a native of the Dominican Republic, and longtime resident of Queens, New York. He has performed in productions throughout New York City, at venues including Center Stage New York, Repertorio Espanol, Aaron Davis Hall, and as part of LAByrinth Theater Company’s NYNY Festival. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. He can be seen in the feature film 11:55 Holyoke.

Elizabeth Canavan

Elizabeth Canavan

ELIZABETH CANAVAN has appeared in The Little Flower of East Orange (with Ellen Burstyn and Michael Shannon) at the Public Theater, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (with Eric Bogosian and Sam Rockwell) at the Public Theater, Our Lady of 121st Street at the Union Square Theatre, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (NY and London), all by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman; Black Lace by John Patrick Shanley at the New Ohio Theater, Love Sick by Kristina Poe, Thinner Than Water by Melissa Ross, Philip Roth in Khartoum by David Bar Katz, Penalties and Interest by Rebecca Cohen, Seven at USC Visions and Voices, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, The 52nd Street Project, Summer Play Festival. TV: “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Sex and the City.” She has appeared in many independent films and has had two short films produced. Liz is a proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company and The Actors Studio.

Rosal Colón

Rosal Colón

ROSAL COLÓN has appeared on Broadway in A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center) directed by George C. Wolfe, and The Motherf***er with the Hat directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Off-Broadway: Much Ado about Nothing (The Public) directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Basilica (Rattlestick at the Cherry Lane) directed by Jerry Ruiz, Ninth and Joanie (LAByrinth Theater Company) directed by Mark Wing-Davey, Dancing in My Cockroach Killers (Pregones/PRTT) directed by Rosalba Rolón. Feature film: The House That Jack Built. TV: “Law and Order: SVU.” She is a proud member of The LAByrinth Theater Company and Pregones Theater. Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. and SUNY Purchase College.

Liza Colón-Zayas

Liza Colón-Zayas

LIZA COLÓN-ZAYAS returns to Second Stage Theatre where she appeared in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful (HOLA award for Best Featured Actress) and Living Out (Lucille Lortel Award nomination). She has been a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City since 1992 and the Sundance Theater Ensemble 2012. She appeared in Stephen Adly Guirgis plays including In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings; Our Lady of 121st Street; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; and The Little Flower of East Orange, all directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Liza toured Europe with director Peter Sellars in Story of a Soldier and later in Othello as Emilia, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman. She starred in Athol Fugard’s latest play Have You Seen Us? opposite Sam Waterston and received a Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination. Her solo show, Sistah Supreme, had a summerlong run at the First Hip-Hop Theater Festival, produced by world renowned performance artist Danny Hoch and directed/developed by playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Some screen credits include “Louie” (FX), “Hung” (HBO), “Dexter” (Showtime), “How to Make It in America” (HBO), “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime), “Taking Chance” (HBO), “House” (FOX), “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC).

Stephen McKinley Henderson

Stephen McKinley Henderson

STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON (Pops) returns to Second Stage Theatre where he was a member of August Wilson’s celebrated Obie Award-winning Jitney ensemble (2002 Olivier Award for Outstanding Drama). He was in the Tony-nominated revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In 2012, he received a Tony Nomination and the Richard Seff Award for his performance as Bono in August Wilson’s Fences. Last year he was Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Associate Artistic Director for WNYC’s audio recordings of Mr. Wilson’s entire Century Cycle. Other theatre credits include Between Riverside and Crazy (Atlantic), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Public Theater) and Death of a Salesman (Yale Rep). Film and TV credits include Lincoln, Tower Heist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Red Hook Summer and HBO’s “The Newsroom.” He is a professor for the Department of Theater and Dance, SUNY Buffalo, as well as a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, the Actor’s Center and a Fox Foundation Fellow.

Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones

RON CEPHAS JONES (Junior) Of Mice and Men (Longacre), Prometheus Bound (Getty Villa), Head of Passes (Steppenwolfe), Hurt Village, Two Trains Running (Signature); Titus Andronicus, Satellites (NYSF); Ajax (ART); As You Like It, The Tempest (BAM/Old Vic London); Wildflower (2nd Stage); The Overwhelming (Roundabout); The Wooden Breeks (MCC); The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Alliance); Richard III (Public Theater, NY); The Exonerated; Othello (Royal Theatre, London); Our Lady of 121st Street; Jesus Hopped the A Train (LABryinth); Storefront Church (Atlantic Theatre). Television: “The Blacklist”, “Low Winter Sun”, “Raisin in the Sun”, “NYPD Blue”, “Law & Order”.

Michael Rispoli

Michael Rispoli

MICHAEL RISPOLI (Lieutenant Carlo). Selected film: Rob the Mob opposite Andy Garcia, Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, The Rum Diary with Johnny Depp, The Taking of Pelham 123 directed by Tony Scott and Kick-Ass produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B. He received a Best Actor Award at the Verona Film Festival for his work in Raymond DeFellitta’s film Two Family House. Upcoming: Friends and Romans with Annabella Sciorra, (also co-writer and executive producer). Selected TV: Jackie Aprile in “The Sopranos,” “Those Who Kill” (A&E), “Magic City” (STARZ), Jimmy Breslin in “The Bronx is Burning,” “Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order: SVU.” Theatre: Between Riverside and Crazy, Circle Rep/ Steppenwolf revival of Balm in Gilead directed by John Malkovich, Magic Hands Freddy, Macbeth, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and O’Neill’s The Sea Plays. Co-founder of the Willow Cabin Theatre Company, which staged a production of Wilder, Wilder, Wilder that moved to Off- Broadway and then to Broadway, earning a Tony nomination.

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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