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Days of Rage

 



A world premiere drama set in 1969 that follows the revolutionary planning of three 20-something radicals in upstate New York disrupted by the arrival of two strangers.

From the producers: Against the backdrop of an endless, unwinnable war raging halfway across the world, and a polarizing president recklessly stoking the flames of racist backlash at home – a generation of young people rises up to demand change from a corrupt political establishment. It is October, 1969 and unbeknownst to the rest of the world, three 20-something radicals are busy planning the impending revolution from a quiet college town in Upstate New York. But when two strangers appear, disrupting the group’s delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart. By the Tony Award-winning writer of "Dear Evan Hansen," "Days of Rage" is a timely new play about means and ends, ideals and extremes, and the perils of changing the world.

Author Steven Levenson wrote the book for the musical "Dear Evan Hansen," for which he received the 2017 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. His other works include "The Language of Trees," "Seven Minutes in Heaven," "The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin," and "If I Forget" He was also a writer for the Showtime series "Masters of Sex." He will pen the screenplay for Lin-Manuel Miranda's film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's biographical musical "Tick, Tick... Boom!"

The cast of "Days of Rage" features Tony nominee Mike Faist ("Dear Evan Hansen"), Tavi Gevinson ("This Is Our Youth"), Lauren Patten, J. Alphonse Nicholson and Odessa Young. Trip Cullman ("Lobby Hero") directs.

What's Second Stage? Second Stage is a long-running producing organization with a recently redesigned Off-Broadway theater in the heart of the midtown theater district, and a smaller space (the company's original home) on the Upper West Side. Established as a 'Second Stage' for shows that didn't find an audience the first time around, the company now combines revivals with new work, and several of its shows have recently made the jump to larger houses across the street. The fare is sometimes a bit racy, but often very approachable...call it quirkiness with an edge. More here.

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