Associate Professor Lynn Nottage's New Play Joins Upcoming Broadway Line-Up

BY Felix van Kann, July 31, 2020

Two-time Pulitzer winner Associate Professor Lynn Nottage’s new and as of yet untitled play will join Second Stage Theater’s Broadway line-up for 2021. The play will be directed by Kate Whoriskey, who already collaborated with Nottage on her Pulitzer-winning work Ruined and Sweat, and is set to premiere in Fall 2021 at Hayes Theater.  


According to Deadline, “The play, as described, is set in a truck stop sandwich shop that offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at reclaiming their lives. Even as the shop’s callous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given purpose and permission to dream by the enigmatic, zen-like chef and his belief in the possibility of the perfect sandwich.” The production is supported by a grant from the Art for Justice Fund, which is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.


Lynn Nottage is a two time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and a screenwriter. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. They include, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Audelco, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), and more. She is an artist-in-residence at the Park Avenue Armory and the co-founder of the production company, Market Road Films. Over the years, she has developed original projects for HBO, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Showtime, and others, and she is writer/producer on the Netflix series She's Gotta Have It, directed by Spike Lee. 


Second Stage Theater produces work entirely by 21st century American playwrights both on and off Broadway. Dedicated to adventurous contemporary plays and musicals, bold new interpretations, and unique theatrical experiences, the work at Second Stage reflects diversity and inclusiveness. Through the discovery of emerging talent and the commissioning of new work, Second Stage nurtures future generations of theater artists. Second Stage welcomes a theatergoing audience of all backgrounds.