Meredith Hagedorn, Founder and Executive Artistic director has this to say about 2nd Stages:
“I founded Dragon Productions as an actress wanting to create more theatre opportunities. I had performed on many stages across the country, but I didn’t know the first thing about producing theatre when I began. I did, however, know my passion projects, and I was determined to make my dreams come true. This series is for those artists, who, like me, want to see their passion theatre project come to life, but who might not have the opportunity, the money, or the know-how to make it happen. If we can give others the same opportunities then I’ll feel as if all our hard work has really been worthwhile. What good is a dream if you can’t share it with others? That is all I want to do with Dragon’s 2nd Stages program.”
For me, though, 2nd Stages is an opportunity to tell a different set of stories. Stories that, for whatever reason, aren't a good fit with Dragon's Main Season. Stories that might be a little more controversial, a little more difficult to watch, or new works that are still growing. Stories that some local artist feels incredibly strongly about and hasn't been able to produce it elsewhere.
produced and directed by Jeffrey Lo
March 7 - March 16, 2014
Kim says: This show excites me because LaBute is a challenging, nasty man. The show is incredibly funny in a "I can't believe s/he just SAID that" kind of way. It's also an excellent showcase for some very talented actors, with meaty parts for a group of women.
produced and directed by Jenny Hollingworth
Kim says: The Birthday Party is one of those plays I was familiar with but had never read. I've never been a huge Pinter fan (sorry Pinterites), butI tore through the script in one sitting because it was such a compelling read. I can't wait to see this story play out on stage.
produced by Dale Albright
an original new work produced by Lessa Bouchard
September 19 - September 28, 2014