Second Stage Will Bring Leslye Headland’s CULT OF LOVE To Broadway This Fall


The company of Cult of Love at Berkeley Rep | Photo: Kevin Berne

Kobi Kassal
No items found.
June 25, 2024 10:45 AM

Second Stage Theater has announced their lineup of fall programming including the New York Premiere of Cult of Love on Broadway at the Hayes Theater and Lunar Eclipse at Off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theater. 

Emmy nominee Leslye Headland will make her Broadway debut with her new play Cult of Love, directed by Trip Cullman. 

It’s the holiday season for the Dahl family! The four adult children return to their childhood home with partners in tow. The Dahl traditions include singing carols in harmony at the drop of a hat, but the gathering is anything but harmonious. Old conflicts resurface, new issues battled, and dinner is taking absolutely forever to be served. Will the love the Dahls have for each other be enough to get them through, or will this be their last Christmas together? 

Following a run at Berkeley Rep earlier this year, Cult of Love will begin performances on Wednesday, November 20, before an official opening night on Thursday, December 12. 

Off Broadway this fall, Second Stage will bring us Lunar Eclipse by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Marguiles, and directed by Kate Whoriskey. 

Late on a summer night, in a field on their Kentucky farm, a long-married couple, George (Birney) and Em (Emery), have come to watch a lunar eclipse. As the seven stages of the celestial phenomenon unfold, the two sip bourbon and reflect on land and legacy, and children and dogs.  But as more and more is revealed, they realize they are as much a mystery to each other as the heavens above.  Lunar Eclipse is the funny, moving, universal story of a couple reckoning with the time they’ve spent on earth and the time they have left.

Starring Tony Winner Reed Birney and Lisa Emery, the New York Premiere will being performances on Wednesday, October 9, before an official opening night on Wednesday, October 30. 

Additional casting and creative teams for both productions will be announced at a later date. 

No items found.
Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!