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A Second Chance

"As direct and warmly intended as a letter from a friend."

The Washington Post

"Lovably neurotic and deeply complex characters."

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 80 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre
Recent widower, Dan, and divorcee, Jenna, meet mid-life and mid-crisis. They develop an instant rapport while attending a dinner party, but Dan's grief precludes any follow-through. 

After running into each other a month later, Jenna invites Dan out on a "platonic date" where they experience an intense connection. After two months of enjoyable outings, Dan confesses that he feels guilty of betraying his late wife, Susan, and has nothing left to offer Jenna. Their relationship soon turns to romance, but Jenna realizes she may always be forced to compete with the now-idealized Susan. 

Dan proposes to build their dream home, but Jenna knows this will not rid her of her apprehensions about living with his past. But after a cathartic moment with Jenna and a photograph of Susan, Dan pledges to protect Jenna from her fears and urges her to join him in accepting a second chance at life and happiness.


"As direct and warmly intended as a letter from a friend."

 The Washington Post

"The sweet story satisfies our craving for a happy and tidily resolved ending."

"Lovably neurotic and deeply complex characters."



"Elegant ode to late-blooming love."

"Stands out from the pack of romantic comedy and drama with its painstaking attention to detail and cool, contemplative tone."

Premiere Production: A Second Chance premiered at The Public Theater in New York City on March 30, 2014.
  • Casting: 1M, 1F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

  • JENNA - 45-55 years old. Jenna is single, exceptionally warm and vivacious, and she is seeking an ideal relationship after a history of failed ones, including a recent divorce. She manages a research lab at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the hospital, and loves art. (Soprano)
  • DAN - 45-55 years old. Dan is single, relatively reserved and thoughtful, and he has recently become widowed following a 25-year marriage. He is a banker and has a passion for architecture. (High Baritone)