The Second Tosca

by Tom Rowan

This is the story of Lisa Duvall, a rising young operatic soprano who is understudying the great role of Tosca in Puccini’s opera of that name. Set backstage at Opera California, the play provides a rare and fascinating view into the hothouse world of opera. A controlling conductor-fiancé, a legendary diva, a starstruck young composer, a sarcastic gay brother, and a singing ghost are just some of the colorful characters who add to the chaos of Lisa’s life, as she struggles to come to grips with the daunting role and hopefully earn her first contract at the Met.  

  • Cast Size: 4M 4W
  • Running Time: 120+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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“Backstage at the opera, it turns out, it not so far removed from backstage Broadway. People the green room with a handful of likeable, interesting characters, intertwine their tales and mix with humor, and you get The Second Tosca, a warmly entertaining and very funny comedy by Tom Rowan.”  

Steven Suskin, Variety

“Magnificent! Not to be missed.”  

David Marlowe, Out Front Colorado

About the Playwright

Tom Rowan is a playwright, author, and director. His produced plays include Kiss and Cry (GLAAD Media Award Nomination), The Second Tosca (45th Street Theatre in NYC; Arvada Center in Colorado), Faye Drummond (productions in San Antonio, Texas, and Long Island City), and The Blue Djinn(Best Short Play in the Fresh Fruit Festival, 2014). Most recently, his David’s Play was seen at the Chain Theatre as part of the 2019 NY Fringe Festival; a monologue from that play isincluded in the book Best Men’s Monologues, 2021 Edition, published by Smith & Kraus. His plays Festivities and The Patterns of Love have recently been seen in online Zoom readings. Tom has held commissions from The Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Maryland Opera Studio, where his libretto for the opera The Young King (composed by Martin Hennessy) was heard in concert in 2017. Tom’s many directing credits include ALittle Night MusicA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Denver Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Director), Landscape of the Body (Westword Award for Best Director), Master Class, and the fortieth anniversary New York production of A Chorus Line(Queens Kudos Awards for Best Director and Best Production of a Musical, 2016). He is the author of the books A Chorus Line FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Broadway’s Singular Sensation, and Rent FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Broadway’s Blaze of Glory, both published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. More info is available on his website at


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