Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

Off-Broadway News   Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows
Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.

• Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage I
• First Preview: September 19, 2017
• Opening: October 24, 2017
• Playwright: John Patrick Shanley
• Director: John Patrick Shanley
• Cast: Jason Alexander, Pico Alexander, Sherie Rene Scott, and Mary Testa.

In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti. Intending to settle her latest husband’s affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry’s impossible Croatian mother, a dash of current politics and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.

• Second Stage Theatre/Tony Kiser Theater
• First Preview: September 26, 2017
• Opening: October 19, 2018
• Playwright: Harvey Fierstein
• Directed by Moisés Kaufman
• Cast: Jack DiFalco, Ward Horton, Roxanna Hope Radja, Michael Rosen, Mercedes Ruehl, and Michael Urie

It’s 1979 in New York City and Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose and family. He’s fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won’t stop until he achieves the life he desires. Now, Arnold is back…and he’s here to sing you a torch song.

• The Public Theater/Shiva Theater
• First Preview: October 3, 2017
• Opening: October 24, 2017
• Playwright: Luis Alfaro
• Directed by Chay Yew
• Cast: Juan Castano, Sandra Delgado, Julio Monge, Joel Perez, Brian Quijada, Reza Salazar, and Juan Francisco Villa

Set in South Central LA, Oedipus El Rey is an electrifying new take on the Greek tragedy, written by acclaimed playwright Luis Alfaro (Electricidad, Straight as a Line). Oedipus is reimagined as a troubled Latino whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar above the barbed wire of the prison where he’s spent his life. But in a place where everyone is trapped—by desperation or fate, history or violence—no one man can change his story alone. Love, family and belief collide in this chilling, incredibly powerful new play that asks: what’s fate, and what’s just the system?

• The Public Theater/Martinson Theater
• First Preview: October 17, 2017
• Opening: November 8, 2017
• Playwright: Julia Cho
• Directed by Neel Keller
• Cast: TBD

Gina was warned that one of her students would be a problem. Eighteen years old and strikingly odd, Dennis writes violently obscene work clearly intended to unsettle those around him. Determined to know whether he’s a real threat, Gina compels Dennis to attend her office hours. But as the clock ticks down, Gina realizes that “good” versus “bad” is nothing more than a convenient illusion, and that the isolated young student in her office has learned one thing above all else: that for the powerless, the ability to terrify others is powerful indeed.

• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: October 22, 2017
• Opening: October 30, 2017
• Playwright: Richard Nelson
• Directed by Richard Nelson
• Cast: Will Brill, Kristen Connolly, Blake DeLong, Emma Duncan, Naian González Norvind, Fran Kranz, John Magaro, John Sanders, and Max Woertendyke

It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new ‘palace of art’. And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds and anger from the city’s powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park.

• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: October 27, 2017
• Opening: TBD
• Created by and Featuring Jos Houben and Marcello Magni

From Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord comes a pair of comic one-acts. In Marcel, an aging physical comedian meets an inscrutable, clipboard-wielding nemesis mysteriously enjoined to test him with a battery of absurd tasks. In The Art of Laughter, everyday life – a baby’s first steps, a man falling in a restaurant, the essence of various cheeses – is dissected to reveal why laughter is at the core of our humanity.

• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: November 1, 2017
• Opening: November 20, 2017
• Playwright: Sarah DeLappe
• Directed by Lila Neugebauer
• Cast: Paola Sanchez Abreu, Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, Sarah Mezzanotte, Tedra Millan, Susannah Perkins

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

• Primary Stages/Cherry Lane Theatre
• First Preview: November 7, 2017
• Opening: Noveber 19, 2017
• Playwright: Kate Hamill
• Directed by Amanda Dehnert
• Cast: Mark Bedard, Kimberly Chatterjee, Kate Hamill, Jason O'Connell, Amelia Pedlow, Chris Thorn, John Tufts, and Nance Williamson

The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved… tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! What? Why are you looking at us like that? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation.

• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: November 10, 2017
• Opening: December 5, 2017
• Playwright: Rajiv Joseph
• Director: Giovanna Sardelli
• Cast: Tina Benko, Nadia Bowers, Danny Burstein, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Max Gordon Moore and Stephen Stocking

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Rajiv Joseph's epic new play traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.

• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: November 15, 2017
• Opening: TBA
• Book: The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher
• Music and Lyrics: The Bengsons
• Director: Anne Kauffman
• Movement Direction: Sonya Tayeh
• Cast: TBA

Shaun and Abigail Bengson's HUNDRED DAYS unleashes an exhilarating and raw story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had a hundred days to live.

• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: December 15, 2017
• Opening: January 8, 2018
• Playwright: Robert O'Hara
• Director: Robert O'Hara
• Cast: TBA

Mark and Jason were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O’Hara’s audacious, hilarious allegory envisions an uncannily familiar future – one long after women have gone extinct from centuries of mistreatment – where man’s capacity to f**k everything up soars to new heights.

• Atlantic Theatre Company/Stage 2
• First Preview: January 10, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Ngozi Anyanwu
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she’s long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.

• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: January 17, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Martin McDonaugh
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: TBA

In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.

• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: January 18, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Adrienne Kennedy
• Director: Evan Yionoulis
• Cast: TBA

Set in Montezuma, Georgia, and New York City in 1941, this new work by one of America’s greatest living dramatists is a heartbreaking and nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love. The action, driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime.

• Women’s Project Theatre/McGinn Cazale Theatre
• First Preview: January 29, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Kate Benson
• Director: Lee Sunday Evans
• Cast: TBA

[Porto] is a play set in a bar in a major American city in the now of the early 21st century. Porto, a lady-about-town, is a regular at the bar; she is a real foodie with a vivid imagination and some healthy skepticism about the intersection of feminism and romance. Her neighborhood bar has much to teach her: we all want love, sex, and really good food—but is it possible to enjoy the sausage when we know how it’s made?

• The Public Theater
• First Preview: January 30, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Sarah Burgess
• Directed by Thomas Kail
• Cast: TBD

Kate is a whip-smart lobbyist who doesn’t waste her time on anyone who can’t get elected, stay elected and help her clients get what they want. Kate thinks Representative Sydney Millsap is a political neophyte whose staunch ideals are going to cost her a burgeoning political career. But Representative Millsap and her high-minded principles turn out to be more resilient than Washington was expecting, and for the first time Kate is faced with a choice that might change everything for her: back the system, or back what she believes in?

• Soho Rep
• First Preview: February 6, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Aleshea Harris
• Directed by Taibi Magar
• Cast: TBD

Is God Is is a modern myth about twin sisters who sojourn from the Dirty South to the California desert to exact righteous revenge. Winner of the 2016 Relentless Award, Aleshea Harris collides the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the Spaghetti Western, and Afropunk in this darkly funny and unapologetic world premiere.

• Lincoln Center Theater/Claire Tow Theater
• First Preview: February 10, 2018
• Opening: February 26, 2018
• Playwright: Martyna Majok
• Directed by Danya Taymor
• Cast: TBD

The lives of two generations of immigrant women collide in a basement apartment. When the choices they've made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to haunt them, they must ask: what cannot - and should not - be left behind?

• The Public Theater
• First Preview: February 13, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Bruce Norris
• Directed by Michael Greif
• Cast: TBD

Set in the 18th century, this wild new work imagines America’s first laissez-faire capitalist, a young man inspired by a chance encounter with Adam Smith to put his faith in the free market. But his path to riches becomes inextricably entangled with that of an educated slave, a man who knows from experience that one person's profit is another’s loss, in this parable about the true cost of inequality.

• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: February 15, 2018
• Opening: March 12, 2018
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Directed by Daniel Aukin
• Cast: TBD

Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at The Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband, the school's Headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values, with convulsive results.

• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: March 11, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Arin Arbus
• Cast: TBA

A tyrant’s accusations of infidelity, a shattered family and marriage, miraculous rescue of children, a thief so clever we take his side, Time personified, a statue magically sprung to life, and, not to forget, a ferocious bear: only Shakespeare could make a story as fantastically eventful and improbable into cohesive, soul-stirring drama.

• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: March 16, 2018
• Opening: April 9, 2018
• Playwright: Lindsay Ferrentino
• Director: Rebecca Taichman
• Cast: TBA

At a middle school in this seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. Stuck at home in a state of shocked limbo, Julie and Zander, two thirteen-year-olds, try to make sense of the chaos they witnessed, their awkward crushes, and an infinitely more complicated future — but the grown-ups are no help at all. An urgent response to our times, This Flat Earth is a startling and deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.

• The Public Theater
• First Preview: March 27, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Lynn Nottage
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

Taking us on a journey from the heart of Africa and around the world, MLIMA'S TALE is the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Following a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself, Mlima leads us through memory and fear, history and tradition, want and need, and reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.

• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: April 13, 2018
• Opening: May 7, 2018
• Playwright: Clare Barron
• Director: Lee Sunday Evans
• Cast: TBA

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: May 10, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Maria Aitken
• Cast: TBA

This beloved comedy is an engaging mixture of mischief, unrequited love and gender confusion—all interwoven with music and some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language. Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery.

• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: May 11, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz
• Book: Rick Elice
• Director: Trip Cullman
• Cast: TBA

Set against the grit, the garbage strikes, the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag.

• Atlantic Theatre Company/Stage 2
• First Preview: May 23, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Lauren Yee
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from Yee’s father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career.

• Soho Rep
• First Preview: May 29, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Jackie Sibblies Drury
• Directed by Sarah Benson
• Cast: TBD

The Frasier family hasn’t been the same since Braden died, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. But the silverware’s wrong, the radio’s on the fritz, Keisha is late, Jasmine is drinking, Dayton isn’t helping, and Mama won’t come downstairs.

• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: June 1, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Playwright: Jordan Harrison
• Director: Pam McKinnon
• Cast: TBA

It’s a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it’s 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – see themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it’s clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Jordan Harrison’s pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you’d least expect.

• The Public Theater
• First Preview: July 17, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Rinne Groff
• Director: Marissa Wolf
• Cast: TBD

On Coney Island, in the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, a disillusioned do-gooder named Kate meets Jaap Hooft, a charismatic European film-maker who sees in the devastation wrought by the storm an opportunity to make a work of art about another disaster that struck Coney Island some hundred years before: the 1911 fire that started in the amusement park known as Dreamland, burning it to ashes from which it never arose. As Kate throws herself into the vortex of Jaap’s visionary schemes, she finds beauty, pain and betrayal, and eventually herself.