Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

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Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.
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TWELFTH NIGHT
• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: November 29, 2017
• Opening: December 14, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Noah Broady and Ben Steinfeld
• Cast: Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Tina Chilip, Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Javier Ignacio, David Samuel, Ben Steinfeld, Paco Tolson and Emily Young

Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated, each fearing the other lost to the sea. Viola disguises herself as a boy and wades into a complex romantic triangle with Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia. New York’s innovative Fiasco Theater brings their hallmark style and expansive imagination to one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

MANKIND
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: December 15, 2017
• Opening: January 8, 2018
• Playwright: Robert O'Hara
• Director: Robert O'Hara
• Cast: André De Shields, Bobby Moreno, Anson Mount, Stephen Schnetzer, Ariel Shafir and David Ryan Smith

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.

CARDINAL
• Second Stage Theatre/Tony Kiser Theater
• First Preview: January 9, 2018
• Opening: January 30, 2018
• Playwright: Greg Pierce
• Director: Kate Whorisky
• Cast: Becky Ann Baker, Anna Chlumsky, Alex Hurt, Adam Pally, Stephen Park and Eugene Young

Paint it red. So begins Lydia’s wild idea to invigorate her Rust Belt town. But when a whip-smart entrepreneur co-opts her scheme, a precarious rivalry is born. A battle for the town’s soul ensues, causing its obsessive mayor, its defiant matriarch, and the rest of its residents to question who they are and where they're headed.

THE HOMECOMING QUEEN
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Stage 2
• First Preview: January 10, 2018
• Opening: January 22, 2018
• Playwright: Ngozi Anyanwu
• Director: Awoye Timpo
• 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.

MILES FOR MARY
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: January 11, 2018
• Opening: January 22, 2018
• Created by The Mad Ones
• Director: Lila Neugebauer
• Cast: Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, Amy Staats, Stephanie Wright Thompson, Stacey Yen

It’s 1988 and the planning committee for Garrison High School’s ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the Phys Ed teachers’ lounge, The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, Girls Track and Field, and the consecrated American High School.

PARTY FACE
• New York City Center/Stage II
• First Preview: January 11, 2018
• Opening: January 22, 2018
• Playwright: Isobel Mahon
• Director: Amanda Bearse
• Cast: Hayley Mills

You're invited to a party that’s full of surprises. Watch as careful plans are upended when a young woman's mother brings her own food to her daughter's party—and also the “right” person to be her daughter's new best friend. They put on their "party faces" and hope for the best, but when facades crack, secrets spill. Tears sprinkle and laughter roars as their revelry leads to revelations.

IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD
• Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage I
• First Preview: January 16, 2018
• Opening: February 6, 2018
• Playwright: Eve Ensler
• Director: Diane Paulus
• Cast: Eve Ensler

The Tony Award-winning author, performer and activist Eve Ensler comes to MTC with a powerful new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler’s personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent.

FIRE AND AIR
• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: January 17, 2018
• Opening: February 1, 2018
• Playwright: Terrence McNally
• Director: John Doyle
• Cast: Douglas Hodge, James Cusati-Moyer, Jay Armstrong Johnson, John Glover, Marin Mazzie, Marsha Mason

This world premiere by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally explores the rich history of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev’s itinerant Russian ballet company. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever.

HANGMEN
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: January 17, 2018
• Opening: February 5, 2018
• Playwright: Martin McDonaugh
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Mark Addy, Owen Campbell, Billy Carter, Maxwell Caulfield, Johnny Flynn, Gaby French, Gilles Geary, Richard Hollis, John Horton, David Lansbury, Sally Rogers, Reece Shearsmith

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.

HE BOUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX
• 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.

JERRY SPRINGER - THE OPERA
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: January 23, 2018
• Opening: February 22, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Richard Thomas
• Book and Additional Lyrics: Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas
• Director: John Rando
• Cast: TBA

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! It’s “The Jerry Springer Show” as you’ve never seen it before, with passionate arias, soaring ballads, and giant production numbers. While the studio audience cheers, a parade of bickering guests fight and curse, until violence breaks out and Jerry must face his trickiest guest ever…. Deeply in tune with the chaos and unrestrained id of our times, Jerry Springer - The Opera is an outrageous celebration of our national ritual of public humiliation and redemption.

[PORTO]
• 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?

KINGS
• The Public Theater/LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: January 30, 2018
• Opening: February 20, 2018
• Playwright: Sarah Burgess
• Directed by Thomas Kail
• Cast: Aya Cash, Eisa Davis, Zach Grenier, and Gillian Jacobs

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?

AMY AND THE ORPHANS
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: February 1, 2018
• Opening: March 1, 2018
• Playwright: Lindsey Ferrentino
• Directed by Scott Ellis
• Cast: Vanessa Aspillaga, Mark Blum, Jamie Brewer, Diane Davis, Josh McDermitt and Debra Monk

After their father’s death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together, they careen down the Great American Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind.

RELEVANCE
• MCC Theater/Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: February 1, 2018
• Opening: February 20, 2018
• Playwright: JC Lee
• Directed by Liesl Tommy
• Cast: Jayne Houdyshell

Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140 character tweets-especially against a rival whose time may have come.

IS GOD IS
• 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.

QUEENS
• 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 LOW ROAD
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: February 13, 2018
• Opening: March 7, 2018
• 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.

ADMISSIONS
• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: February 15, 2018
• Opening: March 12, 2018
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Directed by Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Ben Edelman, Andrew Garman, Jessica Hecht, Dana Ivey, and Sally Murphy

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.

GOOD FOR OTTO
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
• First Preview: February 20, 2018
• Opening: March 8, 2018
• Playwright: David Rabe
• Director: Scott Elliott
• Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Rileigh McDonald, Rosie O'Donnell and Michael Rabe

Like their patients and their families, Dr. Michaels, his colleague Evangeline and the clinic itself teeter between breakdown and survival, wielding dedication and humanity against the cunning, inventive adversary of mental illness, to hold onto the need to fight - and to live.

BOBBIE CLEARLY
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Black Box Theatre
• First Preview: March 8, 2018
• Opening: April 3, 2018
• Playwright: Alex Lubischer
• Directed by Willl Davis
• Cast: TBA

Bobbie killed Casey in the middle of a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska. Two years later, Milton’s residents are ready to tell you their side(s) of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy pushes the boundaries of Roundabout's Black Box Theatre, with a sprawling cast of eccentric characters and an ambitious narrative that pulls back the husk of rural life.

THE WINTER'S TALE
• 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.

THIS FLAT EARTH
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• 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.

MISS YOU LIKE HELL
• The Public Theater/Newman Theater
• First Preview: March 20, 2018
• Opening: April 10, 2018
• Music: Erin McKeown
• Lyrics: Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown
• Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes
• Director: Trip Cullman
• Cast: Danny Bolero, Andrew Cristi, Latoya Edwards, Shawna M. Hamic, Gizel Jimenez, David Patrick Kelly, Michael Mulheren, Daphne Rubin-Vega

Two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega is Beatriz, flawed mom to 16 year-old Olivia, and an undocumented immigrant on the verge of deportation. After living estranged from each other for years, a mother and daughter embark on a road trip that crosses state lines. Together they meet Americans of different backgrounds, shared dreams, and complicated truths in this powerful new show with vast heart and fierce humor.

YERMA
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: March 23, 2018
• Opening: March 27, 2018
• Playwright: Federico García Lorca; adapted by Simon Stone
• Director: Simon Stone
• Cast: Billie Piper

Federico García Lorca’s 1934 devastating drama is radically reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone, who transforms the achingly powerful tale of a provincial Spanish woman’s desperate desire to have a child into a parable of modern life. Having won 2017 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress for Billie Piper when staged at the Young Vic in London, this full-blooded production is transported to the Armory for its highly anticipated North American premiere.

MLIMA'S TALE
• 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.

TRANSFERS
• MCC Theater/Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: April 5, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Lucy Thurber
• Directed by Jackson Gay
• Cast: TBD

Cristofer and Clarence are two gifted students from the South Bronx. After two years at a local community college being coached by faculty members, the young men are competing for a life-changing scholarship at an elite northeast university. During a campus visit, the young men are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside. How do you break through a system designed to lock you out?

KING LEAR
• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• First Preview: April 7, 2018
• Opening: April 15, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Gregory Doran
• Cast: Sir Antony Sher

There are Shakespeare kings, and then there is Lear—rain-raving madman, dad with daughter issues, and a role that actors wait a lifetime to play. In this bold offering from RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company (King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, 2016 Winter/Spring), inimitable Olivier Award-winning actor Sir Antony Sher (Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts I & II, 2016 Winter/Spring) rises to that teetering throne, giving a career-defining performance as the all-too-trusting monarch in the twilight of his sanity.

DANCE NATION
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• 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.

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• First Preview: May 8, 2018
• Opening: May 13, 2018
• Playwright: Eugene O'Neill
• Director: Richard Eyre
• Cast: Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, Matthew Beard, Rory Keenan, Jessica Regan

The Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork spills out over a single day at the Tyrones’ Connecticut summer home, as a series of blistering revelations test the ties that have tenuously bound the couple and their sons, Jamie and Edmund, through the years. Charting their descent as day turns to night and the fog rolls in from the sea, this devastating production is a vibrating study of love, illness, and addiction— to drink, drugs, and the shadows of the past.

TWELFTH NIGHT
• 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.

THIS AIN’T NO DISCO
• 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.

THE GREAT LEAP
• 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.

FAIRVIEW
• 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.

SKINTIGHT
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: May 31, 2018
• Opening: June 21, 2018
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Directed by Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Idina Menzel

Reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who’s 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi’s son. Who’s also 20. And definitely gay.

LOG CABIN
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: June 1, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Playwright: Jordan Harrison
• Director: Pam McKinnon
• Cast: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

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.

LOVE AND INTRIGUE
• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Friedrich Schiller
• Director: Lev Dodin
• Cast: Danila Kozlovsky, Ksenia Rappoport and Elizaveta Boyarskaya

Two young lovers meet their fate in German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller’s tragedy of class warfare and courtly intrigue, which remains as prescient today as when it was first performed in 1787. Russia’s Maly Drama Theatre, led by the incomparable Lev Dodin, stages this biting indictment of despotism and immorality among the ruling classes with signature immediacy, breathing vital new life into a lesser-known classic.

THE DAMNED
• Park Avenue Armory
• Opening: July 17, 2018
• Playwright: Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco, and Enrico Medioli; adapted by Ivo van Hove
• Director: Ivo van Hove
• Cast: TBD

Using the screenplay rather than Luchino Visconti’s film as a starting point, director Ivo van Hove traces the disintegration of the wealthy Essenbeck family and their steel dynasty during the seizure of power of the Nazis in 1933 in Germany, reflecting the ideological debauchery of a society ready to make the most venomous alliances for the benefit of its sole economic interests. This sharply drawn familial chronicle combines intrigue and ambition with betrayal and murder in the insidious struggle for power, and the corruption of relationships echoes the cruelty and brutality of the political context—themes that have the makings of a great modern tragedy.

FIRE IN DREAMLAND
• 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.

REASONS TO BE PRETTY HAPPY
• MCC Theater/Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: August 16, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Neil LaBute
• Directed by Leigh Silverman
• Cast: TBD

After five years in New York, Greg and Steph return to their blue-collar hometown for their 20th high school reunion and to a dramatic encounter with Kent and Carly, the friends they left behind. Old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide as the evening (and the drinking) goes on.

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