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.
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SCOTLAND, PA
Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: September 14, 2019
• Opening: October 23, 2019
• Book: Michael Mitnick
• Music and Lyrics: Adam Gwon
• Director: Lonny Price
• Choreographer: Josh Rhodes
• Cast: Jeb Brown, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Taylor Iman Jones, Lacretta, Megan Lawrence, Ryan McCartan, Will Meyers, Wonu Ogunfowora, David Rossmer, Alysha Umphress, and Kaleb Wells

This deliciously dark musical comedy, based on the cult film (and the bard's Macbeth), springs to life in a sleepy Pennsylvania town (population 1,203—and dropping), where a burger-joint manager and his wife cook up a plan to super-size their lives. As their ambitions grow and the bodies fall, the couple finds out just how far they’ll go for a taste of the oh-so-tempting American dream.

BELLA BELLA
• Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage I
• First Preview: October 1, 2019
• Opening: October 22, 2019
• Playwright: Harvey Fierstein
• Director: Kimberly Senior
• Cast: Harvey Fierstein

From the words and works of New York City’s very own political firebrand, Bella Abzug, comes this raucous, heart-rending and absurdly humorous solo show. Set in 1976, on the eve of her bid to become New York State’s first female Senator, Bella Bella finds this larger-than-life, truth-slinging, groundbreaking, hat-wearing icon squirreled away in the bathroom of a midtown hotel awaiting that night’s election results while a coterie of family and celebs await her entrance.

IS THIS A ROOM
• Vineyard Theatre
• First Preview: October 3, 2019
• Opening: October 22, 2019
• Playwright and Director: Tina Satter
• Cast: Emily C. Davis, Becca Blackwell, Pete Simpson, and TL Thompson

A true story, still unfolding. June 3, 2017. A 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner is surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated, and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. Reality remains in jail with a record-breaking sentence. The FBI transcript of her interrogation is the heart of Is This a Room, in which an extraordinary human drama unfolds between the complex and witty Reality, and the agents who question her.

SEARED
• The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space/Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater
• First Preview: October 3, 2019
• Opening: October 28, 2019
• Playwright: Theresa Rebeck
• Director: Moritz von Stuelpnagel
• Cast: W. Tré Davis, Raúl Esparza, David Mason, and Krysta Rodriguez

Brilliant, hot-headed chef Harry scores a mention in a food magazine with his signature scallops, and his business partner Mike finally sees profits within reach. The only problem, Harry refuses to recreate his masterpiece for the masses. Mix in a shrewd restaurant consultant and a waiter with dreams of his own and it all goes to hell in this hilarious and insightful new play that asks us to consider where art ends and commerce begins.

POWER STRIP
• Lincoln Center Theater/Claire Tow Theater
• First Preview: October 5, 2019
• Opening: October 21, 2019
• Playwright: Sylvia Khoury
• Director: Tyne Rafaeli
• Cast: Peter Ganim, Darius Homayoun, Ali Lopez-Sohaili, and Dina Shihabi

Yasmin, a young Syrian refugee, spends her days tethered to an electric power strip in a Greek refugee camp. Once a middle-class student in Aleppo whose life was dictated by the expectations of men, her sheltered existence has been shattered by a brutal civil war. In the war-torn world of the refugee camp, Yasmin finds that she must betray everything she once knew and valued in order to survive.

FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
• The Public Theater/Martinson Hall
• First Preview: October 8, 2019
• Opening: October 22, 2019
• Playwright: Ntozake Shange
• Director: Leah C. Gardiner
• Choreographer: Camille A. Brown
• Cast: Jocelyn Bioh, Celia Chevalier, Danaya Esperanza, Jayme Lawson, Adrienne C. Moore, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Alexandria Wailes

Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of having to exist in a world shaped by sexism and racism.

MOLLY SWEENEY
• Theatre Five @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: October 8, 2019
• Opening: October 23, 2019
• Playwright: Brian Friel
• Director: Jonathan Silverstein
• Cast: Paul O’Brien, Pamela Sabaugh, and Tommy Schrider

Having lost her sight at infancy, Molly Sweeney knows the world through touch, sound, taste, and smell. When her hopeful husband and ambitious doctor propose an operation to restore her sight, Molly and those around her begin to understand that things may not all be as they appear.

ONLY HUMAN
• Theatre at St. Clement's
• First Preview: October 8, 2019
• Opening: October 21, 2019
• Book: Jess Carson
• Music and Lyrics: Mike Squillante
• Director: NJ Agwuna
• Choreographer: Josue Jasmin
• Cast: Gary Busey, Mike Squillante, Kim Steele, Evan Maltby, Ben Bogen, Lili Thomas, and Charles West

Before they were enemies, they were co-workers. Jesus and Lucifer never saw eye-to-eye, but when an extreme case of creative differences gets the best of them, all hell breaks loose...literally. A hilarious new musical of biblical proportions, Only Human shakes up heaven with kick-ass pop rock tunes and corporate attire.

MACBETH
• Classic Stage Company/Lynn F. Angelson Theater
• First Preview: October 10, 2019
• Opening: October 27, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: John Doyle
• Cast: Barzin Akhavan, Raffi Barsoumian, Nadia Bowers, N’Jameh Camara, Erik Lochtefeld, Mary Beth Peil, Corey Stoll, Antonio Michael Woodard, and Barbara Walsh

A terrifyingly prophetic tale of revenge, murder, and madness, Macbeth ominously traces the fallout when the darkest side of humanity cheats its way into a position of power. Often referred to as “The Scottish Play” by superstitious theatergoers due to the purported witchcraft found within its text, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest, scariest, and yet, most popular tragedies.

CYRANO
• Daryl Roth Theatre
• First Preview: October 12, 2019
• Opening: November 7, 2019
• Book: Erica Schmidt
• Music: Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner
• Lyrics: Matt Berninger and Carin Besser
• Director: Erica Schmidt
• Choreographers: Jeff and Rick Kuperman
• Cast: Ritchie Coster, Josh A. Dawson, Peter Dinklage, Hillary Fisher, Christopher Gurr, Blake Jenner, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Nehal Joshi, Grace McLean, Erika Olson, and Scott Stangland

A raw and transporting new version of the classic tale of unrequited love and ghostwritten letters, Cyrano tells the story of a proud man who, believing himself unlovable, agrees to woo the woman he loves for another.

FOR ALL THE WOMEN WHO THOUGHT THEY WERE MAD
• SoHo Repertory Theater
• First Preview: October 14, 2019
• Opening: October 27, 2019
• Playwright: Zawe Ashton
• Director: Whitney White
• Cast: Stephanie Berry, Gibson Frazier, Sharon Hope, Nicole Lewis, Blasina Olowe, Cherene Snow, Bisserat Tseggai, Shay Vawn, and Kat Williams

for all the women who thought they were Mad is a daring and exhilarating fever dream about the forces that push a woman from the everyday into free fall.

FEAR
• Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: October 15, 2019
• Opening: October 24, 2019
• Playwright: Matt Williams
• Director: Tea Alagić
• Cast: Obi Abili, Enrico Colantoni, and Alexander Garfin

Fear follows a little girl’s disappearance as it prompts a tense confrontation among a plumber, college professor and teenage boy. In this psychological drama, three neighbors discover how far they are willing to go to defend the values that define them.

THE MICHAELS
• The Public Theater/LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: October 19, 2019
• Opening: October 27, 2019
• Playwright and Director: Richard Nelson
• Cast: Charlotte Bydwell, Haviland Morris, Maryann Plunkett, Matilda Sakamoto, Jay O. Sanders, Brenda Wehle, and Rita Wolf

This new drama places the audience directly into the kitchen of Rose Michael, a celebrated choreographer. Dinner is cooked, modern dances are rehearsed, and the meal is eaten — all amidst conversations about art, death, family, dance, politics, the state of America, and how the world sees our country... and a host of everyday questions that make up the richness of ordinary life.

DR. RIDE'S AMERICAN BEACH HOUSE
• Ars Nova at Greenwich House
• First Preview: October 21, 2019
• Opening: November 5, 2019
• Playwright: Liza Birkenmeier
• Director: Katie Brook
• Cast: Susan Blommaert, Marga Gomez, Erin Markey, and Kristen Sieh

It’s 1983, the evening before Dr. Sally Ride’s historic space flight. Hundreds of miles from the launch, three women with passionate opinions and no opportunities sit on a sweltering St. Louis rooftop watching life pass them by. Their uncharted desires bump up against American norms of sex and power in this intimate snapshot of queer anti-heroines.

FIRES IN THE MIRROR
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: October 22, 2019
• Opening: November 11, 2019
• Playwright: Anna Deveare Smith
• Director: Saheem Ali
• Cast: Michael Benjamin Washington

There are three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth. Following the deaths of a Black American boy and a young Orthodox Jewish scholar in the summer of 1991, underlying racial tensions in the nestled community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn erupted into civil outbreak. Fires in the Mirror was Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking response. Birthed from a series of interviews with over fifty members of the Jewish and Black communities, the Drama Desk award-winning work translated their voices verbatim, and in the process revolutionized the genre of documentary theatre.

A WOMAN OF THE WORLD
• 59E59 Theater C
• Opening: October 24, 2019
• Playwright: Rebecca Gilman
• Director: Valentina Fratti
• Cast: Kathleen Chalfant

Best known as Emily Dickinson’s posthumous editor, Mabel Loomis Todd is a woman of the world. Priding herself on being an inspired conversationalist, she invited scandal by enjoying a glass of wine in mixed company, and she certainly wasn’t afraid to expose her ankles in a dress. Now in her 70s and living on Hog Island in Maine, the accomplished journalist and naturalist regales us with tales of her storied life, spilling secrets and revealing the true nature of her relationship with one of America’s most celebrated poets.

BROADBEND, ARKANSAS
• The Duke on 42nd Street
• First Preview: October 25, 2019
• Opening: November 10, 2019
• Libretto: Ellen Fitzhugh and Harrison David Rivers
• Music: Ted Shen
• Director: Jack Cummings III
• Cast: Justin Cunningham and Danyel Fulton

An African-American family grapples with decades of inequality, violence, and suppression in the South. Benny, an orderly at a nursing home, delicately balances his role as a caregiver to an ornery white resident who shares a contentious past with his white boss while at the same time caring for his own family as the fight for equality grips the nation in the midst of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Thirty years later, his daughter, Ruby, struggles to understand an incident of police brutality against her 15-year-old son.

PANAMA HATTIE
• York Theatre at Saint Peter's
• First Preview: October 26, 2019
• Opening: October 27, 2019
• Book: Herbert Fields and B.G. DeSylva
• Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter
• Director: Michael Montel
• Cast: TBD

A brassy nightclub owner must bid for the approval of her fiancé’s family – a task only made more complicated when she discovers a plan to blow up the Panama Canal.

A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: October 29, 2019
• Opening: November 19, 2019
• Playwright: Tony Kushner
• Director: Oskar Eustis
• Cast: Linda Emond, Michael Esper, Grace Gummer, Jonathan Hadary, Nikki M. James, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Nadine Malouf, Mark Margolis, Estelle Parsons, Michael Urie, and Max Woertendyke

Agnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration, and a new character, grappling with the anxiety, distraction, hope, and hopelessness of an artist facing the once unthinkable rise of authoritarianism in modern America.

THE UNDERLYING CHRIS
• Second Stage Theater/Tony Kiser Theater
• First Preview: October 29, 2019
• Opening: November 21, 2019
• Playwright: Will Eno
• Director: Kenny Leon
• Cast: Hannah Cabell, Michael Countryman, Ebony Jo-Ann, Lenne Klingaman, Lizbeth MacKay, Nedra McClyde, Howard Overshown, Isabella Russo, Charles Turner, and Luis Vega

The Underlying Chris is a life-affirming and high-spirited look at how a person comes into their identity, and how sometimes it’s life’s tiniest moments that most profoundly change our lives. In these divided times, The Underlying Chris serves as a celebration of our differences, our individuality, and the many mysterious, difficult, and beautiful things we share simply by being alive.

ON THAT DAY IN AMSTERDAM
• Cherry Lane Theatre
• First Preview: October 29, 2019
• Opening: November 19, 2019
• Playwright: Clarence Coo
• Director: Kareem Fahmy
• Cast: Abubakr Ali, Frankie J. Alvarez, Evander Duck, Jeffrey Omura, and Rocky Vega

In a time when your fate is determined by your passport, Clarence Coo's deeply arresting play captures a transient moment of magic. The morning after a one-night stand, a refugee from the Middle East wakes up next to an American backpacker who is himself the son of immigrants. With only a day until the two young men must each leave Amsterdam, they set off on a romantic journey through the city. Moved by the spirits of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Anne Frank, On That Day in Amsterdam witnesses these two young dreamers count down their remaining hours together, discovering the meaning of art, love, and loss.

ONE DISCORDANT VIOLIN
• 59E59 Theater B
• Opening: October 29, 2019
• Playwright: Anthony Black
• Music: Aaron Collier and Jacques Mindreau
• Directors: Ann-Marie Kerr and Anthony Black
• Cast: Anthony Black and Jacques Mindreau

An aspiring Canadian writer is visiting Washington, DC on his first ever trip to the United States. After stumbling upon a group of Vietnam War veterans performing classical concertos in an abandoned theater, he has a life-changing encounter with a forgotten American composer. One Discordant Violin is an extraordinarily moving duet for actor and violinist about finding beauty in unexpected places and what can happen when we reach beyond our grasp.

AN ENCHANTED APRIL
• Theatre Two @ Theatre Row
• Opening: November 1, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Elizabeth Hansen
• Music and Lyrics: C. Michael Perry
• Director: Alice Jankell
• Cast: Leah Hocking, Alma Cuervo, Jim Stanek, Christiana Cole, Gena Sims, Aaron Phillips, Peter Reid Lambert, and Melody Meeks Putnam

London...a particularly dreary February in 1922. Four world-weary women, desperate to escape their memories of WWI and the repression of London, dare to rent a villa in Italy for a month. Miraculously, in just one short Enchanted April, the lives and hearts of these women are transformed by wisteria, sunshine, a small medieval castle...and each other.

FUR
• Fourth Street Theatre
• Opening: November 1, 2019
• Playwright: Migdalia Cruz
• Director: Elena Araoz
• Cast: Danny Bolero, Ashley Marie Ortiz, and Monica Steuer

In the midst of a post-apocalyptic sandstorm, Citrona, a young woman whose body is covered in fur, is purchased, caged and fetishized by a pet shop owner named Michael. When he hires beautiful Nena to hunt for Citrona’s food, an absurd and captivating love triangle ensnares all three characters. Intense, primal and delightfully bizarre, Migdalia Cruz's Fur exposes the beating heart of impulsive, unconventional desire.

EINSTEIN'S DREAMS
• 59E59 Theater A
• First Preview: November 5, 2019
• Opening: November 20, 2019
• Book and Lyrics:
• Music and Lyrics:
• Director: Cara Reichel
• Cast: Zal Owen, Brennan Caldwell, Talia Cosentino, Stacia Fernandez, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Michael McCoy, Tess Primack, Alexandra Silber, and Vishal Vaidya

The year is 1905. A young and uncertain Einstein dares to envision new worlds beyond the limits of classical physics. Drawn deeply into his dreams, he is guided by a mysterious woman – whose elusive identity awakens his full genius. Based on the bestselling novel by Alan Lightman, this elegant musical bridges worlds imagined and real, exploring the wonders of human imagination and the romance of knowledge.

THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: November 5, 2019
• Opening: November 24, 2019
• Playwright: Horton Foote
• Director: Michael Wilson
• Cast: Devon Abner, Dan Bittner, Pat Bowie, Kristine Nielsen, Jon Orsini, Larry Pine, and Aidan Quinn

Danger waits just underneath the surface in Horton Foote’s powerful, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of an aging couple still reeling from the death of their only child. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing 1950s Houston, the Kidders' lives are turned upside down once again when a figure from their son’s past shows up in town. They deny, deflect and deceive in an effort to avoid the danger but can’t dodge the inevitable reckoning. How far will these grieving parents go to avoid the truths this young man from Atlanta might reveal?

PUMPGIRL
• Irish Repertory Studio Theatre
• First Preview: November 7, 2019
• Opening: November 14, 2019
• Playwright: Abbie Spallen
• Director: Nicola Murphy
• Cast: TBD

In a gas station in Northern Ireland, barely north of the border, Pumpgirl gets few customers beyond lecherous men and cruel women who remark on her tomboyish appearance. Otherwise guarded, she has struck up a friendship with “no helmet Hammy” – an amateur stock-car racer who prefers to spend time with his unsavory buddies over his wife and children. As Hammy’s wife, Sinead, stays home alone, she simmers with rage over her isolated, disappointing existence. On Hammy’s birthday, their lives become perilously intertwined, leaving them face to face with a desperate future.

THE CRUCIBLE
• Connelly Theatre
• First Preview: November 8, 2019
• Opening: November 21, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Eric Tucker
• Cast: Shirine Babb, Rajesh Bose, Truett Felt, Caroline Grogan, Paul Lazar, Susannah Millonzi, Arash Mokhtar, Ryan Quinn, Randolph Curtis Rand, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, John Terry, and Eric Tucker

The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692–93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists.

THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE
• Minetta Lane Theatre
• First Preview: November 12, 2019
• Opening: November 19, 2019
• Playwright: Lauren Gunderson
• Director: Gaye Taylor Upchurch
• Cast: Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany

With lyricism and wit, Lauren Gunderson has crafted an honest, unexpected story that follows Marie Curie during the summer of 1912 when news of her secret affair threatens to overshadow her second Nobel Prize win. Heartbroken, Curie leaves France to stay with Ayrton at her home on the British seaside, and together they confront the scandal that could end Curie’s career — and drastically alter her life.

EVITA
• New York City Center
• First Preview: November 13, 2019
• Opening: November 14, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Director: Sammi Cannold
• Cast: Solea Pfeiffer, Jason Gotay, Maia Reficco, Enrique Acevedo, and Philip Hernandez

Fame, power, and illusion collide in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock-opera Evita. This acclaimed musical examines the rapid and controversial ascent of Eva Perón, the first lady of Argentina, until her untimely death at age 33. On the one-hundredth anniversary of Eva Perón’s birth, this presentation deepens your understanding of one of Argentina’s most adored and reviled figures.

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• Opening: November 13, 2019
• Playwrights: Thomas Ostermeier, Florian Borchmeyer and Édouard Louis
• Director: Thomas Ostermeier
• Cast: TBD

Through the fractured recall of Édouard Louis, his sister, police, and doctors, the autobiographical book and play History of Violence reconstruct the trauma of a desire-filled encounter turned violent. A layered retelling that is both devastating and funny, the production uncovers deeply rooted societal racism, homophobia, and rage unbridled under obscure, repressive power structures until all that remains is a nuanced, closely guarded memory.

CONFIDENCE (AND THE SPEECH)
• Theatre One @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: November 14, 2019
• Opening: November 20, 2019
• Playwright: Susan Lambert Hatem
• Director: Hannah Ryan
• Cast: Denise Burse, Ross Alden, Sarah Dacey Charles, Mark Coffin, Zach Fifer, Abigail Ludrof, James Penca, Imran Sheikh, and Stephen Stout

College professor Cynthia Cooper is approached by a stranger, a young man, and asked to recall her time with the Carter Administration during the days before the now infamous Crisis of Confidence speech. If she is going to tell her story of that time – the story told from her perspective – she is going to play the President. And the young man who wants to know her story? Well, he is going to play her. This unique cross-gender play explores the confidence of a president, a nation in chaos and women in politics.

GREATER CLEMENTS
• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: November 14, 2019
• Opening: December 9, 2019
• Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter
• Director: Davis McCallum
• Cast: Edmund Donovan, Andrew Garman, Nina Hellman, Judith Ivey, Kate MacCluggage, James Saito, and Haley Sakamoto

The once-proud mining town of Clements, Idaho is rapidly disintegrating. As Maggie prepares to close one of the town's last remaining businesses, a visitor arrives on her doorstep, resurrecting long-buried hope and shame rooted in her family's past and the town's history. Now, for the first time in nearly fifty years, Maggie is forced to consider if the life she envisioned for herself at seventeen might still be possible today.

HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN
• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: November 14, 2019
• Opening: December 9, 2019
• Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis
• Director: John Oritz
• Cast: Victor Almanzar, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Elizabeth Canavan, Sean Carvajal, Molly Collier, Liza Colón-Zayas, Esteban Cruz, Greg Keller, Kristina Poe, Neil Tyrone Pritchard, Andrea Syglowski, Benja Kay Thomas, Pernell Walker, and Kara Young

Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis takes his style to another level in this play about the harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking inner workings of a women's halfway house in New York City.

MSTRIAL
• New World Stages/Stage 5
• First Preview: November 14, 2019
• Opening: December 5, 2019
• Playwright: Dep Kirkland
• Director: Rick Andosca
• Cast: Christine Evangelista, Janie Brookshire, Dep Kirkland, Alan Trinca, and Gayle Samuels

Internationally renowned trial lawyer John Paris plays to win, both in and out of court. For Karen Lukoff, John's young associate, losing has never been an option either. Together, they are a litigation juggernaut. John's nephew Dan Burks isn’t sure where he fits, if at all. After a major lawsuit victory, John's firm celebrates the win as hard as they fought for it. In the drunken morning hours, left alone, John and Karen collide in a high-octane moment that will cause everyone—including the audience—to question what they know about desire, consent, winning, and losing.

WE WILL ROCK YOU
• Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden
• Opening: November 14, 2019
• Book: Ben Elton
• Music and Lyrics: Queen
• Music Director: Stuart Morley
• Cast: Trevor Coll, Keri Kelly, Krystle Chance, Alysse Ernewein, Brian Christensen, Kyle Gruninger, and Kevin Doe

Everywhere, the kids watch the same movies, wear the same fashions and think the same thoughts. It’s a safe, happy, Ga Ga world. Unless you’re a rebel. Unless you want to Rock. On Planet Mall all the musical instruments are banned. The Company Computers generate tunes and everybody downloads them. It is an age of Boy Bands and of Girl Bands. Of Boy and Girl Bands. Of Girl Bands with a couple of boys in them that look like girls anyway. Nothing is left to chance, hits are scheduled years in advance.

FEFU AND HER FRIENDS
• Theatre for a New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• First Preview: November 16, 2019
• Opening: November 24, 2019
• Playwright: María Irene Fornés
• Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
• Cast: Brittany Bradford, Juliana Canfield, Helen Cespedes, Jennifer Lim, Ronete Levenson, Lindsay Rico, Amelia Workman, and Carmen Zilles

Fefu and Her Friends, one of the most beloved and discussed plays of the late Cuban-American dramatist María Irene Fornés, tells the story of a group of intelligent, outgoing young women who have so internalized male views of their sex that they lash out indirectly in mysterious ways. A classic of both feminist and environmental theater, Fefu splits its audience into groups that move around to different locations in the theater. The women’s fascinatingly enigmatic gathering at a New England country house in 1935 is seen through multiple perspectives and degrees of intimacy.

HARRY TOWNSEND'S LAST STAND
• New York City Center Stage II
• First Preview: November 18, 2019
• Opening: December 4, 2019
• Playwright: George Eastman
• Director: Karen Carpenter
• Cast: Len Cariou and Craig Bierko

A comedy with heart, Harry Townsend's Last Stand centers around 85-year-old Harry Townsend, a widower, living alone in the Lakeside home he built in Vermont. While he still possesses a sharp mind and a dry wit, he is getting up there in age. Beside his daughter, Sarah, the one happiness in his life is his son, Alan, who is finally coming home after an 18-month absence. Yet Alan's return is accompanied by an agenda that puts the aging father and his concerned son at odds.

ONE IN TWO
• New York City Center Stage II
• First Preview: November 19, 2019
• Opening: December 10, 2019
• Playwright: Donja R. Love
• Director: Stevie Walker-Webb
• Cast: Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler and Edward Mawere

Three young men. One of them will be chosen. They will tell "his" story. A story they’re forced to tell over and over again about his new reality and how he lives with it – until he can’t. With riveting simplicity and theatricality, Donja R. Love turns his emotionally frank and lyrical voice to an intimate story that is shared by many. one in two is a play about what theater can do, and what it means to not be alone.

EVERYTHING IS SUPER GREAT
• 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: November 22, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Stephen Brown
• Director: Sarah Norris
• Cast: TBA

A typical day in the life of Tommy involves triple shot lattes, pining over the manager at Starbucks, and arson at Applebee’s. Such distractions are therapeutic when your older brother has been missing for months and your mom won’t stop force-feeding you Pop Tarts. But when a well-meaning, if somewhat dysfunctional, “art therapist” shows up on his doorstep, Tommy must finally face his loss. Everything is Super Great explores the different ways we cope with grief, and how letting someone in helps us with letting something go.

THE THIN PLACE
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: November 22, 2019
• Opening: December 12, 2019
• Playwright: Lucas Hnath
• Director: Les Waters
• Cast: Randy Danson, Kelly McAndrew, Emily Cass McDonnell, and Triney Sandoval

Everyone who ever died is still here, just in a different part of here. Linda can communicate with them. And if you believe, she can make you hear them, too — in the thin place, the fragile boundary between our world and the other one. With acuity and relentless curiosity, Lucas Hnath’s play transforms the theater into an intimate séance, crafting an unnerving testament to the power of the mind, which has a mind of its own.

SING STREET
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: November 25, 2019
• Opening: December 16, 2019
• Book: Enda Walsh
• Music and Lyrics: John Carney and Gary Clark
• Director: Rebecca Taichman
• Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
• Cast: Max William Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Ilan Eskenazi, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O'Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, and Amy Warren

Dublin, 1985. Everyone is out of work. Thousands are seeking bluer skies across the Irish Sea. Sixteen-year-old Conor and his schoolmates turn to music to escape troubles at home and impress a mysterious girl. With a score that embraces the new wave sounds of the era, Sing Street celebrates the thrill of first love and the power of music.

ONE NOVEMBER YANKEE
• 59E59 Theater B
• First Preview: November 29, 2019
• Opening: December 5, 2019
• Playwright and Director: Joshua Ravetch
• Cast: Harry Hamlin and Stefanie Powers

One plane, two actors, and three intricately interwoven stories. Joshua Ravetch’s new play explores human connection brought on by tragedy in the aftermath of a plane crash that ripples across the lives of six characters.

DANIEL KITSON: KEEP
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• Opening: December 4, 2019
• Playwright: Daniel Kitson
• Cast: Daniel Kitson

A new show about how much past the present can usefully contain. About rigor and generosity. About postcards and hair pins and a certificate from Harry Ramsdens in Blackpool. About how long it takes to stop noticing where you are. About the compromise of a full life and the burden of a full heart and how it’s impossible to know where looking back will lead. About the task of being who we are without denying who we’ve been. About the importance of regret and the possibility of hope and the delusional idea of starting again. About all the books I’ve never read and all the jam I’ve ever eaten and the bags of torn tickets and the drawers of empty pens and the inevitable sadness of ever holding on to anything. About, in short, the stuff in my house and the thoughts in my head.

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