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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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theatre
• First Preview: July 11, 2017
• Opening: July 31, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Directed by Lear deBessonet
• Cast: Annaleigh Ashford, De’Adre Aziza, Kyle Beltran, Vinie Burrows, Danny Burstein, Justin Cunningham, Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Austin Durant, Shalita Grant, Keith Hart, Alex Hernandez, Jeff Hiller, Robert Joy, Patricia Lewis, David Manis, Pamela McPherson-Cornelius, Patrena Murray, Kristine Nielsen, Bhavesh Patel, Richard Poe, Phylicia Rashad, Joe Tapper, Judith Wagner, Warren Wyss, Benjamin Ye

William Shakespeare's comedy brings together a group of star-crossed lovers, an inept band of actors led by the pompous Bottom, and the king and queen of the fairies and their impish henchman Puck, who creates romantic and comic havoc for all.

A PARALLELOGRAM
• Second Stage Theatre
• First Preview: July 11, 2017
• Opening: August 2, 2017
• Playwright: Bruce Norris
• Director: Michael Greif
• Cast: Juan Castano, Anita Gillette, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Stephen Kunken

Bee can click through different moments of her life with the touch of a remote control. Past, present and future collide in this mathematical farce that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don’t have the power to change.

PIPELINE
• LCT3/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: June 15, 2017
• Opening: July 20, 2017
• Playwright: Dominique Morisseau
• Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
• Cast: Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez

Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students' achievement, while she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When Omari is involved in a controversial incident which threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari's rage and her own parental decisions, as she rallies to save her son.

THE RED LETTER PLAYS: IN THE BLOOD AND FUCKING A
• Pershing Square Signature Center
• First Preview: August 22, 2017
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks
• Director: Jo Bonney
• Cast: TBA

Remixing The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s seminal masterpiece, The Red Letter Plays tear open notions of gender and hypocrisy with poetic honesty and exhilarating wit. In the Blood’s Hester La Negrita is a penniless mother of five condemned by the very men who loved her. Fucking A’s Hester Smith is an abortionist, forced to ply her trade to save her own son. Performed together for the first time, with a shared cast and director, the two plays form a thrilling and powerful indictment of American society.

ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: August 23, 2017
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Simon Stephens
• Director: Neil Pepe
• Cast: TBA

In Simon Stephens’ stunning play, something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wide World is a play about love, family, Roy Keane and the size of the galaxy. Atlantic is thrilled to welcome back Simon Stephens (Harper Regan, Bluebird) with the New York debut of his Olivier Award-winning play.

AS YOU LIKE IT
• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: September 2017
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: John Doyle
• Original Music: Stephen Schwartz
• Cast: TBA

An exiled Duke, his banished daughter, a gentleman in love, and a melancholy traveler. Artistic Director John Doyle and Tony Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz bring Shakespeare’s pastoral romance into the Jazz Age, with lovers in disguise, troubadours in trouble, and some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters.

MONICA BILL BARNES & COMPANY’S “ONE NIGHT ONLY (RUNNING AS LONG AS WE CAN)”
• Women’s Project Theatre/McGinn Cazale Theatre
• First Preview: September 12, 2017
• Opening: TBD
• Concept: Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass and Robert Saenz De Viteri
• Cast: TBA

Tonight the clock is running… and so are they! Longtime performing partners Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass will leave it all on the field in this world premiere production. The acclaimed duo will make an audacious effort to accomplish one goal: to do everything they’ve ever learned how to do in just one night. Everyday movement will be taken to monumental new heights as Barnes and Bass turn manic finger snapping, competitive clapping, non-stop treadmill running, and spinning until they almost throw up into a night of unexpected joy.

POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: September 16, 2017
• Opening: TBD
• Original Concept: Douglas Lyons
• Book: Melvin Tunstall III
• Music: Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons
• Lyrics: Douglas Lyons
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polka dot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE
• The Public Theater/LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: September 16, 2017
• Opening: October 6, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Created by Elevator Repair Service
• Directed by John Collins
• Cast: Rinne Groff, Lindsay Hockaday, Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, April Matthis, Gavin Price, Greig Sargeant, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and Susie Sokol

With athletic theatricality and Marx-Brothers-inspired slapstick, the ERS ensemble brings exciting new life to this story of impossible moral choices in 17th-century Vienna. Radical experiments with speed set the play’s combination of the comically absurd and the tragically serious in stark relief, and deliver a remarkable new show that marries the company’s unique performance style with the Bard’s exquisitely lyrical language.

THE PORTUGUESE KID
• 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

In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti (Jason Alexander). 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.

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
• The Public Theater/Newman Theater
• First Preview: September 19, 2017
• Opening: October 10, 2018
• Playwright: Nia Vardalos
• Directed by Thomas Kail
• Cast: Nia Vardalos

Following its critically-acclaimed and sold-out run last season, the uplifting and richly funny TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS returns to the Public’s larger Newman Theater with Academy Award-nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) reprising the role of Sugar. Thousands of people wrote letters asking for advice from an anonymous online columnist named Sugar, who drew from her own life experiences to answer in a candid, often brutally honest exchange. It was later revealed that Sugar was Cheryl Strayed. Vardalos adapts Strayed's book, weaving together the real letters to explore the monstrous beauty, unfathomable dark and glimmering light which are at the heart of being human.

OEDIPUS EL REY
• The Public Theater/Shiva Theater
• First Preview: October 3, 2017
• Opening: October 26, 2017
• Playwright: Luis Alfaro
• Directed by Chay Yew
• Cast: TBD

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?

OFFICE HOUR
• The Public Theater/Martinson Theater
• First Preview: October 10, 2017
• Opening: November 2, 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.

ILLYRIA
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: October 22, 2017
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Richard Nelson
• Directed by Richard Nelson
• Cast: TBD

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.

DESCRIBE THE NIGHT
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: November 1, 2017
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Rajiv Joseph
• Director: Giovanna Sardelli
• Cast: TBA

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.

THE HOMECOMING QUEEN
• 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.

HANGMEN
• 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.

[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
• 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?

THE LOW ROAD
• 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.

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.

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.

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.

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