July 1: Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham’s 1915 novel of lust and obsession, is adapted for the stage for the very first time by Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen. The production, which won the most Dora Awards in Toronto history, debuts Off-Broadway as part of Soulpepper on 42nd Street. Soulpepper, Toronto’s largest theatre company, is taking over the Pershing Square Signature Center with a festival of 12 new plays, musicals, and concerts through July 29.
July 1: Also debuting Off-Broadway as part of Soulpepper on 42nd Street is Kim’s Convenience, Ins Choi’s play set in a family-run Korean variety store. The Canadian play shines light on the Korean immigrant experience with warmth, humor, and compassion.
July 4: The National Yiddish Theatre Folskbiene kicks off its 103rd season with another kind of immigrant story: Amerike—The Golden Land, a musical journey detailing the Jewish American immigrant experience. Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld’s 1984 musical, originally titled The Golden Land, is revived at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Yiddish with English supertitles through August 6.
July 5: The Off-Broadway revival of Horton Foote's The Traveling Lady welcomes stage and screen alum Annette O'Toole to the cast at the Cherry Lane Theatre July 5. She takes over for Tony winner Karen Ziemba in the play about a woman driving through Texas on her way to greet her husband coming out of prison.
July 6: The woman who inspired both Ibsen's Hedda Gabler and Strindberg's Miss Julie was a Swedish novelist named Victoria Benedictsson who wrote under the pen name Ernst Ahlgren. Soon after completing the play The Enchantment, she committed suicide, thought to be the result of a scandalous affair with a high-profile Danish critic. Now, a new English translation of the 1887 play opens in New York in a U.S. premiere from the Ducdame Ensemble. The play follows a young Swedish woman who arrives in Paris at the height of the Belle Époque; performances began June 28 and run through July 22 at the HERE Arts Center.
July 6: Red Bull Theater’s acclaimed production of The Government Inspector gets a second life Off-Broadway. The political satire, which stars Michael Urie and Mary Testa, transfers from the Duke on 42nd Street to New World Stages for six weeks only beginning July 6. Red Bull’s artistic director Jesse Berger directs.
July 8: Grief and comedy collide in Lauren Yee’s In a Word, which plays its final performance at the Cherry Lane Studio theatre July 8. The play is centered on a mother whose child disappeared two years prior and explores themes of loss, language, and love. Young playwright Lee is fast on the rise with a number of hit new works, including this one, which was named a New York Times’ critics’ pick.
July 8: There are only three chances to catch City of Light, a new musical by Gabrielle Wagner, Julie Weiner, and Jan Roper with direction by Tony winner Cady Huffman. The show is playing a very limited engagement as part of the SheNYC Summer Theater Festival at the Connelly Theater Downtown. The musical follows a young woman’s trip to Paris to scatter her father’s ashes from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
July 10: Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline opens in the Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, marking her return Off-Broadway following the twice-sold-out hit Skeleton Crew. The play follows the relationship between an inner-city public high school teacher, played by Karen Pittman, and her only son, played by Namir Smallwood.
July 10: Fascinated by psychological experiments? Britain’s Improbable theatre company is taking audiences on a tour of the 20th century’s ten most famous (or infamous) in Opening Skinner’s Box—beginning with B.F. Skinner’s notorious rat boxes experiments. The show premieres in the U.S. as part of Lincoln Center Festival.
July 11: Central Park’s Delacorte stage is transformed into an enchanted forest for Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park. Broadway favorites Annaleigh Ashford, Danny Burstein, Phylicia Rashad, Kristine Nielsen, and more star.
July 11: Performances of A Parallelogram begin at Second Stage Theatre. Bruce Norris’ dark comedy is about the things we can and can't control in life, with a cast led by Tony nominees Celia Keenan-Bolger and Stephen Kunken. Dear Evan Hansen and War Paint director Michael Greif directs the New York premiere.
July 12: Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical Assassins is revived at New York City Center as part of its summer Encores! Off-Center programming. The stellar cast includes Victoria Clark, Steven Pasquale, Alex Brightman, Shuler Hensley, Steven Boyer, and John Ellison Conlee, among others.
July 13: Prefer the Bard’s tragedies? The Public Theater has something for all Shakespeare fans this summer. Fresh off his acclaimed Broadway productions of Glass Menagerie and Doll’s House, Part 2, Tony winner Sam Gold returns Off-Broadway to direct Hamlet at the Public Theater. In the title role is screen star Oscar Isaac; joining the Golden Globe winner onstage are Keegan-Michael Key as Horatio, Peter Friedman as Polonius, Gayle Rankin as Ophelia, Matthew Saldívar as Guildenstern, and Anatol Yusef as Laertes.
July 14: Theater Mitu debuts a new, hyper-theatrical version of Death of a Salesman at The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Theater. The production uses masks and inanimate objects to represent several of characters and moments in Arthur Miller’s classic. Performances run through July 23 only.