Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 2017–2018 season. The lineup includes the world premiere of Stephen Trask, Peter Yanowitz and Rick Elice’s new musical This Ain’t No Disco, directed by Trip Cullman, as well as new plays by Rajiv Joseph (Guards at the Taj), Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Martin McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Ngozi Anyanwu (Good Grief), and Lauren Yee (King of Yees).
The season will kick off August 23 with the New York premiere of Stephens’ Olivier Award-winning On the Shore of the Wide World. Set over the course of nine months, Stephens’ newest work is an exploration of love, family, the size of the galaxy, and Irish footballer Roy Keane. Performances will run through October 1 with direction by Artistic Director Neil Pepe.
Next, Atlantic teams up with Houston's Alley Theatre for the world premiere of Joseph’s Describe the Night. Set over the course of 80 years, the play traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy theories. The production will run November 1–December 17 with direction by Giovanna Sardelli.
In the new year, the Off-Broadway theatre will present the world premiere of Anyanwu’s The Homecoming Queen. The new play follows a novelist who returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, while at the same time learning to re-familiarize herself with the culture she’d left behind. Performances will run January 10–February 11, 2018. A director will be announced at a later date.
Also slated for next January is the U.S. premiere of McDonagh’s play Hangmen, which arrives Off-Broadway following a sold-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre and a subsequent transfer to the West End. Performances will run January 18–March 4, 2018 with direction by Matthew Dunster.
In the spring, Atlantic will stage the world premiere of This Ain’t No Disco. Set in New York City in 1979, the musical tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place among the chaos of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. Performances will run May 11–July 1, 2018 with direction by Cullman. The musical is set to receive a workshop during Vassar's Powerhouse season this summer.
Closing out the season will be Yee’s play, The Great Leap. The story follows a college basketball team’s journey from San Francisco in 1989, to Beijing at the height of its post-cultural revolution. Performances will run May 23–June 17, 2018. A director will be announced at a later date.