New York Theatre Workshop has announced its complete 2016-17 season. Joining the previously announced production of Othello, starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo, are Nathan Alan Davis’ Nat Turner in Jerusalem; Geoff Sobelle’s immersive theatrical installation The Object Lesson; and Mfoniso Udofia’s Sojourners and Her Portmanteau in repertory.
The season will kick off in the fall with Nat Turner in Jerusalem, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. Davis’ new play imagines Turner, who led a landmark slave uprising, during his final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, VA. Performance dates are yet to be announced.
The premiere will be followed by a limited engagement of actor and illusionist Sobelle’s immersive theatrical installation, The Object Lesson. According to NYTW press notes, the theatre will be turned into a giant storage facility where audiences will be free to roam and poke through the clutter. It is billed by the company as “a meditation on the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind.” Performances are scheduled for spring 2017.
Also slated for next spring will be a two-part theatrical staging of Udofia’s Sojourners and Her Portmanteau in repertory. Both plays are chapters of the playwright’s nine-part saga The Ufot Cycle, which chronicles the life of the tenacious matriarch of a Nigerian family.
Sam Gold will helm NYTW’s production of Othello in winter 2016.
2016-17 season membership packages are now on sale at nytw.org or by calling (212) 460-5475.