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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THE LUCKY ONE
• Mint Theatre Company/Beckett Theatre @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: April 14, 2017
• Opening: May 18, 2017
• Playwright: A. A. Milne
• Director: Jesse Marchese
• Cast: Paton Ashbrook, Ari Brand, Andrew Fallaize, Michael Frederic, Robert David Grant, Wynn Harmon, Cynthia Harris, Deanne Lorette, Peggy J. Scott, and Mia Hutchinson-Shaw

The Lucky One follows the rivalry between brothers Gerald and Bob. When one finds himself in serious legal trouble and the other fails to come to his rescue, years of resentment come to the surface, resulting in a long overdue confrontation.

THE WHIRLIGIG
• The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Theatre
• First Preview: May 2, 2017
• Opening: May 21, 2017
• Playwright: Hamish Linklater
• Director: Scott Elliott
• Cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Zosia Mamet, Dolly Wells, Noah Bean, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Jonny Orsini, and Grace Van Patten

When, after much time away, Kristina is back in Berkshire County, word spreads fast that she and her ex-husband are caring for their estranged, ailing daughter Julie. Broken-hearted and giddy with love and confusion, surprising visitors from Julie's complicated past, including her childhood best friend Trish and her former drug dealer, practically trip over each other to reach the young woman they thought they'd lost years before but still feel so deeply connected to. Heartfelt and compassionate, Hamish Linklater's The Whirligig spins a tale of a fractured community weaving a circuitous route back to one another.

BUILDING THE WALL
• New World Stages
• First Preview: May 12, 2017
• Opening: May 21, 2017
• Playwright: Robert Schenkkan
• Director: Ari Adelson
• Cast: James Badge Dale and Tamara Tunie

It’s the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. Now, a writer interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting, harrowing and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.

CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?
• Vineyard Theatre Company
• First Preview: May 4, 2017
• Opening: May 23, 2017
• Playwright: Gina Gionfriddo
• Director: Peter DuBois
• Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Ella Dershowitz, Darren Pettie, Frank Wood

Ms. Gionfriddo’s play is set on Halloween and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She’s drowning in debt, may be falling for her sugar daddy, and is on the run from her date who has threatened to kill her. When she meets Graham and Tanya, a door opens, for all of them… but is what’s beyond a treat or a trick?

THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR
• Abingdon Theatre Company
• First Preview: May 15, 2017
• Opening: May 25, 2017
• Music: Tim Rosser
• Book and Lyrics: Charlie Sohne
• Director: Tony Speciale
• Cast: Troy Iwata, Jonathan Raviv, Osh Ghanimah, Deven Kolluri, and Nikhil Saboo

A modern-day love story set in rural Afghanistan. Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives as dancers in the world of bacha bazi, where wealthy men take in boys from poor families, train them to dance at parties, and often abuse them. The two boys’ chance meeting changes the course of their lives and sets them on a journey to find their independence in this musical fable about love, tradition, morality and the strength of the human spirit.

HAMLET
• Sheen Center
• First Preview: May 10, 2017
• Opening: May 21, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Tom Ridgely
• Cast: Arian Moayed, Sherie Rene Scott, and Micah Stock

This world premiere production of the classic play is presented in English and Farsi. Hamlet, a Danish prince, discovers that his uncle Claudius murdered his father and took the throne; Hamlet's mother has married the usurper. If life is so fleeting, and people can do such things, Hamlet wonders, why are we born at all? Shakespeare's play is often cited as the greatest in the English language.

JULIUS CAESAR
• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
• First Preview: May 23, 2017
• Opening: June 12, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Oskar Eustis
• Cast: Tina Benko, Teagle F. Bougere, Eisa Davis, Robert Gilbert, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Gregg Henry, Edward James Hyland, Nikki M. James, Christopher Livingston, Elizabeth Marvel, Chris Myers, Corey Stoll, John Douglas Thompson, and Natalie Woolams-Torres

In William Shakespeare's tragedy of political ambition, corruption and betrayal, Roman senators Brutus and Cassius lead a group effort to assassinate the powerful Julius Caesar, then battle with Mark Antony over control of the state.

BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: May 19, 2017
• Opening: May 31, 2017
• Playwright: Kirsten Childs
• Director: Robert O'Hara
• Cast: Marinda Anderson, Yurel Echezarreta, Brandon Gill, Olli Haaskivi, Ashley D. Kelley, Kevin Massey, Jo’nathan Michael, Kenita R. Miller, Paolo Montalban, Gabrielle Reyes, Britton Smith and Natasha Yvette Williams

All aboard for a Western musical adventure the likes of which you’ve never experienced. As a wanted woman of mythic proportions looks to begin life anew out west, Bella takes us on the trip of a lifetime to escape her scandalous past and bounce into the arms of her awaiting Buffalo Soldier. Rowdy, wild, and hilarious, Kirsten Childs (Bubbly Black Girl…) infuses this tall tale with soulful tunes and madcap antics aplenty. Giddy-up to our get-down!

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
• Red Bull Theatre @ the Duke on 42nd Street
• First Preview: May 16, 2017
• Opening: June 1, 2017
• Playwright: Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
• Director: Jesse Berger
• Cast: Michael Uri, Arnie Burton, Bruce Dow, Ryan Garbayo, Stephen DeRosa, Kelly Hutchinson, David Manis, Michael McGrath, Ben Mehl, Talene Monahon, Luis Moreno, James Rana, Mary Lou Rosato, Mary Testa

A well-dressed wanderer comes upon a small Russian town, where he is mistaken for a government inspector. He is able to swindle the town residents and politicians who want him to keep their own corruption quiet, in Nikolai Gogol's 1836 play.

THE END OF LONGING
• MCC Theater
• First Preview: May 18, 2017
• Opening: June 5, 2017
• Playwright: Matthew Perry
• Director: Lindsay Posner
• Cast: Matthew Perry, Jennifer Morrison, Quincy Dunn-Baker, and Sue Jean Kim

Meet Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie: four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.

THE COST OF LIVING
• Manhattan Theatre Club
• First Preview: May 16, 2017
• Opening: June 6, 2017
• Playwright: Martyna Majok
• Director: Jo Bonney
• Cast: Jolly Abraham, Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan, and Victor Williams

The Cost of Living is the story of four very different people, in four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires over-worked Jess, a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Majok’s play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies — abled and disabled — meet each other.

ANIMAL
Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2
• First Preview: May 24, 2017
• Opening: June 6, 2017
• Playwright: Clare Lizzimore
• Director: Gaye Taylor Upchurch
• Cast: Rebecca Hall, Kristin Griffith, Greg Keller, David Pegram, Morgan Spector, and Fina Strazza

Rachel has it all: marriage, a house, and her career. Until she suddenly has a creeping feeling, and then the visions begin. Animal is about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.

SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER
• Second Stage Theatre
• First Preview: May 23, 2017
• Opening: June 6, 2017
• Playwright: Chisa Hutchinson
• Director: May Adrales
• Cast: Vanessa Kai, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Michelle Heera Kim, Rodney Richardson, David Shih, and Jenna Yi

Alex, a 15-year-old Asian-American girl, is desperate for her mother’s attention—except her mother wishes she were a boy. She finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her guidance counselor who knows what Alex is going through from personal experience. As three generations of women find their identity in question, each needs to decide who makes the rules and what happens when you break them.

GHOST LIGHT
• LCT3/The Claire Tow Theater
• First Preview: June 3, 2017
• Opening: June 19, 2017
• Playwright: Concept: Zach Morris, Jennine Willett
• Director: Zach Morris
• Cast: Rebecca Hall

LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater will be transformed by Third Rail Projects for the immersive theatre company’s show Ghost Light. The site-specific show will pay tribute to the magic of theatre by inviting audiences to discover unseen corners of the Claire Tow space in a series of real and dreamlike landscapes. Ghost Light is a benevolent haunting that reflects on the smoke and mirrors, superstitions, and stage magic that conjure the mystique of the theatre.

FULFILLMENT CENTER
• Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage II
• First Preview: June 6, 2017
• Opening: June 20, 2017
• Playwright: Abe Koogler
• Directed by Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Deirdre O’Connell, Bobby Moreno, Deirdre O'Connell, and Frederick Weller

In the New Mexico desert, a down-on-her-luck folk singer takes a job at a giant online retailer's shipping center. Her young manager struggles to connect with his girlfriend newly relocated from New York. And a drifter living at a local campground dangerously links them all.

THE TRAVELING LADY
• The Cherry Lane Theatre
• First Preview: June 7, 2017
• Opening: June 22, 2017
• Playwright: Horton Foote
• Directed by Austin Pendleton
• Cast: Karen Ziemba, Larry Bull, Lynn Cohen, Angelina Fiordellisi, Jean Lichty, George Morfogen, Ron Piretti, PJ Sosko, Jill Tanner

Georgette Thomas has spent the past six years waiting obediently for her husband to be released from prison. As his release date draws near, Georgette must travel to the small Texas town where he is being held – a journey that will force her to come to terms with her own expectations of love and loyalty.

NAPOLI, BROOKLYN
• Roundabout/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: June 9, 2017
• Opening: June 27, 2017
• Playwright: Meghan Kennedy
• Directed by Gordon Edelstein
• Cast: Shirine Babb, Alyssa Bresnahan, Juliet Brett, Jordyn DiNatale, Lilli Kay, Elise Kibler, Erik Lochtefeld and Michael Rispoli

1960, Brooklyn. The women of the Muscolino family are desperate to find a life beyond their four walls, hiding dreams, loves, and longings. Francesca, the youngest, yearns for her true love; Tina, confidence and friendship; and Vita, the chance to live the kind of life she pleases. Their mother Luda nurses her own quiet pains. Yet, in the quest for happiness, each of these women fight to find their voices. They struggle to hold on to them, and to each other. Napoli, Brooklyn is a poetic and beautiful play about sisterhood, freedom, and forgiveness.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE
• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: June 17, 2017
• Opening: June 26, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Directed by Simon Godwin
• Cast: Jonathan Cake, Cara Ricketts, and Thomas Jay Ryan

A postulant learns that her brother is to be executed for getting his fiancée pregnant. She pleads for his life with the moralistic deputy governing for the absent duke, but is forced to yield her virginity unless she can find a way to outsmart him, in William Shakespeare's study of political and sexual hypocrisy.

HAMLET
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theatre
• First Preview: June 20, 2017
• Opening: July 13, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Directed by Sam Gold
• Cast: Oscar Isaac, Roberta Colindrez, Peter Friedman, Keegan-Michael Key, Gayle Rankin, Matthew Saldívar, Anatol Yusef, Ritchie Coster, and Charlayne Woodard

Hamlet, a Danish prince, discovers that his uncle Claudius murdered his father and took the throne; Hamlet's mother has married the usurper. Shakespeare's tragedy of betrayal and revenge is considered among the greatest plays in the English language.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theatre
• First Preview: TBD
• Opening: July 11, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Directed by Lear deBessonet
• Cast: TBA

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: Summer 2017
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Bruce Norris
• Director: Michael Greif
• Cast: TBA

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: 2017-18 Season
• 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.

RHINOCEROS
• Pearl Theatre
• First Preview: TBD
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Eugene Ionesco
• Director: Hal Brooks
• Cast: TBA

When friends and countrymen transform one by one into green-skinned snorting rhinos, a thoroughly modern couch potato anti-hero becomes humanity's last hope.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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