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 HARD PROBLEM
• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: October 25, 2018
• Opening: November 19, 2018
• Playwright: Tom Stoppard
• Director: Jack O'Brien
• Cast: Eshan Bay, Adelaide Clemens, John Patrick Doherty, Nina Grollman, Katie Beth Hall, Eleanor Handley, Olivia Hebert, Sagar Kiran, Chris O’Shea, Madeleine Pace, Robert Petkoff, Tara Summers, Jon Tenney, Baylen Thomas, Kim N. Wong, and Karoline Xu

In Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, Hilary is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is "the hard problem" facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one.

THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI
• Classic Stage Company/Lynn F. Angelson Theater
• First Preview: October 30, 2018
• Opening: November 14, 2018
• Playwright: Bertolt Brecht
• Translator: George Tabori
• Director: John Doyle
• Cast: Raúl Esparza, George Abud, Eddie Cooper, Elizabeth A. Davis, Christopher Gurr, Omozé Idehenre, Mahira Kakkar, and Thom Sesma

In 1930s Chicago, mobster Arturo Ui will stop at nothing to control the cauliflower trade. Terror and bloodshed follow. Can anyone stop him? Brecht’s skewering of Adolf Hitler and totalitarianism is given renewed significance in a production directed by John Doyle. Written in 1941, the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble’s greatest box office successes.

WILD GOOSE DREAMS
• The Public Theater/Martinson Hall
• First Preview: October 30, 2018
• Opening: November 14, 2018
• Playwright: Hansol Jung
• Director: Leigh Silverman
• Cast: Dan Domingues, Lulu Fall, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Michelle Krusiec, Jaygee Macapugay, Joél Pérez, Jamar Williams, and Katrina Yaukey

Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible?

A CHORUS LINE
• New York City Center
• Opening: November 14, 2018
• Music: Marvin Hamlisch
• Lyrics: Edward Kleban
• Book: James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
• Directors: Bob Avian and Baayork Lee
• Cast: Jay Armstrong Johnson, Kate Bailey, Callan Bergmann, Natalie Bourgeois, Tommy Bracco, Wesley Ian Cappiello, Max Clayton, Aaron Patrick Craven, Sara Esty, Emily Franch, David Grindrod, Eddie Gutierrez, Robyn Hurder, Jolina Javier, Tara Kostmayer, Denis Lambert, J. Elaine Marcos, Melanie Moore, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Joseph J. Simeone, Ahmad Simmons, Ryan Steele, Naomi C. Walley, Anthony Wayne, Tony Yazbeck, and Leigh Zimmerman

A Chorus Line, the 2018 New York City Center Annual Gala Presentation, is a joyous celebration of dance and musical theater—two art forms that City Center has been bringing to New York audiences for 75 years. In 1975, the stories of seventeen Broadway dancers were brought to life when A Chorus Line opened Off-Broadway. The musical was born of workshop sessions with actual Broadway dancers (eight of whom appeared in the original cast) who laid bare their personal stories and the challenges they faced in pursuit of their dreams.

THE DEAD, 1904
• The American Irish Historical Society
• First Preview: November 17, 2018
• Opening: November 29, 2018
• Playwright: Paul Muldoon
• Director: Ciarán O’Reilly
• Cast: Melissa Gilbert, Kimberly Doreen Burns, Ciaran Byrne, Peter Cormican, Rufus Collins, Terry Donnelly, Meg Hennessy, Patricia Kilgarriff, Robert Mack, Heather Martin Bixler, Aedin Moloney, and Patti Perkins

This exquisite recreation of James Joyce’s haunting story was the most sought-after theatrical event of New York’s 2016 and 2017 holiday seasons. We relish the opportunity to welcome you again, or for the first time.

FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: November 19, 2018
• Opening: December 10, 2018
• Playwright: Lynn Nottage
• Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
• Cast: Mayaa Boateng, Cherise Boothe, Marcus Callender, J. Bernard Calloway, Dashiell Eaves, Ian Lassiter, Nikiya Mathis, and Heather Alicia Simms

This satirical tale, set in present-day New York City, follows successful African-American publicist Undine as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. Broke and now pregnant, Undine is forced to return to her childhood home in the Brooklyn projects, where she must face the challenges of the life she left behind.

SLAVE PLAY
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: November 19, 2018
• Opening: December 9, 2018
• Playwright: Jeremy O. Harris
• Director: Robert O'Hara
• Cast: Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Paul Alexander Nolan, and Teyonah Parris

The old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.

CLUELESS, THE MUSICAL
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
• First Preview: November 20, 2018
• Opening: December 11, 2018
• Book: Amy Heckerling
• Director: Kristin Hanggi
• Choreographer: Kelly Devine
• Cast: Ephie Aardema, Lori Alan, Sara Andreas, Gilbert L. Bailey II, Dove Cameron, Will Connolly, Danielle Marie Gonzalez, Tessa Grady, Talya Groves, Chris Hoch, L'ogan J'ones, Darius Jordan Lee, Justin Mortelliti, Brett Thiele, Dave Thomas Brown, and Zurin Villanueva

Amy Heckerling takes us back to 90s Beverly Hills with this musical version of her beloved film "Clueless", a modern spin on Jane Austen’s Emma. With her singular voice, she gives us a score that reimagines 90s hits into ingenious parodies and yearning monologues for her lovesick characters.

THE PRISONER
• Theatre for a New Audience/Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• First Preview: November 24, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwrights and Directors: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
• Cast: Hiran Abeysekera, Hayley Carmichael, Hervé Goffings, Omar Silva, and Kalieaswari Srinivasan

The Prisoner examines the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion in a breathtaking new international production. A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and what is he doing there? Is he free, or is he the prisoner?

NOURA
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: November 27, 2018
• Opening: December 10, 2018
• Playwright: Heather Raffo
• Director: Joanna Settle
• Cast: Dahlia Azama, Liam Campora, Matthew David, Nabil Elouahabi, and Heather Raffo

Noura and her husband have a successful life in New York, and, eight years after having fled their home in Iraq, they’ve finally gained citizen status—which Noura, as an Iraqi Christian, is celebrating by planning the perfect Christmas dinner. But when the arrival of a visitor stirs up long-buried memories, Noura and her husband are forced to confront the cost of their choices, and retrace the past they left behind.

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: November 28, 2018
• Opening: December 3, 2018
• Playwright: Dylan Thomas
• Director: Charlotte Moore
• Cast: Nicholas Barasch, Dewey Caddell, Margaret Dudasik, Polly McKie, Naomi Louisa O’Connell, and Ashley Robinson

This holiday season, experience a joyous musical celebration of Dylan Thomas’ iconic story, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, the “never to be forgotten day at the end of the unremembered year,” when songs are sung, cakes and sweets are abundant, and the frozen city parks are laden with mysteries and adventures for wild boys and girls to explore. This favorite Irish Rep tradition features both classic and contemporary Christmas music interwoven with Thomas’s story of a snowy Christmas Day in Wales.

CHRISTMAS IN HELL
• York Theatre at Saint Peter's
• First Preview: December 4, 2018
• Opening: December 9, 2018
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Gary Apple
• Director: Bill Castellino
• Cast: TBD

Looking for a sweet, wholesome holiday musical? Well, this ain’t it! On Christmas Eve, little 6-year-old Davin is mistakenly taken down to Hell. When he returns, not only has he missed Christmas, but he is devilishly changed. To set things right, his father embarks on a bizarre odyssey that eventually leads him down to Hell itself where he makes a wager with Lucifer he can’t possibly win.

THE JUNGLE
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• First Preview: December 4, 2018
• Opening: December 9, 2018
• Playwrights: Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson
• Directors: Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin
• Cast: TBD

Okot wants nothing more than to get to the UK. Beth wants nothing more than to help him. Meet the hopeful, resilient residents of the Jungle – a sprawling refugee camp in Northern France. Take a seat inside the bustling Afghan Café and experience how, with minimal resources in a cold, muddy and scary environment, refugees and committed volunteers built a warm, self-governing, diverse society from nothing.

NASSIM
• New York City Center - Stage II
• First Preview: December 6, 2018
• Opening: December 10, 2018
• Playwright: Nassim Soleimanpour
• Director: Omar Elerian
• Cast: A different guest actor at every performance

In his latest work, Nassim Soleimanpour explores the power of language to unite us in these uncertain times. No rehearsals. A different guest actor at every performance. A sealed envelope. Oh, and some surprises.

BLUE RIDGE
• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: December 12, 2018
• Opening: January 7, 2019
• Playwright: Abby Rosebrock
• Director: Taibi Magar
• Cast: Kyle Beltran, Marin Ireland, Nicole Lewis, Kristolyn Lloyd, and Chris Stack

A progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone's recovery but her own. Set in Southern Appalachia, Blue Ridge is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising and healing.

ABOUT ALICE
• Theatre for a New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: January 8, 2019
• Playwright: Calvin Trillin
• Director: Leonard Foglia
• Cast: TBD

About Alice, a two-character play by Calvin Trillin, is inspired by the author’s 2007 memoir of the same title—a love letter to his wife Alice, who died in 2001 at the age of 63 due to complications from cancer. About Alice incorporates some of the actual words of Alice and Calvin Trillin, but the play goes beyond literal representation and expresses a universal story about a remarkable marriage and a woman who is a muse, mother, wife, and part of the second wave of feminism.

EDDIE AND DAVE
• Atlantic Theater Company/Stage 2
• First Preview: January 10, 2019
• Opening: January 22, 2019
• Playwright: Amy Staats
• Director: Margot Bordelon
• Cast: Vanessa Aspillaga, Megan Hill, Omer Abbas Salem, Amy Staats, and Adina Verson

A raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most groundbreaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ. Eddie and Dave is a gender-bending play about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.

AWAKE
• The Barrow Group Mainstage
• First Preview: January 12, 2019
• Opening: January 21, 2019
• Playwright and Director: K. Lorrel Manning
• Cast: TBD

Diverse in content, character and casting, Awake shines an entertaining light on many of society’s most contentious subjects, sparking much-needed conversations. This collection of topical, punchy vignettes invites you to examine your deepest fears and prejudices and shift your focus from yourself to the world around you.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: January 12, 2019
• Opening: February 19, 2019
• Book: George Furth
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Director: Noah Brody
• Choreographer: Lorin Latarro
• Cast: Jessie Austrian, Brittany Bradford, Paul L. Coffey, Manu Narayan, Ben Steinfeld, and Emily Young

Following its triumphant Into the Woods, Roundabout’s company in residence, Fiasco Theater, reimagines its next Stephen Sondheim creation. With Fiasco’s one-of-a-kind imagination, this audacious musical about a trio of showbiz friends who fall apart and come together over 20 years emerges as newly personal and passionate.

MIES JULIE
• Classic Stage Company/Lynn F. Angelson Theater
• First Preview: January 15, 2019
• Opening: February 10, 2019
• Playwright: Yaël Farber
• Adapted from August Strindberg's Miss Julie
• Director: Shariffa Ali
• Cast: TBD

Farber’s fierce adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie resets the classic play to a farmhouse in the Karoo of South Africa on the evening of the annual Freedom Day celebration. When the white Afrikaans landowner’s daughter, Julie, falls for her father’s charismatic Xhosa farm laborer, John, their erotic evening together erupts into a brutal battle fueled by gender, race, power, and ancestral domain.

THE DANCE OF DEATH
• Classic Stage Company/Lynn F. Angelson Theater
• First Preview: January 16, 2019
• Opening: February 10, 2019
• Playwright: August Strindberg
• Director: Victoria Clark
• Cast: TBD

Retired military man Edgar and his wife Alice have given up on any semblance of civility toward each other on the threshold of their 25th wedding anniversary. Due to their isolation, however, they are as codependent as they are hateful. Seething with cruelty, and punctuated by absurdity and humor, Strindberg’s electrifying play was ages ahead of its time in its bleak examination of marriage and the social institutions governing it.

CARMELINA
• York Theatre @ Saint Peter's
• Opening: January 26, 2019
• Book: Joseph Stein and Alan Jay Lerner
• Music: Burton Lane
• Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

In a picturesque Italian village, Carmelina has raised her teenage daughter to believe her father was an American who died heroically in World War II—all the while collecting child support checks from three American soldiers, each of whom thinks he is the girl’s father. Complications arise when all three soldiers show up at the same time for a reunion.

FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME
• Greenwich House Theater
• First Preview: January 30, 2019
• Opening: February 12, 2019
• Director: Thomas Kail
• Cast: Anthony Veneziale (aka TWO TOUCH), Chris Sullivan {aka SHOCKWAVE), Utkarsh Ambudkar (aka UTK THE INC), Bill Sherman (aka KING SHERMAN), Arthur Lewis (aka ARTHUR THE GENIUSES), and Andrew Bancroft {aka JELLY DONUT)

A stage show like no other...Performers take the crowd on a non-stop, hiphop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers. No two shows will ever be the same.

SUPERHERO
• Second Stage Theatre/Tony Kiser Theatre
• First Preview: January 31, 2019
• Opening: February 28, 2019
• Book: John Logan
• Music and Lyrics: Tom Kitt
• Director: Jason Moore
• Cast: Julia Abueva, Kate Baldwin, Jake Levy, Kyle McArthur, Bryce Pinkham, Salena Qureshi, Thom Sesma, and Nathaniel Stampley

Before we can save the world, we have to save each other. From the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal and the Tony Award-winning writer of Red comes a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day.

DANCE A LITTLE CLOSER
• York Theatre @ Saint Peter's
• Opening: February 9, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
• Music: Charles Strouse
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

On a New Year's Eve "in the avoidable future," the guests at the grand Alpine Barclay Palace Hotel find themselves in the midst of a potential nuclear Armageddon. Against this background, a washed-up lounge singer romances a phony English aristocrat.

LOLITA, MY LOVE
• York Theatre @ Saint Peter's
• Opening: February 23, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
• Music: John Barry
• Adaptation: Erik Haagensen
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

Lolita, My Love closely follows Vladimir Nabokov's legendary novel: a college professor named Humbert Humbert becomes fascinated by and starts to seduce his landlady's young daughter, Dolores "Lolita" Haze. The fascination quickly turns into obsession, and soon a whirlwind race across the US begins.

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