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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COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA
• The Transport Group/ The Gym at Judson
• First Preview: February 23, 2017
• Opening: March 26, 2017
• Playwright: William Inge
• Director: Jack Cummings III
• Cast: Hannah Elless, David Greenspan, Joseph Kolinski, Ginna Le Vine, Heather Mac Rae, David T. Patterson, Michele Pawk. Jennifer Piech, Krystal Rowley, Jay Russell, and Rowan Vickers

Marie, an attractive young boarder, gives new meaning to the lives of Doc and Lola Delaney, married for 20 years and grindingly unhappy. For Lola, Marie is the child she never had. Doc, who has been drinking away his frustrations, has less than paternal feelings.

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS
• Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: February 24, 2017
• Opening: March 27, 2017
• Playwright: John Leguizamo
• Director: Tony Taccone
• Cast: John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo schools his son—and the rest of us—on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas in this outrageously funny one-man show about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past. Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 90 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

CHURCH & STATE
• New World Stages/Stage V
• First Preview: March 3, 2017
• Opening: March 20, 2017
• Playwright: Jason Odell Williams
• Director: Markus Potter
• Cast: Rob Nagle, Nadia Bowers, Christa Scott-Reed, and Jonathan Louis Dent

Church & State is a fast-paced, seriously funny take on faith, politics, and “The Twitter.” It’s three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate reelection and he’s decided to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong?

GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
• Public Theater/Martinson Hall
• First Preview: March 14, 2017
• Opening: April 5, 2017
• Playwright: Martin Sherman
• Director: Sean Mathias
• Cast: Harey Fierstein, Gabriel Ebert, and Christopher Sears

Beau, a pianist expat living in London meets Rufus, an eccentric young lawyer, at the dawn of the internet dating revolution. After a life spent recovering from the disappointment and hurt of loving men in a world that refused to allow it, Beau is determined to keep his expectations low with Rufus. But Rufus comes from a new generation of gay men who believe happiness is as much their right as anyone else’s, and what Beau assumed would be just another fling grows into one of the most surprising and defining relationships of his life. A remarkably moving, brilliantly funny love story, Gently Down the Stream reflects the triumphs and heartbreaks of the entire length of the gay rights movement, celebrating and mourning the ghosts of the men and women who led the way for equality, marriage and the right to dream.

946: THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• First Preview: March 16, 2017
• Opening: March 20, 2017
• Playwright: Emma Rice and Michael Morpugo
• Director: Emma Rice
• Cast: Nandi Bhebhe, Seamas Carey, Emma Darlow, Ncuti Gatwa, Kyla Goodey, Chris Jared, Craig Johnson, Pat Moran, Katy Owen, Mike Shepherd, Adam Sopp, Akpore Uzoh

A tender new coming-of-age tale that uncovers the secrets behind World War II’s D-Day landings. In the idyllic seaside village of Slapton, the lives of Lily, her family, and her fiercely independent cat Adolphus Tips are barely touched by war…until American soldiers occupy their house and land. With swingin’ live music, enchanting puppetry, and signature stage sorcery, Emma Rice conjures a story of love, war, and prejudice that crosses borders both geographical and generational.

THE PROFANE
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: March 17, 2017
• Opening: April 9, 2017
• Playwright: Zayd Dohrn
• Director: Kip Fagan
• Cast: Tala Ashe, Francis Benhamou, Ramsey Faragallah, Ali Reza Farahnakian, Lanna Joffrey, Heather Raffo, and Babak Tafti

Safe in the liberal fortress of Manhattan, Raif Almedin is a first-generation immigrant who prides himself on his modern, enlightened views. But when his daughter falls for the son of a conservative Muslim family in White Plains, he discovers the threshold of his tolerance. In Zayd Dohrn’s sharp and timely tale, two families are forced to confront each other’s religious beliefs and cultural traditions, and to face their own deep-seated prejudice.

DANIEL'S HUSBAND
• Cherry Lane/ Primary Stages Production
• First Preview: March 22, 2017
• Opening: April 4, 2017
• Playwright: Michael McKeever
• Director: Joe Brancato
• Cast: Anna Holbrook, Lou Liberatore, Matthew Montelongo, Ryan Spahn, Leland Wheeler

Perfect house, perfect friends, even a mother who wants them to wed. What isn't perfect is that Daniel longs to be married and Michael does not. A turn of events forces both men to face the consequence of their opposing views, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren't always so fundamental.

THE HAIRY APE
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: March 25, 2017
• Opening: March 30
• Playwright: Eugene O'Neill
• Director: Richard Jones
• Cast: Bobby Canavale, David Costabile, Becky Ann Baker, and Catherine Combs

A coal shoveler strives to maintain his humanity while toiling in the bowels of an ocean liner.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
• Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: March 23, 2017
• Opening: April 4, 2017
• Book: Joe Tracz, Music: Rob Rokicki
• Director: Stephen Brackett
• Cast: Chris McCarrell, George Salazar, Jonathan Raviv, Jelani Alladin, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Kristin Stokes, and Carrie Compere

Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod.

VANITY FAIR
• Pearl Theatre
• First Preview: March 24, 2017
• Opening: April 2, 2017
• Playwright: Kate Hamill (adapted from the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray)
• Director: Eric Tucker
• Cast: Zack Fine, Kate Hamill, Brad Heberlee, Tom O’Keefe, Joey Parsons, Ryan Quinn, Debargo Sanyal

Adapted by Kate Hamill (Sense & Sensibility) from William Thackeray’s masterpiece, Vanity Fairexposes a society that cares more for good birth and good manners than for skill. But Becky Sharp, poor, plain, and devilishly clever, is determined to defy the odds through risky romantic entanglements, shady business practices, and social climbing at any cost; she won’t stop until the world lies at her feet.

THE ANTIPODES
Signature Theatre Company
• First Preview: April 4, 2017
• Opening: April 23, 2017
• Playwright: Annie Baker
• Director: Lila Neugebauer
• Cast: Josh Charles, Phillip James Brannon, Josh Charles, Josh Hamilton, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Danny McCarthy, Emily Cass McDonnell, Brian Miskell, Will Patton, and Nicole Rodenburg

A new play by Annie Baker.

SAMARA
• Soho Rep
• First Preview: April 4, 2017
• Opening: April 16, 2017
• Playwright: Richard Maxwell
• Director: Sarah Benson
• Cast: Becca Blackwell, Vinie Burrows, Steve Earle, Roy Faudree, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Paul Lazar

On the fringes of the frontier, a messenger embarks on an arduous journey to collect a debt from a man he’s never met. Friends set out to atone for a mistake that can’t be undone. Strangers look for a little bit of comfort wherever they can find it. A spiritual and visceral celebration about whatever it is we call home.

PACIFIC OVERTURES
• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: April 6, 2017
• Opening: TBA
• Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
• Book by John Weidnman
• Director: Lear deBessonet
• Cast: George Takei, Karl Josef Co, Marc delaCruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma

In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan on a U.S. mission to open trade relations at any cost. Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman‘s remarkable musical tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the westernization of the East.

REBEL IN THE SOUL
• Irish Repertory Company
• First Preview: April 12, 2017
• Opening: April 18, 2017
• Playwright: Larry Kirwin
• Director: Charlotte Moore
• Cast: Patrick Fitzgerald, Sean Gormley, John Keating , and Sarah Street

Dr. Noël Browne was elected to the Irish Parliament in the general election of 1948. Handsome, intense, arrogant, and unpredictable, he was only 33 years of age, with few political skills but a burning ambition to rid Ireland of the scourge of tuberculosis which had wiped out most of his family. Upon the introduction of his “Mother and Child Scheme”, a plan to provide free post-natal care to women and all children under the age of 16, he quickly found himself at odds with the “Man of Destiny”, party leader and ex-Irish Republican Army chief Seán McBride, and the ruthless, obsessive tactician, Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. John Charles McQuaid.

ERNEST SHAKELTON LOVES ME
• Tony Kiser Theatre
• First Preview: April 14, 2017
• Opening: May 7, 2017
• Music and Lyrics by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda
• Director: Lisa Peterson
• Cast: Wade Mccollum and Valerie Vigoda

A sleep-deprived single mom and video game music composer is contacted across time by the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey as they struggle toward and conquer new horizons in this cross-time love affair for the ages.

RHINOCEROS
• Pearl Theatre
• First Preview: April 17, 2017
• Opening: April 30, 2017
• 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.

VENUS
• Pershing Square Signature Theater Center - The Diamond
• First Preview: April 25, 2017
• Opening: May 15, 2017
• Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks
• Director: Lear deBessonet
• Cast: Hannah Cabell, John Ellison Conlee, Randy Danson, Adam Green, Birgit Huppuch, Zainab Jah, Kevin Mambo, Patrena Murray, Reynaldo Piniella, Julian Rozzell, and Tony Torn

Leaving her home in southern Africa for a better life, Saartjie Baartman became a star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit for the size of her posterior. This Obie Award-winning play gives vibrant life to the story of Baartman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus” and her eventual love affair with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a wild carnival, bursting with humor and heart while examining the paradox of love.

DERREN BROWN: SECRET
• Atlantic Theatre Company
• First Preview: April 21, 2017
• Opening: May 16, 2017
• Playwright: Andy Nyman, Derren Brown & Andrew O’Connor
• Director: Andrew O’Connor & Andy Nyman
• Cast: Derren Brown

Be part of the startling world of mind-reading, suggestion and psychological illusion at the hands of UK phenomenon, Derren Brown. This spellbinding theatrical experience challenges us – in the most jaw-dropping way – to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide our lives. In the UK, Derren Brown’s critically acclaimed shows have played sold out runs in the West End and been awarded two Olivier Awards.

THE COST OF LIVING
• Manhattan Theatre Club
• First Preview: April 26, 2017
• Opening: May 16th, 2017
• Playwright: Martyna Majok
• Director: Jo Bonney
• Cast: TBA

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.

CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?
• Vineyard Theatre Company
• First Preview: May 2017
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Gina Gionfriddo
• Director: Peter DuBois
• Cast: TBA

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?

SOJOURNERS / HER PORTMANTEAU
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: April 22, 2017
• Opening: May 16, 2017
• Playwright: Mfoniso Udofia
• Director: Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
• Cast: Chinasa Ogbuagu, Jenny Jules, Lakisha Michelle May, Hubert Point-Du Jour, and Chinaza Uche

In Sojourners, a young, pregnant Abasiama struggles within her arranged marriage and with a husband who is obsessed with 1970s American culture. Determined to complete her university degree, she weighs her dreams and obligations as she attempts to move forward. Decades later, the full impact of her decision comes to the surface when Abasiama’s family is reunited in Her Portmanteau. In the following play in The Ufot Cycle, Nigerian traditions clash with the realities of American life, and Abasiama and her daughters must confront complex familial legacies that span time, geography, language, and culture. Both plays are chapters of Mfoniso Udofia's nine-part saga The Ufot Cycle, which chronicles the life of the tenacious matriarch of a Nigerian family.

MARRY HARRY
• York Theatre Company/Theatre at St. Peter's
• First Preview: April 25, 2017
• Opening: May 4, 2017
• Music: Dan Martin and Michael Biello, Jennifer Robbins
• Director: Bill Castellino
• Cast: Ben Chavez, Morgan Cowling, Jesse Manocherian, Claire Saunders, Robin Skye, David Spadora, and Lenny Wolpe

A romantic comedy is set in New York’s East Village about two adults who need help cutting parental ties. A story of family loyalty, marriage, love, food, and finding your way in life.

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.

ARLINGTON
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• First Preview: May 3, 2017
• Opening: May 7, 2017
• Playwright: Enda Walsh
• Director: Jamie Vartan
• Cast: TBA

A waiting room, inside a tower: Isla waits for her number to be called. A young woman finally understands her fate. And a young man faces a stark decision. In a bleak and terrifying world that “echoes Orwell’s 1984” (The Guardian), Enda Walsh and the creative design team behind Misterman and The Last Hotel dare to imagine a strange and tender love story.

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, Maura Tierney, 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.

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: TBA

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!

JULIUS CAESAR
• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
• First Preview: TBD
• Opening: May 23, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Oskar Eustis
• Cast: TBA

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.

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.

ANIMAL
Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2
• First Preview: May 24, 2017
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Clare Lizzimore
• Director: Gaye Taylor Upchurch
• Cast: Rebecca Hall

Rachel has it all: marriage, house, career. So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls…? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.

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

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.

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, and Anatol Yusef

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

SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER
• Second Stage Theatre
• First Preview: Summer 2017
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Chisa Hutchinson
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

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.

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