Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

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Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.
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DAN CODY'S YACHT
• Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage I
• First Preview: May 15, 2018
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Anthony Giardina
• Director: Doug Hughes
• Cast: Kristen Bush, Meredith Forlenza, Laura Kai Chen, Rick Holmes, Roxanna Hope Radja, John Kroft, Jordan Lage, and Casey Whyland

In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up the question: what truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable?

THE GREAT LEAP
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Stage 2
• First Preview: May 23, 2018
• Opening: June 4, 2018
• Playwright: Lauren Yee
• Director: Taibi Magar
• Cast: Ali Ahn, Ned Eisenberg, Tony Aidan Vo, and BD Wong

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.

FAIRVIEW
• Soho Rep
• First Preview: May 29, 2018
• Opening: June 12, 2018
• Playwright: Jackie Sibblies Drury
• Directed by Sarah Benson
• Cast: MaYaa Boateng, Hannah Cabell, Natalia Payne, Jed Resnick, Luke Robertson, Roslyn Ruff, Heather Alicia Simms, and Lance Coadie Williams

The Frasier family hasn’t been the same since Braden died, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. But the silverware’s wrong, the radio’s on the fritz, Keisha is late, Jasmine is drinking, Dayton isn’t helping, and Mama won’t come downstairs.

OTHELLO
• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
• First Preview: May 29, 2018
• Opening: June 18, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
• Cast: Kevin Rico Angulo, Christopher Cassarino, Peter Jay Fernandez, Motell Foster, Andrew Hovelson, Chukwudi Iwuji, David Kenner, Heather Lind, Tim Nicolai, Flor De Liz Perez, Miguel Perez, Lily Santiago, Thomas Schall, Caroline Siewert, Corey Stoll. Babak Tafti, Allen Tedder, Peter Van Wagner, and Alison Wright

Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Othello.

DESPERATE MEASURES
• New World Stages/Stage IV
• First Preview: May 30, 2018
• Opening: June 13, 2018
• Music: David Friedman
• Book and Lyrics: Peter Kellogg
• Director and Choreographer: Bill Castellino
• Cast: Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Gary Marachek, Peter Saide, Nick Wyman, and Sarah Parnicky

When the dangerously handsome Johnny Blood’s life is on the line, he must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters including a mysterious sheriff, an eccentric priest, a sleazy governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Together, they face uncharted territory as laws are broken and hearts are won. Before the sun sets, will they be able to rise up and pull off the greatest act yet, or will Johnny be left hanging?

SKINTIGHT
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: May 31, 2018
• Opening: June 21, 2018
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Directed by Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Idina Menzel, Will Brittain, Stephen Carrasco, Eli Gelb, Cynthia Mace, and Jack Wetherall

Reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who’s 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi’s son. Who’s also 20. And definitely gay.

LOG CABIN
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: June 1, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Playwright: Jordan Harrison
• Director: Pam McKinnon
• Cast: Phillip James Brannon, Cindy Cheung, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ian Harvie, Talene Monahon, and Dolly Wells

It’s a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it’s 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – see themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it’s clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Jordan Harrison’s pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you’d least expect.

CYPRUS AVENUE
• The Public Theater/LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: June 2, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Playwright: David Ireland
• Director: Vicky Featherstone
• Cast: Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo, Chris Corrigan, Andrea Irvine, Amy Molloy, and Stephen Rea

Eric Miller is a Belfast Unionist. He is exclusively and non-negotiably British. But nowadays he is worried he might be Irish. When Eric sees a likeness between his new-born granddaughter and the Irish republican leader, Gerry Adams, his sanity starts to unravel. Determined to defend his family and his heritage, Eric’s lifetime of ingrained prejudice and unsettled identity push him to the edge.

PASS OVER
• Lincoln Center Theater/Claire Tow Theater
• First Preview: June 2, 2018
• Opening: June 18, 2018
• Playwright: Antoinette Nwandu
• Directed by Danya Taymor
• Cast: Gabriel Ebert, Jon Michael Hill, and Namir Smallwood

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner - talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. A provocative mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus myth, Pass Over exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find.

THIS IS MODERN ART
• New York Theatre Workshop/Fourth Street Theatre
• First Preview: June 2, 2018
• Opening: June 3, 2018
• Playwright: Idris Goodwin & Kevin Coval
• Directed by Jessica Burr
• Cast: TBD

A team of artists who were never greeted inside the hallowed halls of the Art Institute of Chicago, decide to introduce themselves. They paint a fifty-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the New Modern Wing, asking us to reconsider what art is and where it belongs while bringing dire consequences on themselves. They are marginalized young men of color willing to risk everything to make their voices heard and prove that another paradigm is possible.

SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS
• Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage I
• First Preview: June 5, 2018
• Opening: June 19, 2018
• Playwright: Donja R. Love
• Director: Saheem Ali
• Cast: Stephanie Berry, Sheldon Best, Fern Cozine, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, and Chinaza Uche

On a plantation during the Civil War, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom, as the battle rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take the man in. Soon, an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. But is love powerful enough to set your true self free?

LOVE AND INTRIGUE
• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Friedrich Schiller
• Director: Lev Dodin
• Cast: Danila Kozlovsky, Ksenia Rappoport and Elizaveta Boyarskaya

Two young lovers meet their fate in German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller’s tragedy of class warfare and courtly intrigue, which remains as prescient today as when it was first performed in 1787. Russia’s Maly Drama Theatre, led by the incomparable Lev Dodin, stages this biting indictment of despotism and immorality among the ruling classes with signature immediacy, breathing vital new life into a lesser-known classic.

CARMEN JONES
• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: June 8, 2018
• Opening: June 27, 2018
• Music: Georges Bizet
• Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
• Director: John Doyle
• Cast: Anika Noni Rose, David Aron Damane, Erica Dorfler, Clifton Duncan, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Justin Keyes, Lindsay Roberts, Soara-Joye Ross, Lawrence E. Street, and Tramell Tillman

As the Second World War rages, parachute maker Carmen Jones wages her own quarrel involving an airman and a boxer. Using the score from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, this adaptation by Oscar Hammerstein II resets the story with an all African-American cast, and is the first major New York revival since its debut on Broadway 75 years ago.

GIRLS & BOYS
• Minetta Lane Theatre
• First Preview: June 12, 2018
• Opening: June 20, 2018
• Playwright: Dennis Kelly
• Director: Lyndsey Turner
• Cast: Carey Mulligan

An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids – theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn.

LONESOME BLUES
• York Theatre @ Saint Peter's
• First Preview: June 12, 2018
• Opening: June 19, 2018
• Book: Alan Govenar and Akin Babatundé
• Director: Katherine Owens
• Cast: Akin Babatundé with David Weiss on guitar

Lonesome Blues is the true story of the legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson: born blind, but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music. Discovered on a street corner in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas, Texas in 1925, Jefferson made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming one the most prolific and influential performers of his generation and propelling the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop.

TEENAGE DICK
• The Public Theater/Shiva Theater
• First Preview: June 12, 2018
• Opening: June 20, 2018
• Playwright: Mick Lew
• Director: Moritz von Stuelpnagel
• Cast: Marinda Anderson, Shannon DeVido, Sasha Diamond, Nick Dillenberg, Gregg Mozgala, and Tiffany Villarin

A brilliantly hilarious take on Richard III, Teenage Dick reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER
• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: June 15, 2018
• Opening: June 28, 2018
• Music: Burton Lane
• Book and Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner
• Director: Charlotte Moore
• Cast: Florrie Bagel, William Bellamy, Stephen Bogardus, Rachel Coloff, Peyton Crim, John Cudia, Melissa Errico, Caitlin Gallogly, Matt Gibson, Daisy Hobbs, and Craig Waletzko

Daisy Gamble is a woman of extrasensory talents – she sings and flowers bloom, and she always knows where you’ve placed your keys – but it’s her smoking habit that leads her to Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist who will attempt to hypnotize her addiction away. In Daisy, Dr. Bruckner discovers the case – and perhaps the love – of his life as he unlocks Daisy’s past self, an 18th century British aristocrat named Melinda Welles. Mark becomes increasingly enamored of Melinda as he watches her relive her great love affair with Edward Moncrief. All is going well until Mark decides to publish his findings, and Daisy realizes she’s been unwittingly along for the ride!

TWELFTH NIGHT
• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
• First Preview: June 17, 2018
• Opening: July 31, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Concept: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
• Music and Lyrics: Shaina Taub
• Director: Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Cast: Nikki M. James, Andrew Kober, Jacob Ming-Trent, Shaina Taub

In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, Twelfth Night returns to Central Park to build upon its original Labor Day production in an all-new staging for a full five-week run. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

FIRE IN DREAMLAND
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: June 19, 2018
• Opening: July 16, 2018
• Playwright: Rinne Groff
• Director: Marissa Wolf
• Cast: Kyle Beltran, Enver Gjokaj, and Rebecca Naomi Jones

On Coney Island, in the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, a disillusioned do-gooder named Kate meets Jaap Hooft, a charismatic European film-maker who sees in the devastation wrought by the storm an opportunity to make a work of art about another disaster that struck Coney Island some hundred years before: the 1911 fire that started in the amusement park known as Dreamland, burning it to ashes from which it never arose. As Kate throws herself into the vortex of Jaap’s visionary schemes, she finds beauty, pain and betrayal, and eventually herself.

MARY PAGE MARLOWE
• Second Stage Theatre
• First Preview: June 19, 2018
• Opening: July 12, 2018
• Playwright: Tracy Letts
• Directed by Lila Neugebauer
• Cast: David Aaron Baker, Blair Brown, Kayli Carter, Audrey Corsa, Marcia DeBonis, Nick Dillenburg, Ryan Foust, Tess Frazer, Emma Geer, Grace Gummer, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Brian Kerwin, Tatiana Maslany, Kellie Overbey, Susan Pourfar, Maria Elena Ramirez, Elliot Villar, and Gary Wilmes

If you looked back on eleven moments from your life, would you recognize yourself, or would you see a stranger? Mary Page Marlowe is a seemingly ordinary accountant from Ohio who has experienced pain and joy, success and failure.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
• New York City Center
• First Preview: June 27, 2018
• Opening: June 28, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
• Director: Kate Whorisky
• Choreographer: Rennie Harris
• Cast: Shoshana Bean, Mykal Kilgore, and Solea Pfeiffer

The first musical from three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, Songs for a New World is a collection of powerful songs examining life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, each character faces the new world which follows the unique challenge they encounter.

THIS AIN’T NO DISCO
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: June 29, 2018
• Opening: July 24, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz
• Book: Rick Elice
• Director: Darko Tresnjak
• Cast: Krystina Alabado, Will Connolly, Eddie Cooper, Tony D'Alelio, Lulu Fall, Hannah Florence, Antwayn Hopper, Chilina Kennedy, Peter LaPrade, John-Michael Lyles, Krystal Mackie, Trevor McQueen, Nicole Medoro, Ian Paget, Theo Stockman, Samantha Marie Ware, and Antonio Watson

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.

BORDERS
• New York Theatre Workshop/Fourth Street Theatre
• First Preview: June 30, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Henry Naylor
• Directed by Michael Cabot
• Cast: Graham O'Mara and Avita Lvova

Inspired by encounters with refugees, Borders is an urgent, moving and occasionally hilarious commentary on one of the great crises of our time. Through two alternating monologues, Borders tells the stories of a British press photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist, whose paths cross in tragic circumstances.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
• Museum of Jewish Heritage
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: July 15, 2018
• Music: Jerry Bock
• Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
• Book: Joseph Stein
• Director: Joel Grey
• Cast: Steven Skybell, Jill Abramovitz, Jackie Hoffman, Kirk Geritano, Samantha Hahn, Cameron Johnson, Daniel Kahn, Ben Liebert, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Jodi Snyder, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood, Michael Yashinsky, and Rachel Zatcoff

Experience Fiddler on the Roof in a new way – in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family! Directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey and presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the rich Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman, z”l, adds new depth and dimension to the most well-known Jewish musical in the world. Don’t miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle with the sounds of mame-loshn in the U.S. premiere of Fiddler in Yiddish.

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
• Stage 42
• First Preview: July 6, 2018
• Opening: July 22, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
• Director and Choreographer: Joshua Bergasse
• Cast: Dwayne Cooper, Emma Degerstedt, John Edwards, Dionne D. Figgins, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jelani Remy, Max Sangerman, and Alysha Umphress

Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the Grammy Award®-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue and celebrates the best songs of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.

GONE MISSING
• New York City Center
• Opening: July 11, 2018
• Book: Steve Cosson
• Music and Lyrics: Michael Friedman
• Director: Ken Rus Schmoll
• Choreographer: Karla Garcia
• Cast: John Behlmann, Susan Blackwell, Aysan Celik, Deborah S. Craig, and Taylor Mac

In 2003, New York City theater troupe The Civilians interviewed real people about the physical objects they’d lost—keys, a sapphire ring, a Gucci pump. The wry and whimsical docu-musical that emerged, Gone Missing, features an energetic score by Michael Friedman and presents a very personal account of how we deal with loss in our lives.

THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: July 11, 2018
• Opening: July 30, 2018
• Playwright: Marcu Gardley
• Director: Lileana Blain Cruz
• Cast: TBD

In the heat of summer in 1813, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color.

THE DAMNED
• Park Avenue Armory
• Opening: July 17, 2018
• Playwright: Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco, and Enrico Medioli; adapted by Ivo van Hove
• Director: Ivo van Hove
• Cast: TBD

Using the screenplay rather than Luchino Visconti’s film as a starting point, director Ivo van Hove traces the disintegration of the wealthy Essenbeck family and their steel dynasty during the seizure of power of the Nazis in 1933 in Germany, reflecting the ideological debauchery of a society ready to make the most venomous alliances for the benefit of its sole economic interests. This sharply drawn familial chronicle combines intrigue and ambition with betrayal and murder in the insidious struggle for power, and the corruption of relationships echoes the cruelty and brutality of the political context—themes that have the makings of a great modern tragedy.

DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
• New York City Center
• First Preview: July 25, 2018
• Opening: July 26, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Micki Grant
• Director and Choreographer: Savion Glover
• Cast: Malik Akil, Alexandria Bradley, C.K. Edwards, Shonica Gooden, Marla McReynolds, and Allysa Shorte

With music and lyrics from Micki Grant, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is a celebration of African-American culture and community. Originally conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll, this radical work presents the issues of race politics in America and raises voices for change through a lively mix of song and dance with a score that includes gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock.

BE MORE CHILL
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: July 26, 2018
• Opening: August 9, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Joe Iconis
• Book: Joe Tracz
• Director: Stephen Brackett
• Choreographer: Chase Brock
• Cast: Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Stephanie Hsu, Lauren Marcus, Will Roland, George Salazar, Jason Tam, and Jason SweetTooth Williams

It’s called a Squip. A tiny supercomputer inside a pill. Swallow one and a personalized voice will tell you how to dress, how to speak, how to… become cool. Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey... until the day he finds out about “The Squip." Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy's desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self.

OKLAHOMA!
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• First Preview: September 27, 2018
• Opening: October 7, 2018
• Music: Richard Rodgers
• Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
• Director: Daniel Fish
• Cast: TBD

More than seven decades after its wartime premiere, the show that changed the course of the Broadway musical resurfaces as a daring new chamber work…

INDIA PALE ALE
• Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage I
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 23, 2018
• Playwright: Jaclyn Backhaus
• Director: Will Davis
• Cast: TBD

In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything.

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