New York Theatre Workshop has announced its complete 2017–18 season. Included in the lineup are new works by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog and Top Girls playwright Caryl Churchill, as well as a new musical from indie duo The Bengsons. 2017 Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin (Great Comet) is also set to return to the Off-Broadway theatre following the success of last year’s Hadestown.
NYTW’s season will kick off this fall with the New York premiere of Mary Jane by 4000 Miles playwright Herzog, with direction by Anne Kauffman. The play takes place during a summer in New York City, chronicling the existence of a mother caring for her chronically sick child.
Kauffman will then return to the downtown theatre to direct The Bengsons’ folk-punk musical, Hundred Days, a story about embracing life as if you only had 100 days to live, with a book by The Place We Built playwright Sarah Gancher. The production, which will close out the year, will feature movement choreography by Sonya Tayeh.
In 2018, NYTW will present the world premiere of An Ordinary Muslim by Hammaad Chaudry (Salaam, Mr. Bush), directed by Jo Bonney. The play sees two siblings struggling to straddle the gap between their Pakistani heritage and their British upbringing.
Next will be Churchill’s drama Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, directed by Chavkin. Set in 1647 England, the play follows a number of revolutionaries dreaming of a new era.
Closing out the season will be the New York premiere of The House That Will Not Stand by Marcus Gardley (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation), with direction by Lileana Blain-Cruz. Inspired by Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, the play takes place in the summer of 1813, on the eve of the transfer of Louisiana to the United States.
Performance dates, casting, and full creative teams will be announced at a later date.
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