Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

By Joey Sims
25 Jun 2015

Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.

SAYONARA

  • Pan Asian Repertory at Theatre Row - Clurman
  • First Preview: July 5, 2015
  • Opening: July 9, 2015
  • Director: Tisa Chang
  • Cast: Ya Han Chang, Morgan McCann, Ako, Thomas Bevan, Natsuko Hirano, Justin R G Holcomb, Scott Klavan, Justin McEllroy, Rumi Oyama, Jennifer Piacenti, Edward Tolve, Sandy York, Carol Angeli, Yurina Kutsukake, Azumi Milligan, Michiko Sasaki, Alicia Kaori Shumway, Jessica Wu
  • Lloyd “Ace” Gruver, a US military fighter pilot stationed in post-WWII Japa, falls in love with the beautiful Hana-Ogi, a star performer in the Takarazuka dance troupe, in William Luce, George Fischoff and Hy Gilbert's musical adaptation of James A Michener's novel.

     

THE WEIR

  • Irish Repertory Theatre at the DR2
  • First Preview: June 30, 2015
  • Opening: July 9, 2015
  • Director: Ciarán O'Reilly
  • Cast: Paul O'Brien, Tim Ruddy, John Keating, Sean Gormley, Amanda Quaid
  • Irish Rep's revival of Conor McPherson’s signature work returns after an extended engagement in 2013.

     

AWAKE AND SING!

  • The Public Theater - Shiva Theater
  • First Preview: July 6, 2015
  • Opening: July 13, 2015
  • Director: Stephen Brown-Fried
  • Cast: Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Mia Katigbak, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari, Henry Yuk
  • The National Asian American Theatre Company kicks off its 25th Season - their first in residency at The Public - with this classic Odets drama about three generations of a Depression-era Jewish family in the Bronx.

     

RUTHLESS!

  • St. Lukes Theatre
  • First Preview: June 25, 2015
  • Opening: July 13, 2015
  • Director: Joel Paley
  • Cast: Peter Land, Kim Maresca, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough, Tracy Jai Edwards, Tori Murray
  • Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who will do anything to play the lead in her school play. Joel Paley and Marvin Laird's musical comedy, first staged in New York 22 years ago, returns Off-Broadway.

     

THREESOME

  • 59E59 Theaters - Theater A
  • First Preview: July 11, 2015
  • Opening: July 22, 2015
  • Director: Chris Coleman
  • Cast: Alia Attallah, Quinn Franzen, Karan Oberoi
  • 59E59's second 5A season begins with Yussef El Guindi's new dark comedy about sexism, possession and independence.

     

THE NEW YORK STORY

  • Cherry Lane Theatre
  • First Preview: July 9, 2015
  • Opening: July 23, 2015
  • Director: Jerry Seinfeld
  • Cast: Colin Quinn
  • Colin Quinn returns to the New York stage with a new solo show bemoaning the rise and fall of his hometown.

     

THREE DAYS TO SEE

  • Theatre 79 (New York Theatre Workshop)
  • First Preview: July 12, 2015
  • Opening: July 26, 2015
  • Director: Jack Cummings III
  • Cast: Ito Aghayere, Patrick Boll, Marc delaCruz, Theresa McCarthy, Chinaza Uche, Barbara Walsh, Zoe Wilson
  • What remains when the senses fail? Who do you become? Transport Group presents a vivid, moving, and strangely hilarious portrait of Helen Keller, conceived by artistic director Jack Cummings III.

     

THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY

  • Westside Theatre - Downstairs
  • First Preview: July 11, 2015
  • Opening: July 27, 2015
  • Director: Tony Speciale
  • Cast: James Lecesne
  • Writer/performer James Lecesne portrays the various characters of a small Jersey shore town as struggle to comprehend the mysterious disappearance of a teenager.

     

KING LIZ

  • Second Stage Uptown at the McGinn/Cazale
  • First Preview: July 13, 2015
  • Opening: July 27, 2015
  • Director: Lisa Peterson
  • Cast: Michael Cullen, Jeremie Harris, Russell G. Jones, Caroline Lagerfelt, Irene Sofia Lucio, Karen Pittman
  • Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster but a woman in a man’s industry has to fight to stay on top, in this world premiere work by Fernanda Coppel.

     

JOHN

  • Signature Theatre Company - The Irene Diamond Stage
  • First Preview: July 22, 2015
  • Opening: August 11, 2015
  • Director: Sam Gold
  • Cast: Christopher Abbott, Hong Chau, Georgia Engel, Lois Smith
  • The first play of Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker’s Signature residency, John is set a Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and follows a young couple struggling to stay together.

     

CYMBELINE

  • Delacorte Theater
  • First Preview: July 23, 2015
  • Opening: August 10, 2015
  • Director: Daniel Sullivan
  • Cast: Kate Burton, Raúl Esparza, Hamish Linklater, Teagle F. Bougere, Jacob Ming-Trent, Patrick Page, Lily Rabe, Steven Skybell
  • In Shakespeare's fairtytale, Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate.

     

INFORMED CONSENT

  • Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street
  • First Preview: August 4, 2015
  • Opening: August 18, 2015
  • Director: Liesl Tommy
  • Cast: Pun Bandhu, Annie Parisse, Jesse J. Perez, DeLanna Studi Myra, Lucretia Taylor
  • A new play about one woman's quest to answer the mysteries of science and her own life, inspired by a landmark case between one of the country's largest universities and a Native American tribe.

     

WHORL INSIDE A LOOP

  • Second Stage at The Tony Kiser Theatre
  • First Preview: August 4, 2015
  • Opening: August 27, 2015
  • Director: Dick Scanlan & Michael Mayer
  • Cast: Derrick Baskin, Nicholas Christopher, Chris Myers, Ryan Quinn, Sherie Rene Scott, Daniel J. Watts, Donald Webber Jr.
  • A well-regarded actress (Scott) teaches six inmates how to tell their stories, in this world premiere play co-written by Scanlan and Scott.

     

LOVE AND MONEY

  • Signature Theatre Company - The Alice Griffin Jewel Box
  • First Preview: August 15, 2015
  • Opening: August 24, 2015
  • Director: Mark Lamos
  • Cast: TBA
  • Wealthy widow Cornelia Cunningham is determined to donate almost everything she owns before the end. Her plans are questioned when an ambitious and ingratiating young man, who may be the grandson she never knew she had, arrives to claim his inheritance, in A.R. Gurney's world premiere.

     

A DELICATE SHIP

  • Peter Jay Sharp Theater
  • First Preview: August 18, 2015
  • Opening: August 27, 2015
  • Director: Margot Bordelon
  • Cast: TBA
  • It's Christmas Eve and Sarah and Sam are celebrating with a debate about existential suffering. But then Sarah’s childhood best friend shows up unannounced, in a Playwrights Realm production of Anna Ziegler's new play.

     

MERCURY FUR

  • The New Group at the Signature Center
  • First Preview: August 4, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Scott Elliott
  • Cast: TBA
  • A dystopian vision from Philip Ridley, set in a country ravaged by warring factions and a hallucinogenic drug epidemic. The New Group opens its 21st season.

     

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE

  • Lucille Lortel Theater
  • First Preview: August 20, 2015
  • Opening: September 9, 2015
  • Director: Mike Donahue
  • Cast: TBA
  • How can an Elvis impersonator become a winning drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? With an empty bank account and pregnant wife, Casey’s going to have to answer that question fast in Matthew Lopez's this music-filled comedy.

     

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

  • The Pearl Theatre
  • First Preview: September 8, 2015
  • Opening: September 11, 2015
  • Director: Eric Tucker
  • Cast: TBA
  • Shakespeare's lush tale tosses four lovers into the strangest, most magical night of their lives. In the woods of Athens, they dive into a world ruled by the whims of passion, play, and jealousy—and none of them come out unchanged.

     

DADDY LONG LEGS

  • The Davenport Theatre
  • First Preview: September 10, 2015
  • Opening: September 27, 2015
  • Director: John Caird
  • Cast: TBA
  • Jerusha Abbott is the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home until one day an anonymous benefactor decides to send her to college, so long as she writes him a letter once a month. Paul Gordon and John Caird's musical comes to New York following many regional productions.

     

THE CHRISTIANS

  • Playwrights Horizons - Mainstage
  • First Preview: August 28, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Les Waters
  • Cast: TBA
  • Ten years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront - now it houses thousands. But in Lucas Hnath's latest, Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs.

     

UGLY LIES THE BONE

  • Roundabout Theatre Company - Black Box Theatre
  • First Preview: September 10, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Patricia McGregor
  • Cast: TBA
  • Lindsey Ferrentino's world premiere follows Jess, who returns from war severely burned only to find her Floridian hometown in a state of decay. With the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she desperately tries to restore her relationships, home and all that was lost.

     

THE CHAIRS

  • The Pearl Theatre
  • First Preview: September 21, 2015
  • Opening: October 3, 2015
  • Director: Hal Brooks
  • Cast: TBA
  • Ioneco's dark vision finds an old couple throwing a party for the most important people in the land: lords and ladies, trend-setters and intelligentsia, the scandalous and the saintly. The only commonality is - they’re all invisible.

     

CLOUD NINE

  • Atlantic Theater Company - Linda Gross Theater
  • First Preview: September 16, 2015
  • Opening: October 25, 2015
  • Director: James Macdonald
  • Cast: TBA
  • Set in colonial Africa and 1979 London, Caryl Churchill’s landmark play is about power, politics, family, Queen Victoria and sex.

     

BARBECUE

  • The Public Theater
  • First Preview: September 22, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Kent Gash
  • Cast: TBA
  • The O’Mallery’s have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and straight talk with their drug addict sister Barbara, in Robert O'Hara's raucous new comedy.

     

MOTHERSTRUCK

  • Culture Project at The Lynne Redgrave Theater
  • First Preview: September 24, 2015
  • Opening: October 7, 2015
  • Director: Cynthia Nixon
  • Cast: Staceyann Chin
  • Staceyann Chin's solo show, which she wrote and perfumes, follows her personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or financial stability.

     

PERFECT ARRANGEMENT

  • Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street
  • First Preview: September 29, 2015
  • Opening: October 15, 2015
  • Director: Michael Barakiva
  • Cast: TBA
  • In the 1950s and the age of the Red Scare, the Martindales and the Baxters have manufactured a life as peppy as a sitcom, right down to the corny jokes and occasional product placement… but when a co-worker at the US State Department discovers their deepest secret, the worlds of “I Love Lucy” and Edward R. Murrow clash in Topher Payne's new comedy.  

KILL FLOOR

  • LCT3 at The Claire Tow Theater
  • First Preview: October 3, 2015
  • Opening: October 19, 2015
  • Director: Lila Neugebauer
  • Cast: TBA
  • Andy returns to her hometown after three years in prison and takes a job at the local slaughterhouse, while trying to reconcile with her 15 year-old son, B, a passionate vegetarian. A new play by Abe Koogler.  

RIPCORD

  • Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center - Stage I
  • First Preview: September 29, 2015
  • Opening: October 20, 2015
  • Director: David Hyde Pierce
  • Cast: Marylouise Burke, Mary Louise Wilson
  • A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby (Wilson) is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn (Burke), she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary, in David Lindsay-Abaire's world premiere comedy.  

THE HUMANS

  • Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
  • First Preview: October 2, 2015
  • Opening: October 25, 2015
  • Director: Joe Mantello
  • Cast: TBA
  • After a sleepless night, Eric Blake has brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s new apartment. As darkness falls, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point. Stephen Karam's latest premiered in Chicago in early 2015.  

FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE

  • The Public Theater - Newman Stage
  • First Preview: October 6, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Kristen Sanderson
  • Cast: Rachel Bay Jones, Theresa McCarthy, Betsy Morgan, Isabel Santiago, Carly Tamer, Mary Testa, Barbara Walsh
  • A historical fantasia in four-parts imagining the inner lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters as they strive to live meaningful lives in the public eye. Michael John LaChiusa's follow-up to 1993's First Lady Suite.

     

HIR

  • Playwrights Horizons - Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
  • First Preview: October 16, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Niegel Smith
  • Cast: TBA
  • Isaac has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt. The insurgent: his mom. Liberated from an oppressive marriage, with Isaac’s newly out transgender brother as her ally, she’s on a crusade to dismantle the patriarchy, in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy.

     

BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES

  • The Public Theater
  • First Preview: October 17, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Creator/director: Gob Squad
  • Cast: TBA
  • Gob Squad's latest was created over the course of the past two years with 8-14 year olds from around New York City. From behind the safety of one-way mirrors, the audience witness seven lives lived in fast forward—from angst-ridden teens to hunched geriatrics.

     

LOST GIRLS

  • MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel
  • First Preview: October 22, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Jo Bonney
  • Cast: TBA
  • When their seventeen-year-old daughter goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie and Lou - former high school sweethearts, now divorced - are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. John Pollono's hard-hitting drama looks at a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects.  

INCIDENT AT VICHY

  • Signature Theatre Company - The Irene Diamond Stage
  • First Preview: October 27, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Michael Wilson
  • Cast: TBA
  • In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. The men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape. Signature celebrates the centennial of Arthur Miller's birth.

     

INVISIBLE THREAD

  • Second Stage at The Tony Kiser Theater
  • First Preview: October 31, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Diane Paulus
  • Cast: TBA
  • When Griffin, a young man from New York City, volunteers for a project in Uganda, he finds himself on a journey that will change his life forever. Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews' rousing new musical exposes the challenges confronted by American aid workers and the complex realities of trying to change the world.  

NIGHT IS A ROOM

  • Signature Theatre Company - The Alice Griffin Jewel Box
  • First Preview: November 3, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Bill Rauch
  • Cast: TBA
  • Liana and Marcus have a marriage others envy. Doré has grown accustomed to an isolated existence in her modest flat. After a surprise reunion on Marcus’s 40th birthday, their worlds are shattered by an unexpected turn of events. A world premiere production from Residency One playwright Naomi Wallace.

     

DADA WOOF PAPA HOT

  • Lincoln Center at the Mitzi E. Newhouse
  • First Preview: October 15, 2015
  • Opening: November 9, 2015
  • Director: Scott Ellis
  • Cast: Tammy Blanchard, Patrick Breen, John Benjamin Hickey, Alex Hurt, Kellie Overbey, John Pankow, Stephen Plunkett
  • Peter Parnell's world premiere follows Alan and Rob, an older married couple with a three-year-old daughter and a life they fought decades to be allowed to lead. But Alan has begun to feel an attraction to a younger gay dad; his closest straight friend’s marriage is disintegrating; and his daughter Nicola seems to prefer Rob.  

HENRY IV

  • St Ann's Warehouse
  • First Preview: November 6, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Cast: Dame Harriet Walter
  • Following 2013's all-female production of Julius Caesar, Lloyd sets a second Shakespeare play against the backdrop of women in prison and at risk. Dame Harriet Walter again leads a diverse ensemble in a production that played London's Donmar Warehouse in autumn 2014.

     

IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

  • Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center - Stage II
  • First Preview: November 10, 2015
  • Opening: November 23, 2015
  • Director Moritz Von Stuelpnagel
  • Cast: TBA
  • Sam Greevy is the hottest fashion designer in 1930’s New York - that is until rival Paul Roms starts releasing strange but popular pieces like “sweatshirts,” “tracksuits” and “skater pants.” Manhattan Theatre Club presents a world premiere comedy from Nick Jones.

     

THESE PAPER BULLETS!

  • Atlantic Theater Company - Linda Gross Theater
  • First Preview: November 20, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Director Jackson Gay
  • Cast: TBA
  • Meet the Quartos: Ben, Claude, Balth, and Pedro. Their fans worship them. Scotland Yard fears them. And their former drummer will stop at nothing to destroy them. A play with music, These Paper Bullets! is a modish rip-off of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing by Rolin Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong.