The Abrons Arts Center has announced details of its 2019–2020 season, which will begin September 24 with jazz singer, a world-premiere stage interpretation of Al Jolsen’s 1927 film The Jazz Singer. Created by Joshua William Gelb and Nehemiah Luckett, the musical will examine the film’s polarizing use of blackface, questioning appropriation, assimilation, and atonement in American culture. Performances run through October 12.
The season will continue with Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed, from co-creators David Neumann and Marcella Murray, exploring dialogue about race alongside astronomical questions of scale and time. Performances run January 16–25, 2020.
Interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight will present M___ER, a solo theatre piece that considers how the concepts of “mother,” “murder,” and “matter,” shape experiences of intimacy. Performances run March 26–28.
The final theatrical offering will be the New York premiere of Sad Boys in Harpy Land, running April 30–May 2. Created and performed by Alexandra Tatarsky, the improvisational work utilizes a humorous revisiting of Dante’s epic poem Inferno to anchor one moment in a life-long pseudo-autobiography.
For details on Abrons Arts Center’s upcoming lineup, visit AbronsArtsCenter.org.