Dates have been announced for Signature Theatre's previously announced 2022-2023 season, featuring works from resident playwrights Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Sarah Ruhl, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The New York theatre company will also inaugurate Launchpad, a residency supporting early-career playwrights that expands the organization’s mission of producing a body of work by each resident writer.
While Signature’s seasons—producing several plays by each resident writer—bring audiences closer to playwrights, the upcoming season will offer a particularly personal view into each resident writer’s voice and vision.
Artistic Director Paige Evans said in an earlier statement, “From season to season, our audiences can see a play in the context of the playwright’s body of work—alongside other resident playwrights’ work. This ongoing engagement with writers is specific to Signature and finds a new resonance in a season where so many of our playwrights are telling personal stories.”
The season will launch October 18–November 27 with the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes’ My Broken Language, the second play in her Premiere Residency, following the 2016 world premiere of Daphne’s Dive. The stage adaptation of her memoir will also be directed by the playwright and blends monologue, literary reading, music, and movement in its depiction of an author growing up in a Puerto Rican family in Philadelphia.
MacArthur Fellow Samuel D. Hunter—whose first work in his Premiere Residency was the recently acclaimed and much-extended A Case for the Existence of God—will return in winter 2023 with the Off-Broadway premiere of A Bright New Boise, running January 31–March 12, 2023. Directed by Oliver Butler, the 2011 Obie-winning dark comedy centers on Will, a lapsed Evangelical who flees his Idaho hometown after a tragedy and forges connections with his Boise coworkers as he struggles to reconcile his life with his faith.
From February 7–March 19, MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl will begin her Spotlight Residency with the world-premiere adaptation of her book, Letters from Max: A Poet, a Teacher, and a Friendship. The playwright shares letters and poems passed between herself and former student Max Ritvo as the latter discusses terminal illness. Kate Whoriskey directs.
MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Premiere Residency will culminate in 2023 with his self-directed world premiere of Grass, scheduled for May 16–June 25. Jacobs-Jenkins's previous Signature productions include Appropriate and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Everybody.
All productions will take place at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later time.
Signature has also announced a new Student Membership Program, a free program for current students from grade school through graduate school and beyond. Student members have access to discounted tickets ($20 for students, $30 for guests), student-centered community events, and behind-the-scenes looks at Signature programming. For more information, click here.