New York Theatre Workshop has revealed its 2018–2019 season. The lineup includes a return Off-Broadway engagement of Heidi Schreck's acclaimed What the Constitution Means to Me, Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play, and new works by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George, Martyna Majok, and renowned writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith.
NYTW also revealed that the first production of the 2019–2020 season will be Mfoniso Udofia’s runboyrun and In Old Age, two plays to be performed together as an evening of work and which are part of her nine-part saga, The Ufot Cycle. They follow Udofia’s Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, another pairing from the play cycle which debuted at NYTW.
The 2018–2019 season will kick off with Schreck's play What the Constitution Means to Me, which debuted last summer as part of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks Festival and is inspired by the playwright and actor’s real-life story (of giving speeches on the American Constitution as a teenager to pay for her college education). The play traces the effects of a single sentence of the Ninth Amendment on generations of women in her family—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride from Germany who died of melancholia. Oliver Butler will direct.
Next up will be the world premiere of Harris' multi-award winning Slave Play, which sheds light on the intersection of race, history, gender, and sexuality in 21st century America. The play is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences. A director is yet to be announced.
In the new year, NYTW will present the first co-production of a two-play collaboration with WP Theater: George's play Hurricane Diane, directed by Leigh Silverman. The play, about a permaculture gardener "dripping with butch charm," is billed as an evisceration of the blind eye we all turn to climate change. The second co-production will take place at WP Theater with details to be announced at a later date.
Rounding out the season will be Majok's play Sanctuary City, a love story that asks what we’re willing to sacrifice for someone we love. Majok returns Off-Broadway following her acclaimed production of Cost of Living, as well as the recent LCT3 staging of queens. A director for Sanctuary City will be announced at a later date.
The NYTW season will also feature a new solo show from MacArthur Award winner Smith, with more details yet to be announced.