Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre has announced its 2017–2018 season, which will feature new works by resident playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Dominique Morisseau, as well as two Edward Albee plays performed in one evening: Homelife and The Zoo Story.
The season will begin with both of Parks’ Red Letter Plays produced together for the first time. Fucking A will play the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre with direction by Jo Bonney August 22–October 1, and In the Blood, directed by Sarah Benson, will be in the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre August 29–October 8. Both plays explore ideas of love, society, sex, and power.
Beginning October 3, Signature will present Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Set inside Rikers Island, the play follows Angel Cruz, a 30-year-old bike messenger awaiting trial for the death of a cult leader. Inside prison, he is befriended by a charismatic, born-again criminal named Lucius, who will change the course of his life forever. Performances will run through November 12 on the Irene Diamond Stage.
In the new year, the Off-Broadway theatre will honor Albee, who passed away in 2016, with Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Homelife & The Zoo Story, directed by Lila Neugebauer. In the first act, Homelife, the audience is introduced to Peter and his wife, who live a comfortable but mundane bourgeois existence. In the second act, Albee’s The Zoo Story, Peter’s life is is forever altered by a stranger in Central Park. Performances will run January 30–March 11, 2018; rights are still pending.
Also slated for 2018 is Morisseau’s Paradise Blue, to be directed by Santiago-Hudson (April 24–June 3). Set in 1949, the play examines the impact of gentrification on the residents of Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood. Audiences will also be treated to Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street, directed by Anne Kauffman, May 1–June 10. The work by the Pulitzer Prize winner takes place in a Harlem funeral home and sees a group of former friends reunite to pay their respects to an old teacher. (A new play by Guirgis will be presented during the 2018-2019 season, and is available for purchase with a 2017-2018 season subscription.)
Subscriptions to the 2017-2018 season are on sale by calling Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or by visiting Signaturetheatre.org.