Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

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Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.
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FIRE IN DREAMLAND
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: June 19, 2018
• Opening: July 16, 2018
• Playwright: Rinne Groff
• Director: Marissa Wolf
• Cast: Kyle Beltran, Enver Gjokaj, and Rebecca Naomi Jones

On Coney Island, in the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, a disillusioned do-gooder named Kate meets Jaap Hooft, a charismatic European film-maker who sees in the devastation wrought by the storm an opportunity to make a work of art about another disaster that struck Coney Island some hundred years before: the 1911 fire that started in the amusement park known as Dreamland, burning it to ashes from which it never arose. As Kate throws herself into the vortex of Jaap’s visionary schemes, she finds beauty, pain and betrayal, and eventually herself.

THIS AIN’T NO DISCO
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: June 30, 2018
• Opening: July 24, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz
• Book: Rick Elice
• Director: Darko Tresnjak
• Cast: Krystina Alabado, Will Connolly, Eddie Cooper, Tony D'Alelio, Lulu Fall, Hannah Florence, Antwayn Hopper, Chilina Kennedy, Peter LaPrade, John-Michael Lyles, Krystal Mackie, Trevor McQueen, Nicole Medoro, Ian Paget, Theo Stockman, Samantha Marie Ware, and Antonio Watson

Set against the grit, the garbage strikes, the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
• Museum of Jewish Heritage
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: July 15, 2018
• Music: Jerry Bock
• Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
• Book: Joseph Stein
• Director: Joel Grey
• Cast: Steven Skybell, Jill Abramovitz, Jackie Hoffman, Kirk Geritano, Samantha Hahn, Cameron Johnson, Daniel Kahn, Ben Liebert, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Rosie Jo Neddy, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Jodi Snyder, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood, Michael Yashinsky, and Rachel Zatcoff

Experience Fiddler on the Roof in a new way – in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family! Directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey and presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the rich Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman, z”l, adds new depth and dimension to the most well-known Jewish musical in the world. Don’t miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle with the sounds of mame-loshn in the U.S. premiere of Fiddler in Yiddish.

TRAINSPOTTING
• Roy Arias Stages
• First Preview: July 5, 2018
• Opening: July 15, 2018
• Playwright: Harry Gibson
• Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher
• Cast: Greg Esplin, Liam Akpan, Andrew Barrett, Tom Chandler, Lauren Downie, Greg Esplin, Pia Hagan, and Oliver Sublet

Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton and his friends, living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80s. Harry Gibson’s original stage adaptation, written before it became the famous blockbuster film, was instantly successful and controversial, and won the Sunday Times Award for Best New Play. For this 21st anniversary production, In Your Face Theatre’s Scottish cast have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humor of the piece.

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE
• Stage 42
• First Preview: July 6, 2018
• Opening: July 22, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
• Director and Choreographer: Joshua Bergasse
• Cast: Dwayne Cooper, Emma Degerstedt, John Edwards, Dionne D. Figgins, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jelani Remy, Max Sangerman, and Alysha Umphress

Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the Grammy Award®-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue and celebrates the best songs of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.

THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: July 11, 2018
• Opening: July 30, 2018
• Playwright: Marcu Gardley
• Director: Lileana Blain Cruz
• Cast: Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, Nedra McClyde, Marie Thomas, and Michelle Wilson

In the heat of summer in 1813, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color.

I LOVE NEW YORK
• The Tank
• Opening: July 14, 2018
• Playwright: Will Bonfiglio and Jessica Owens
• Director: Matthew Russell
• Cast: Kareem Elsamadicy, Eli Branson, Jessica Jain, Amanda Dolan, Amara Brady, Sylvia Kates, and Aidan Carr

I Love New York explores modern anxiety and the quest for external validation by juxtaposing material from TripAdvisor.com and Ellis Island immigrant interviews. Laughs are followed by questions: Am I that revealing online? Is my anxiety that high? Is the fact that Ive forgotten the question and am questioning my anxiety proof I have anxiety? I Love New York gives Americans from all over the country and immigrants from all around the world the opportunity to tell you what The American Dream looks like for them.

THE DAMNED
• Park Avenue Armory
• Opening: July 17, 2018
• Playwright: Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco, and Enrico Medioli; adapted by Ivo van Hove
• Director: Ivo van Hove
• Cast: TBD

Using the screenplay rather than Luchino Visconti’s film as a starting point, director Ivo van Hove traces the disintegration of the wealthy Essenbeck family and their steel dynasty during the seizure of power of the Nazis in 1933 in Germany, reflecting the ideological debauchery of a society ready to make the most venomous alliances for the benefit of its sole economic interests. This sharply drawn familial chronicle combines intrigue and ambition with betrayal and murder in the insidious struggle for power, and the corruption of relationships echoes the cruelty and brutality of the political context—themes that have the makings of a great modern tragedy.

TWELFTH NIGHT
• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
• First Preview: July 17, 2018
• Opening: July 31, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Concept: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
• Music and Lyrics: Shaina Taub
• Director: Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Cast: Kim Blanck, Ato Blankson-Wood, Lori Brown-Niang, Troy Anthony, Nanya-Akuki Goodrich, JW Guido, Daniel Hall, Shuler Hensley, Javier Ignacio, Nikki M. James, Jonathan Jordan, Andrew Kober, Patrick J. O'Hare, and Shaina Taub

In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, Twelfth Night returns to Central Park to build upon its original Labor Day production in an all-new staging for a full five-week run. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE
• New York City Center
• First Preview: July 25, 2018
• Opening: July 26, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Micki Grant
• Director and Choreographer: Savion Glover
• Cast: Malik Akil, Alexandria Bradley, C.K. Edwards, Shonica Gooden, Marla McReynolds, and Allysa Shorte

With music and lyrics from Micki Grant, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is a celebration of African-American culture and community. Originally conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll, this radical work presents the issues of race politics in America and raises voices for change through a lively mix of song and dance with a score that includes gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock.

NEUROSIS
• DR2 Theatre
• First Preview: July 25, 2018
• Opening: August 17, 2018
• Book: Allan Rice
• Music: Ben Green
• Lyrics: Greg Edwards
• Director: Andy Sandberg
• Choreographer: Shea Sullivan
• Cast: Jennifer Blood, Joel Blum, Brennan Caldwell, Susan J. Jacks, Lacretta, Alex Lewis, and Morgan Weed

A modern musical comedy with a psychiatric twist, Neurosis is a story about finding happiness, falling in love, and dealing with that little voice in your head along the way.

THIS AMERICAN WIFE
• Next Door at NYTW/Fourth Street Theatre
• First Preview: July 25, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Creators and Performers: Michael Breslin & Patrick Foley

On screens across the world, women call themselves “Real Housewives” while they scream, sob, and scam their way to the top. Meanwhile, spiraling in shame in their bedrooms, Michael and Patrick clandestinely binge on the gaudy lives and savvy strategies of these expert performance artists. A raucous multimedia theatre work, This American Wife tracks Michael and Patrick’s obsessions with intimacy, queerness, and the deep desire to see and be seen.

BE MORE CHILL
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: July 26, 2018
• Opening: August 9, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Joe Iconis
• Book: Joe Tracz
• Director: Stephen Brackett
• Choreographer: Chase Brock
• Cast: Cameron Bond, Gerard Canonico, Katlyn Carlson, Stephanie Hsu, Troy Iwata, Tiffany Mann, Lauren Marcus, Will Roland, George Salazar, Britton Smith, Talia Suskauer, Jason Tam, and Jason SweetTooth Williams

It’s called a Squip. A tiny supercomputer inside a pill. Swallow one and a personalized voice will tell you how to dress, how to speak, how to… become cool. Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey... until the day he finds out about “The Squip." Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy's desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self.

R.R.R.E.D.
• DR2 Theatre
• First Preview: July 28, 2018
• Opening: August 19, 2018
• Book: Adam Jackson, Katie Thompson, and Patrick Livingston
• Music and Lyrics: Katie Thompson
• Director: Andy Sandberg
• Choreographer: Shea Sullivan
• Cast: Katie Thompson, Matt Loehr, Marissa Rosen, and Kevin Zak

A secret redheaded revolutionary organization is taking matters into their own hands, fighting back against their imminent extinction and standing up for the rights of redheads everywhere.

COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES
• MCC Theater/Lucille Lortel Theare
• First Preview: August 16, 2018
• Opening: September 12, 2018
• Playwright: Jen Silverman
• Director: Mike Donahue
• Cast: Dana Delany, Lea DeLaria, Adina Verson, Ana Villafañe, and Chaunté Wayans

Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by… that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman’s unpredictable comedy, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be.

1969: THE SECOND MAN
• Next Door at NYTW/Fourth Street Theatre
• First Preview: August 24, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Concept, Music & Lyrics: Jacob Brandt
• Book: Dan Giles
• Directed by Jaki Bradley
• Cast: TBD

After he became the second man to walk on the moon, reporters asked Buzz Aldrin if he wished he had been the first. “I really didn’t want that,” Buzz claimed, “because of the added heartache.” Why is it so hard to believe him? A folk-rock fable for the runner-up in all of us, 1969: The Second Man explores competition and collective achievement through the story of one small man who became one giant myth.

I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: August 31, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Craig Lucas
• Director: Tyne Rafaeli
• Director of Artistic Sign Language: Sabrina Dennison
• Cast: Marianna Bassham, Tad Cooley, Lisa Emery, Russell Harvard, Lois Smith, Gameela Wright, Beth Applebaum, Kalen Feeney, Seth Gore, Dickie Hearts, Amelia Hensley, Anthony Natale, and Alexandria Wailes

Ash has a blessed life, thankful every day for the gifts of his family, his addiction, and his son’s Deafness. But on one fateful day, everything’s taken from him. How can he see this unexpected test, that threatens to cast him and his loved ones into darkness, as the ultimate gift?

THE EMPEROR
• Theatre for a New Audience/Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• First Preview: September 9, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Colin Teevan
• Director: Walter Meierjohann
• Cast: Kathryn Hunter and Temesgen Zeleke

Based on Ryszard Kapuscinski's celebrated and controversial 1978 book of the same name about the downfall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, The Emperor gets inside of ten different male servants of Selassie, including his pillow-bearer, purse-bearer and dog-urine wiper, to explore political power and create complex human portraits.

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
• The Public Theater/Newman Theater
• First Preview: September 11, 2018
• Opening: October 1, 2018
• Playwright and Director: Conor McPherson
• Music and Lyrics: Bob Dylan
• Cast: TBD

Bob Dylan’s inimitable songbook is authentically transformed into this achingly beautiful story of a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Dylan’s hometown Duluth, Minnesota in 1934.

AT THE ILLUSIONIST'S TABLE
• The McKittrick Hotel
• Opening: September 15, 2018
• Playwright: Colin Teevan
• Creator and Performer: Scott Silven

Acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven hosts an evening of fine dining and whiskey tasting interwoven with illusion, mentalism and storytelling. Candles flicker. Whiskey pours. Conversation stirs. Before the night is over, your thoughts will transcend; mysteries will materialize; and your dreams will be revealed.

MOTHER OF THE MAID
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: September 25, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Jane Anderson
• Director: Matthew Penn
• Cast: Glenn Close

Mother of the Maid tells the story of Joan of Arc’s mother, a sensible, hard-working, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. This riveting play is an epic tale told through an unexpected and remarkable new perspective.

FIREFLIES
• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: September 26, 2018
• Opening: October 15, 2018
• Playwright: Donja R. Love
• Director: Saheem Ali
• Cast: TBD

Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia's fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband Charles and his successful Movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles' marriage is threatened - as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that "this world ain't no place to raise a colored child."

APOLOGIA
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: September 27, 2018
• Opening: October 16, 2018
• Playwright: Alexi Kaye Campbell
• Director: Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Stockard Channing

You do not mess with Kristin Miller. In the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin has never been one to shy away from a fight.

OKLAHOMA!
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• First Preview: September 27, 2018
• Opening: October 7, 2018
• Music: Richard Rodgers
• Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
• Director: Daniel Fish
• Cast: TBD

More than seven decades after its wartime premiere, the show that changed the course of the Broadway musical resurfaces as a daring new chamber work…

GLORIA: A LIFE
• Daryl Roth Theatre
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 18, 2018
• Playwright: Emily Mann
• Director: Diane Paulus
• Cast: Christine Lahti

Based on the extraordinary life of Gloria Steinem, Gloria: A Life weaves together events from her 50 years in social and political activism. Starting from her early years as an audacious reporter and as a founder of Ms. Magazine, the play features personal stories of the people who inspired her, leading to her evolution into a woman who has inspired generations.

INDIA PALE ALE
• Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage I
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 23, 2018
• Playwright: Jaclyn Backhaus
• Director: Will Davis
• Cast: TBD

In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything.

THE NICETIES
• Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage II
• First Preview: October 12, 2018
• Opening: October 25, 2018
• Playwright: Eleanor Burgess
• Director: Kimberly Senior
• Cast: TBD

At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone.

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
• MCC Theater/Lucille Lortel Theare
• First Preview: October 16, 2018
• Opening: October 22, 2018
• Playwright: Jocelyn Bioh
• Director: Rebecca Taichman
• Cast: TBD

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter--and Paulina’s hive-minded friends.

EVE'S SONG
• The Public Theater/LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: October 23, 2018
• Opening: November 7, 2018
• Playwright: Patricia Ione Lloyd
• Director: Jo Bonney
• Cast: TBD

In the aftermath of a messy divorce and a daughter coming out as queer, Deborah is trying to keep things normal at home. But as black people continue to be killed beyond their four walls, the outside finds its way in, blurring the lines between family dynamics, politics, and the spirit world. How long can family dinners keep the dangers outside at bay?

THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING)
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: October 23, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Will Eno
• Director: Oliver Butler
• Cast: TBD

This surreal and very real one-man show follows Thom Pain as he desperately, and hilariously, tries to save his own life...or at least make it into something worth dying for.

WILD GOOSE DREAMS
• The Public Theater/Martinson Hall
• First Preview: October 30, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Hansol Jung
• Director: Leigh Silverman
• Cast: TBD

Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible?

A CHORUS LINE
• New York City Center
• Opening: November 14, 2018
• Music: Marvin Hamlisch
• Lyrics: Edward Kleban
• Book: James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
• Directors: Bob Avian and Baayork Lee
• Cast: TBD

A Chorus Line, the 2018 New York City Center Annual Gala Presentation, is a joyous celebration of dance and musical theater—two art forms that City Center has been bringing to New York audiences for 75 years. In 1975, the stories of seventeen Broadway dancers were brought to life when A Chorus Line opened Off-Broadway. The musical was born of workshop sessions with actual Broadway dancers (eight of whom appeared in the original cast) who laid bare their personal stories and the challenges they faced in pursuit of their dreams.

FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: November 20, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Lynn Nottage
• Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
• Cast: TBD

This satirical tale, set in present-day New York City, follows successful African-American publicist Undine as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. Broke and now pregnant, Undine is forced to return to her childhood home in the Brooklyn projects, where she must face the challenges of the life she left behind.

THE PRISONER
• Theatre for a New Audience/Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• First Preview: November 24, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwrights and Directors: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne
• Cast: Hiran Abeysekera, Omar Silva, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, and Donald Sumpter

The Prisoner examines the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion in a breathtaking new international production. A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and what is he doing there? Is he free, or is he the prisoner?

BLUE RIDGE
• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: December 12, 2018
• Opening: January 7, 2019
• Playwright: Abby Rosebrock
• Director: Taibi Magar
• Cast: Marin Ireland

A progressive high-school teacher with a rage problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone's recovery but her own. Set in Southern Appalachia, Blue Ridge is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising and healing.

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