19 Shows to See Off-Broadway in January

Off-Broadway News   19 Shows to See Off-Broadway in January
Don’t miss new musicals, world-premiere plays, and rarely seen revivals—all kicking off in January.

January 5: Tara Finney Productions’ 20th anniversary staging of Enda Walsh’s breakthrough play Disco Pigs arrives Off-Broadway following an acclaimed run at London’s Trafalgar Studios earlier this year. Reprising their roles in the Irish Rep production are Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch and Colin Campbell (Dublin by Lamplight). Later in the month, St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn presents Walsh’s newest work Ballyturk (January 9–28).

Dael Orlandersmith
Dael Orlandersmith

January 6: Two new solo plays from acclaimed playwrights Dael Orlandersmith and Mashuq Mushtaq Deen take over Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. In Until The Flood (January 6–February 18), Pulitzer Prize finalist Orlandersmith draws on interviews with St. Louis residents following the tragic death of Michael Brown; while in Draw the Circle, Deen (January 24–February 18) shines a light on the experiences of family and friends when a person transitions from one gender to another.

January 8: Writer-director Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Barbecue) returns Off-Broadway with Mankind, a new play that imagines a future in which men can give birth and women have gone extinct from centuries of mistreatment. The Playwrights Horizons production opens January 8 following previews that began December 15. The run is scheduled through January 28 in the company’s Mainstage Theater.

January 9: Second Stage Theater presents the world premiere of Greg Pierce’s Cardinal, a new drama about big ideas and a changing America. Sweat director Kate Whoriskey directs a cast that includes Emmy nominees Becky Ann Baker and Anna Chlumsky as well as Happy Endings star Adam Pally.


January 10: Actor, playwright, and director Ngozi Anyanwu makes her Off-Broadway playwriting debut with The Homecoming Queen at Atlantic Theater Company. Mfoniso Udofia stars as a novelist returning to Nigeria to care for her father, a trip that forces her to confront a painful past, her culture, and a deep, unexpected love. Awoye Timpo directs.

January 11: Playwrights Horizons stages a limited return engagement of the hit show Miles For Mary, a comedy from ensemble company The Mad Ones with direction by Lila Neugebauer. Set in 1988, the play tracks the meetings and politics of the planning committee for Garrison High School’s ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon. Take a sneak peek in the video above.

January 11: The Civillians’ The Undertaking returns Off-Broadway following a hit run at the 2016 BAM Next Wave Festival for a limited run at 59E59 Theaters through February 4.

January 16: From the best-selling author and performer of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, comes a new stage adaptation of her acclaimed memoir: In the Body of the World. The American Repertory Theater production, directed by Diane Paulus, is co-presented Off-Broadway with Manhattan Theatre Club. The new solo show will play MTC’s New York City Center stage.

January 16: Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery’s tennis drama Balls, a theatrical re-telling of the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, debuts at 59E59 Theaters in a production from One Year Lease Theater Company and Stages Repertory Theatre directed by Ianthe Demos and Nick Flint.

Douglas Hodge, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Marin Mazzie, and James Cusati-Moyer
Douglas Hodge, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Marin Mazzie, and James Cusati-Moyer

January 17: In his newest play, Fire and Air, four-time Tony-winning playwright and musical book writer Terrence McNally explores the rich history behind Sergei Diaghilev’s preeminent company Ballet Russes. Tony winner Douglas Hodge stars as Diaghilev alongside James Cusati-Moyer as celebrated dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in the John Doyle-helmed world premiere at Classic Stage Company. The production also stars Broadway favorites John Glover, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Marin Mazzie, and Marsha Mason.

January 18: Stanley Houghton’s comedy Hindle Wakes receives its first New York City revival in 95 years in a production from Mint Theater Company at the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row. When the play premiered in London in 1912, it was considered controversial, but was praised for its depiction of two young people seeking pleasure before marriage.

January 18: Theatre For a New Audience presents the world premiere of Adrienne Kennedy’s first play in nine years: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, a story of segregation, yearning, and doomed love. Told through monologues and images, the drama weaves tales of Jim Crow, Nazism, and sexual hypocrisy. Evan Yionoulis directs the debut production at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn.

January 18: The Olivier Award-winning Royal Court Theatre production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, directed by Matthew Dunster, makes its U.S. debut at the Atlantic Theater Company. Game of Thrones star Mark Addy plays Harry, the second-best hangman in England on the day that hanging is abolished.

January 23: Terrence Mann and Will Swenson star in The New Group’s musical Jerry Springer – The Opera at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The comic opera features a score by Richard Thomas, who also penned the book and lyrics with Stewart Lee, with direction by John Rando and choreography by Chris Bailey.

Sarah Burgess
Sarah Burgess Joseph Marzullo/WENN

January 28: Kate Benson’s upside-down romantic comedy [Porto]—a collaboration from WP Theater, The Bushwick Starr, and New Georges—makes its official splash on the Off-Broadway stage following an acclaimed world premiere at the Starr earlier this year. Obie winner Lee Sunday Evans directs.

January 30: House of Cards actor and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Eisa Davis and Community star Gillian Jacobs go head to head in Sarah Burgess’ Kings, a new comedy about money, politics, and the state of the American republic. Tony-winning Hamilton director Thomas Kail teams up again with playwright Burgess (Dry Powder) for the world premiere at The Public Theater. The production also stars Aya Cash (You’re the Worst) and Zach Grenier (The Good Wife)

January 31: Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Radio Drama Network present the world premiere of Sylvia Khoury’s Against The Hillside, a new drama about a drone pilot and a young Pakistani woman that examines the human cost of drone warfare. William Carden directs.


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