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Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

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IF PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A MUHFUCKA
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: February 15, 2019
• Opening: March 10, 2019
• Playwright: Tori Sampson
• Director: Leah C. Gardiner
• Choreographer: Raja Feather Kelly
• Cast: Rotimi Agbabiaka, Maechi Aharanwa, Jason Bowen, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Leland Fowler, Níkẹ Uche Kadri, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sitole, and Carla R. Stewart

In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty — not even her jealous classmates. But they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. A decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable, Tori Sampson’s explosive epic is brimming with live music and dance, as these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.

THE MOTHER
• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: February 20, 2019
• Opening: March 11, 2019
• Playwright: Florian Zeller
• Translation: Christopher Hampton
• Director: Trip Cullman
• Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Chris Noth, Justice Smith, and Odessa Young

Can one love one’s son too much? Anne has given everything to the family she’s built. Now the years have gone by, and her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own, leaving her alone in a world that is crumbling around her.

NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE
• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: February 21, 2019
• Opening: March 18, 2019
• Playwright: John Guare
• Director: Jerry Zaks
• Cast: Clea Alsip, Tina Benko, Adam Chanler-Berat, Jordan Gelber, John Larroquette, Grace Rex, Stacey Sargeant, Douglas Sills, and Will Swenson

In his attempts to recover a memory of an event that happened on that “far away island” 35 years before, Nantucket Sleigh Ride plunges a New York playwright-turned- venture capitalist into a whirlpool of a giant lobster, Roman Polanski, a pornography ring, Walt Disney, a murder, stranded children, and Jorge Luis Borges, with the most unexpected results.

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY
• Clurman Theatre @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: February 26, 2019
• Opening: March 13, 2019
• Playwright: Chisa Hutchinson
• Director: Jessi D. Hall
• Cast: Jay Mazyck, Brenda Pressley, Sarita Covington, Courtney Thomas, and Cezar Williams

Set in an under-funded public school in Newark, Surely Goodness and Mercy tells the story of a bible-toting boy with a photographic memory who befriends the cantankerous old lunch lady. Against all odds, Tino and Bernadette help each other through the mess of growing up and growing old.

HATEFUCK
• WP Theater
• First Preview: March 3, 2019
• Opening: March 13, 2019
• Playwright: Rehana Lew Mirza
• Director: Adrienne Campbell-Holt
• Cast: Kavi Ladnier and Sendhil Ramamurthy

Passions ignite when Layla, an intense literature professor, accuses Imran, a brashly iconoclastic novelist, of trading in anti-Muslim stereotypes. But as their attraction grows into something more, they discover that good sex doesn’t always make good bedfellows. Conflicting cultural identities collide in this thornily clever antidote to a “meet-cute” romance.

WHITE NOISE
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: March 5, 2019
• Opening: March 20, 2019
• Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks
• Director: Oskar Eustis
• Cast: Daveed Diggs, Sheria Irving, Thomas Sadowski, and Zoë Winters

Long-time friends and lovers Leo, Misha, Ralph, and Dawn are educated, progressive, cosmopolitan, and woke. But when a racially motivated incident with the cops leaves Leo shaken, he decides extreme measures must be taken for self-preservation.

A JEWISH JOKE
• Lion Theatre @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: March 7, 2019
• Opening: March 13, 2019
• Playwrights: Phil Johnson and Marni Freedman
• Director: David Ellenstein
• Cast: Phil Johnson

Bernie Lutz is a curmudgeonly Jewish comedy screenwriter from MGM, who comes up against the Communist blacklist in 1950’s Hollywood. Now, he has to decide what’s more important – his friends, or his livelihood? Armed with stories about the great era of Jewish humor, this poignant solo dramedy is about one American’s fight against one of the darkest moments of the mid-20th century.

SKINNAMARINK
• Next Door at NYTW/Fourth Street Theatre
• First Preview: March 8, 2019
• Opening: March 13, 2019
• Creator: Little Lord
• Director: Michael Levinton
• Cast: Kaaron Briscoe, Joshua William Gelb, Fernando Gonzalez, Polly Lee, Michael Levinton, Meg MacCary, Morgan Lindsey Tachco, and Kate Weber

SKINNAMARINK: What is this play about? Who wrote this play? Why did they write it? Would you like to grow up without being able to write? Who is a greedy girl? What is a glutton? What is important about the sun and the moon and the wind and the rain and a bug and a bee and a—BELL BELL BELL BELL BELL BELL BELL. Based on the deceptively simple yet rich language in “McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers” — a series of 19th-century American schoolbooks that taught generations how to read, think, and behave — SKINNAMARINK is part ritual, part recess, part recruitment. Attendance is mandatory.

JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK
• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: March 9, 2019
• Opening: March 19, 2019
• Playwright: Sean O’Casey
• Director: Neil Pepe
• Cast: Una Clancy, Terry Donnelly, Rory Duffy, Meg Hennessy, John Keating, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Ed Malone, Michael Mellamphy, Ciarán O’Reilly, Maryann Plunkett, James Russell, Harry Smith, and Sarah Street

Jack Boyle is out of work and determined to stay that way. He postures and drinks with his sidekick Joxer while his long-suffering wife Juno struggles to support their family and maintain their dilapidated tenement flat. Their son Johnny, crippled fighting in the revolution, cowers indoors to avoid the bitter new civil war, while his sister Mary considers her options for the future. When a handsome visitor arrives with news of an inheritance, the family begins to plan their new life, but their apparent salvation soon reveals itself to be the cause of their ruin.

ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE
• DR2 Theatre
• First Preview: March 11, 2019
• Opening: March 25, 2019
• Playwright: Maddie Corman
• Director: Kristin Hanggi
• Cast: Maddie Corman

Courageous, daring, and unflinchingly honest, Accidentally Brave is an inspiring true story about discovering a new normal when everything you thought you knew comes undone. With raw vulnerability and unexpected humor, actor and playwright Maddie Corman shares her story of perseverance and hope when the unthinkable tests her marriage, family and values.

VILNA
• Theatre at St. Clement’s
• First Preview: March 11, 2019
• Opening: March 20, 2019
• Playwright: Ira Fuchs
• Director: Joseph Discher
• Cast: Mark Jacoby, Sophia Blum, Brian Cade, Paul Cooper, Sean Hudock, Nathan Kaufman, Tom Morin, Seamus Mulcahy, James Michael Reilly, Patrick Toon, and Carey Van Driest

Vilna, inspired by a news report of the discovery of the escape tunnel at the site of the Vilna ghetto, tells the heroic story of Motke Zeidel and Yudi Farber from the ages of 11 through 28, actual people who come of age in the remarkable city of Vilna during its degradation in the years before World War II and its destruction during the war. As the home they knew collapses, going from vibrant metropolis to stifling ghetto and ultimately the Ponar killing pits, they face painful moral choices to save others while putting their own lives at risk.

AFTER
• 59E59 Theater A
• First Preview: March 12, 2019
• Opening: March 17, 2019
• Playwright: Michael McKeever
• Director: Joe Brancato
• Cast: Denise Cormier, Jolie Curtsinger, Michael Frederic, Mia Matthews, and Bill Phillips

An incident of bullying leads to a horrifying consequence in this timely new play that follows the journey of two families: before, in the moments leading up to the event; and after, as they pick up the pieces once the news cameras have gone home.

AIN’T NO MO’
• The Public Theater/LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: March 12, 2019
• Opening: March 27, 2019
• Playwright: Jordan E. Cooper
• Director: Stevie Walker-Webb
• Cast: Jordan E. Cooper, Marchánt Davis, Fedna Jacquet, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Simone Recasner, and Hermon Whaley Jr.

Ain’t No Mo’ is a vibrant satirical odyssey portraying the great exodus of black Americans out of a country plagued with injustice. In a kaleidoscope of scenes of the moments before, during, and after this outrageous departure, Jordan E. Cooper’s masterful new work explores the value of black lives in a country hurtling away from the promise of a black president.

DO YOU FEEL ANGER?
• Vineyard Theatre
• First Preview: March 13, 2019
• Opening: March 31, 2019
• Playwright: Mara Nelson-Greenberg
• Director: Margot Bordelon
• Cast: Tom Aulino, Ugo Chukwu, Megan Hill, Greg Keller, Justin Long, Jeanne Sakata, and Tiffany Villarin

Sofia is hired as an empathy coach at a debt collection agency — and clearly, she has her work cut out for her. These employees can barely identify what an emotion is, much less practice deep, radical compassion for others. As they painstakingly stumble towards enlightenment, someone keeps mugging Eva in the kitchen, and the unspoken dynamics of their seemingly blithe workplace culture become increasingly unsettling.

A MUSICAL ABOUT STAR WARS
• Kirk Theatre @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: March 14, 2019
• Opening: May 4, 2019
• Book: Tom D’Angora, Taylor Crousore, and Scott Richard Foster
• Music and Lyrics: Billy Recce
• Cast: Taylor Crousore, Scott Richard Foster, and Emily McNamara

It’s literally a musical about Star Wars. What happens when a couple of Star Wars nerds set out to create the ultimate Star Wars musical…well, a lot of diversions and non-sequiturs happen. This is the ultimate tribute to the fandom, the legacy, and the galaxy of the greatest story ever told!

PERP
• The Barrow Group/Mainstage Theatre
• First Preview: March 16, 2019
• Opening: March 25, 2019
• Playwright: Lyle Kessler
• Director: Lee Brock
• Cast: Tricia Alexandro, Ali Arkane, Paul Ben-Victor, Javier Molina, and Craig muMs Grant

There’s a vicious killer on the loose and the kindhearted Douglass finds himself the unwitting target of detectives who need a win at any cost. Desperate to seek justice, Douglass sets out on a harrowing, fantastical quest to find the true perpetrator. In this riveting world premiere by Lyle Kessler, the lines between good and evil blur in a divine search for redemption.

SMART BLONDE
• 59E59 Theater B
• First Preview: March 16, 2019
• Opening: March 19, 2019
• Playwright: Willy Holtzman
• Director: Peter Flynn
• Cast: Andréa Burns, Andrea Bianchi, Mark Lotito, and Jonathan Spivey

Judy Holliday lays down a series of tracks about her rise to fame amidst the politics of the 1950s. Memory and song converge as the “dumb blonde” with a genius IQ charts her experiences from Greenwich Village to Broadway and beyond with notable show business alums, including Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Monroe.

JULIUS CAESAR
• Theatre for a New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• First Preview: March 17, 2019
• Opening: March 28, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Shana Cooper
• Cast: Matthew Amendt, Jordan Barbour, Mark Bedard, Benjamin Bonenfant, Liam Craig, Ted Deasy, Brandon J. Dirden, Emily Dorsch, Michelle Hurst, Merritt Janson, Armando McClain, Galen Molk, Barret O’Brien, Julian Remulla, Juliana Sass, Rocco Sisto, Stephen M. Spencer, and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart

Julius Caesar is a marked man. Adoring commoners celebrate his battlefield victories, but those higher up the Roman political ladder worry that his ambition has grown too large. On a stormy night full of alarming sights and ominous portents, Cassius persuades Caesar’s friend Brutus to help him with a momentous task: assassinate Caesar for the good of the Republic. But death doesn’t stop Caesar, whose spirit haunts the destinies of his friends and enemies, threatening the republican ideal for which they murdered him.

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
• Classic Stage Company/Lynn F. Angelson Theater
• First Preview: March 19, 2019
• Opening: April 3, 2019
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Marc Blitzstein
• Director: John Doyle
• Cast: Ken Barnett, Eddie Cooper, Benjamin Eakeley, David Garrison, Ian Lowe, Kara Mikula, Lara Pulver, Sally Ann Triplett, Rema Webb, and Tony Yazbeck

In Steeltown, USA, laborer Larry Foreman struggles to unionize fellow steel workers against mounting attacks from a greedy industrialist, who uses his power to influence nearly everyone else in town. Marc Blitzstein’s folk opera, created through the Federal Theater Project, was famously shut down on the eve of opening night by federal authorities fearing its pro-labor stance.

THE WHITE DEVIL
• Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: March 19, 2019
• Opening: March 31, 2019
• Playwright: John Webster
• Director: Louisa Proske
• Cast: Amara James Aja, Jenny Bacon, Lisa Birnbaum, Robert Cuccioli, Edward O’Blenis, Daniel Oreskes, Cherie Corinne Rice, Socorro Santiago, Tommy Schrider, Derek Smith, and T. Ryder Smith

Vittoria is no angel…but is she guilty of murder? Her social-climbing brother ruthlessly exploits her carnal affair with a power-drunk Duke. The arrival of the Duke’s wife, her brother, and the soon-to-be-Pope triggers a cycle of deceit and retribution that shatters family bonds and threatens the social order.

I MARRIED AN ANGEL
• New York City Center
• First Preview: March 20, 2019
• Opening: March 21, 2019
• Book: Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
• Music: Richard Rodgers
• Lyrics: Lorenz Hart
• Director and Choreographer: Joshua Bergasse
• Cast: Phillip Attmore, Max Baker, Mark Evans, Ann Harada, Nikki M. James, Sara Mearns, Hayley Podschun, and Tom Robbins

Fed up with women, a banker vows he will marry only an angel. It’s only a song or two before she comes flying in through the window! Her absolute honesty unintentionally alienates everyone from the banker’s biggest depositor to society’s grand dame. Will Angel learn to tell a social lie? Will her husband survive her efforts?

IS ANYONE OUT THERE ALIVE?
• Minetta Lane Theatre
• Opening: March 21, 2019
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Noel Carey and Julia Mattison
• Cast: Noel Carey and Julia Mattison

As the world devolves into a fiery pit of hell, radio hosts Noel and Julia sift through the contents of their destroyed recording studio and broadcast its records – a mix of unfortunate B-sides and forgotten non-classics to anyone who may, in fact, still be alive.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: March 22, 2019
• Opening: March 27, 2019
• Playwright: Stefano Massini
• Adaptation: Ben Power
• Director: Sam Mendes
• Cast: Adam Godley, Ben Miles, and Simon Russell Beale

From the arrival of three brothers from Bavaria to America in search of a new life to the collapse of the firm they established, triggering the largest financial crisis in history, the story of the Lehman Brothers traces the trajectory of western capitalism by following the fortunes of a single immigrant family.

MRS. MURRAY’S MENAGERIE
• Ars Nova at Greenwich House
• First Preview: March 26, 2019
• Opening: April 8, 2019
• Creators: The Mad Ones, Phillip James Brannon, Brad Heberlee, Carmen M. Herlihy, and January LaVoy
• Director: Lila Neugebauer
• Cast: Marc Bovino, Phillip James Brannon, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, Brad Heberlee, Carmen M. Herlihy January LaVoy, and Stephanie Wright Thompson

The creators of a 1970’s children’s television program have commissioned a focus group to probe the parents of the show’s target audience. Over stale coffee and donuts, a group of strangers navigates the murky waters of American belief and perception.

SINCERELY, OSCAR
• Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: March 27, 2019
• Opening: April 7, 2019
• Book: Doreen Taylor
• Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
• Music: Various
• Director: Dugg McDonough
• Cast: Doreen Taylor and Azudi Onyejekwe

Sincerely, Oscar is a one-of-a-kind musical experience highlighting Oscar Hammerstein’s journey to become Broadway’s greatest lyricist. Through curated story-telling and imaginative performances, this visually stunning show utilizes cutting edge, 3D holographic technology and explores Oscar’s amazing life in his words while weaving a melodious tapestry of over 30 of his greatest songs from shows like The Sound of Music, Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, Allegro and more…

EH DAH? QUESTIONS FOR MY FATHER
• Next Door at NYTW/Fourth Street Theatre
• First Preview: March 28, 2019
• Opening: March 30, 2019
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Aya Aziz
• Director: Arpita Mukherjee
• Cast: Olivia Abiassi, Waseem Alzer, Ali Andre Ali, Aya Aziz, and Jenna Bosco

Eh Dah? Questions for My Father follows the lives of a family divided across continents and cultures in a turbulent political landscape. Set in Egypt and America, this contemporary musical by Aya Aziz explores what it means to live in post a 9/11 world.

THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: March 29, 2019
• Opening: April 22, 2019
• Playwright: Halley Feiffer
• Director: Trip Cullman
• Cast: Halley Feiffer, Vanessa Kai, and Hamish Linklater

Twenty-something and brilliant, Cat is a journalist at the top of her game: tack-sharp and ambitious, and rapidly establishing her place in the field. Until she meets Guy — magnetic, devilishly charming, and married — and the attrition begins. Charting their spiky relationship over eight years, following a rapidly changing America, Halley Feiffer’s harrowing comedy sheds light on how we perpetuate our roles within a patriarchal culture, and the promise of a new paradigm.

SOCRATES
• The Public Theater/Martinson Hall
• First Preview: April 2, 2019
• Opening: April 16, 2019
• Playwright: Tim Blake Nelson
• Director: Doug Hughes
• Cast: Dave Quay, Austin Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, Joe Tapper, David Aaron Baker, Ro Boddie, Teagle F. Bougere, Niall Cunningham, Peter Jay Fernandez, Karl Green, Miriam A. Hyman, Robert Joy, Alan Mendez, Tom Nelis, Daniel Reece, and Lee Wilkof

This powerful new play is an intellectual thrill ride from the philosopher’s growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history.

MIRACLE IN RWANDA
• Lion Theatre @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: April 4, 2019
• Opening: April 9, 2019
• Playwright: Leslie Lewis and Edward Vilga
• Director: George Drance
• Cast: Malaika Uwamahoro

In April 1994 in Rwanda, an extremist militia of Hutu tribesmen began a brutal, widespread effort to exterminate all members of the Tutsi minority tribe. A Catholic young woman named Immaculee went into hiding, armed only with the rosary her father gave her. While marauders searched for her, she made a decision to pray using the beads her father gave her, transforming her heart and mind, so that in the midst of this holocaust, she found the core divinity within her, the place that no killer can eradicate.

17 BORDER CROSSINGS
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: April 11, 2019
• Opening: April 15, 2019
• Playwright: Thaddeus Phillips
• Director: Tatiana Mallarino
• Cast: Thaddeus Phillips

17 Border Crossings begins with a man at a desk on an empty stage and ends up everywhere but, taking audiences on a trip around the world via Phillips’s effortlessly fluent storytelling. A chair, table, and bar of lights become the imagined settings for invasive body searches at Charles de Gaulle, ayahuasca experiments in the Amazon, KFC-smuggling in Palestine, and run-ins with Ace of Base on Croatian ferries in this engrossing look at the imaginary lines that divide up the world and the very real barriers they create.

BLKS
• MCC Theater Space/Newman Mills Theater
• First Preview: April 20, 2019
• Opening: May 9, 2019
• Playwright: Aziza Barnes
• Director: Robert O’Hara
• Cast: Marié Botha, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Alfie Fuller, Paige Gilbert, Chris Myers, and Coral Peña

When shit goes down, your girls show up. As sharply funny as it is poignant, BLKS introduces us to Octavia, Imani, and June—three twenty somethings in New York City hunting for intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn’t seem to care. They drink a lot. They smoke a lot. They try to have sex. A lot. When they need each other the most, the women rally to “resurrect their fly” in a day full of humorous and painful attempts to be heard through the noise that surrounds them.

GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS
• St. Ann’s Warehouse
• First Preview: April 20, 2019
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright and Director: Enda Walsh
• Cast: Cillian Murphy

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS
• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: April 20, 2019
• Opening: April 30, 2019
• Playwright: Sean O’Casey
• Director: Charlotte Moore
• Cast: Úna Clancy, Terry Donnelly, Rory Duffy, Meg Hennessy, John Keating, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Ed Malone, Michael Mellamphy, Clare O’Malley, Adam Petherbridge, Maryann Plunkett, James Russell, Harry Smith, and Sarah Street

Pretty young newlywed Nora Clitheroe is the talk of her tenement as she tirelessly works to lift her family out of their impoverished circumstances. She tries to keep her husband Jack from the revolutionary fervor sweeping through Dublin. But Jack becomes a Commandant in the Irish Citizen Army, and when the Easter Rising of 1916 begins, he leaves a pregnant Nora to help lead the fight. The disparate, quarrelsome tenement residents are forced to shelter together as urban warfare makes their home nearly as treacherous as the streets.

CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: April 23, 2019
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Sam Shepard
• Director: Terry Kinney
• Cast: TBD

Living a stagnant, unhappy existence in rural California, the struggling Tate family is desperate for change, but every family member has a different way of trying to improve their station in life.

PASSAGE
• Soho Rep
• First Preview: April 23, 2019
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Christopher Chen
• Director: Saheem Ali
• Cast: TBD

X marks the spot for Country Y. Y>X. Or is it?

OCTET
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: April 30, 2019
• Opening: TBD
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Dave Malloy
• Director: Annie Tippe
• Cast: TBD

Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology.

HAPPY TALK
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
• First Preview: April 30, 2019
• Opening: May 16, 2019
• Playwright: Jesse Eisenberg
• Director: Scott Elliott
• Cast: Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland

Lorraine is a saint of the suburbs. On top of trying to save her dying mother, miserable husband and estranged daughter, she’s starring as Bloody Mary in the Jewish Community Center production of South Pacific. When her mother’s home aide, Serbian immigrant Ljuba, asks for help finding a husband, Lorraine takes on her most challenging role to date: matchmaker.

SOMETHING CLEAN
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Black Box Theatre
• First Preview: May 4, 2019
• Opening: May 30, 2019
• Playwright: Selina Fillinger
• Director: Margot Bordelon
• Cast: Kathryn Erbe, Daniel Jenkins, and Christopher Livingston

Wash the dishes. Mop the floors. Change the sheets. Change the past. Charlotte is a wife and mother who’ll try anything to put her family back together. Selina Fillinger’s new drama slips into the jagged cracks of a sex crime’s aftermath—the guilt, the grief, and the ways we grapple with the unthinkable.

CONTINUITY
• Manhattan Theatre Club – Stage II
• First Preview: May 7, 2019
• Opening: May 21, 2019
• Playwright: Bess Wohl
• Director: Rachel Chavkin
• Cast: TBD

A sheet of ice sits in the desert of New Mexico. A mad eco-terrorist plants a bomb in order to save humankind. A beleaguered film crew tries to get in one last shot before losing the light. Continuity is a sly, biting comedy in six takes where storytelling and science collide with both hilarious and devastating consequences. The play asks, “How do we keep going when hope can seem as fictional as a Hollywood ending?” “How do we tell the stories that could shape our future?” and, perhaps most importantly, “What’s for lunch?”

ENTER LAUGHING: THE MUSICAL
• York Theatre @ Saint Peter’s
• First Preview: May 7, 2019
• Opening: May 12, 2019
• Book: Joseph Stein
• Music and Lyrics: Stan Daniels
• Director: Stuart Ross
• Cast: TBD

Based on Carl Reiner’s autobiographical novel and Joseph Stein’s stage adaptation, this hilariously tuneful musical careens through the misadventures of star-struck, stage-struck, woman-struck teenager David Kolowitz, who pratfalls his way into manhood via the theatre.

MAC BETH
• Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: May 7, 2019
• Opening: May 19, 2019
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Adapter and Director: Erica Schmidt
• Cast: Sharlene Cruz, Isabelle Fuhrman, Sophie Kelly-Hedrick, Ismenia Mendes, AnnaSophia Robb, Lily Santiago, and Ayana Workman

On an autumn afternoon, in an empty lot outside the city, seven girls meet up to do a play. School uniform tartan transforms in this American urban wasteland. The girls are witches, ghosts, and kings. They hurl headlong into the unchecked passions of Macbeth, as the line between real life and blood fantasy quickly blurs. Through prophecies and smartphones, unexpected resonances emerge from Shakespeare’s dark nightmare of ambition gone awry. These young women discover what’s done cannot be undone.

HIGH BUTTON SHOES
• New York City Center
• First Preview: May 8, 2019
• Opening: May 9, 2019
• Book: Stephen Longstreet
• Music: Jule Styne
• Lyrics: Sammy Cahn
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

In the age of Model T Fords and Keystone Kops, a fast-talking conman hopes to strike it rich in his old hometown. Infectious songs include “Papa Won’t You Dance With Me,” “I Still Get Jealous” and “You’re My Girl.”

THE PINK UNICORN
• The Episcopal Actors Guild Hall
• First Preview: May 9, 2019
• Opening: May 15, 2019
• Playwright: Elise Forier Edie
• Director: Amy Jones
• Cast: Alice Ripley

Trisha Lee is a Christian widow living in a conservative Texas town. Her life is suddenly upended when her 14-year-old daughter Jolene announces she is “gender queer” and starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school. In The Pink Unicorn, Trisha recounts her story about facing a crisis she never saw coming, at a time when transgender people and gender issues weren’t even on her radar.

THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: May 12, 2019
• Opening: June 13, 2019
• Book: Lynn Nottage
• Music: Duncan Sheik
• Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead
• Director: Sam Gold
• Cast: Romelda Teron Benjamin, Joe Cassidy, Vita E. Cleveland, Eisa Davis, Matt DeAngelis, Manoel Felciano, Brett Gray, Jai’Len Christine Li Josey, LaChanze, Anastacia McCleskey, Saycon Sengbloh, and Elizabeth Teeter

South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother’s death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship and healing.

LONG LOST
• Manhattan Theatre Club – Stage I
• First Preview: May 14, 2019
• Opening: June 4, 2019
• Playwright: Donald Marguiles
• Director: Daniel Sullivan
• Cast: TBD

When troubled Billy appears out-of-the-blue in his estranged brother David’s Wall Street office, he soon tries to re-insert himself into the comfortable life David has built with his philanthropist wife and college-age son. What does Billy really want? Can he be trusted? And how much can family bonds smooth over past rifts?

LITTLE WOMEN
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: May 15, 2019
• Opening: June 4, 2019
• Playwright: Kate Hamill
• Director: Sarna Lapine
• Cast: Paola Sanchez Abreu, Megan Byrne, Michael Crane, Kate Hamill, Kristolyn Lloyd, Andrew Long, Nate Mann, Maria Elena Ramirez, and Carmen Zilles

Jo March doesn’t want to be like other girls; in fact, she’s not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can’t yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman?

TONI STONE
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: May 23, 2019
• Opening: June 20, 2019
• Playwright: Lydia R. Diamond
• Director: Pam MacKinnon
• Cast: April Matthis, Eric Berryman, Harvy Blanks, Phillip James Brannon, Daniel J. Bryant, Jonathan Burke, Toney Goins, Kenn E. Head, and Ezra Knight

Toni Stone is an encyclopedia of baseball stats. She’s got a great arm. And she doesn’t understand why she can’t play with the boys. Featuring a bullpen of players crossing age, race and gender to portray all supporting roles,Toni Stone is a vibrant play about staying in the game, playing hard, playing smart and playing your own way.

A STRANGE LOOP
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: May 24, 2019
• Opening: TBD
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Michael R. Jackson
• Director: Stephen Brackett
• Choreographer: Raja Feather Kelly
• Cast: Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, and Jason Veasey

Usher is a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson’s blistering, momentous new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — not least of which, the punishing thoughts in his own head — in an attempt to break out of this strange loop.

PUBLIC SERVANT
• Clurman Theatre @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: May 25, 2019
• Opening: June 6, 2019
• Playwright: Bekah Brunstetter
• Director: Geordie Broadwater
• Cast: TBD

Ed has been newly elected as County Commissioner. Ed is one of the good ones, with his impressionable daughter Hannah by his side, he is going to change the world – or at least his little corner of it. Meanwhile, all world-weary Miriam needs is for a city inspector to sign off on some paperwork. Disillusioned with the system but desperate, she turns to Ed for help with what should be a simple request. But in the world of politics, is anything ever simple?



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