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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SCHOOL GIRLS: OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY
• MCC Theater/Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: November 1, 2017
• Opening: November 19, 2017
• Playwright: Jocelyn Bioh
• Directed by Rebecca Taichman
• Cast: Nabiyah Be, MaameYaa Boafo, Paige Gilbert, Zainab Jah, Nike Kadri, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Mirirai Sithole and Myra Lucretia Taylor

Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter – and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh's buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

THE WOLVES
• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: November 1, 2017
• Opening: November 20, 2017
• Playwright: Sarah DeLappe
• Directed by Lila Neugebauer
• Cast: Paola Sanchez Abreu, Mia Barron, Brenna Coates, Jenna Dioguardi, Samia Finnerty, Midori Francis, Lizzy Jutila, Sarah Mezzanotte, Tedra Millan, Susannah Perkins

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
• Primary Stages/Cherry Lane Theatre
• First Preview: November 7, 2017
• Opening: Noveber 19, 2017
• Playwright: Kate Hamill
• Directed by Amanda Dehnert
• Cast: Mark Bedard, Kimberly Chatterjee, Kate Hamill, Jason O'Connell, Amelia Pedlow, Chris Thorn, John Tufts, and Nance Williamson

The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved… tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! What? Why are you looking at us like that? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation.

DESCRIBE THE NIGHT
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: November 10, 2017
• Opening: December 5, 2017
• Playwright: Rajiv Joseph
• Director: Giovanna Sardelli
• Cast: Tina Benko, Nadia Bowers, Danny Burstein, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Max Gordon Moore and Stephen Stocking

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk. Rajiv Joseph's epic new play traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.

DOWNTOWN RACE RIOT
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: November 14, 2017
• Opening: December 3, 2017
• Playwright: Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
• Director: Scott Elliott
• Cast: Cristian DeMeo, David Levi, Moise Morancy, Josh Pais, Sadie Scott, Chloë Sevigny, and Daniel Sovich

On a hot late summer day in 1976, a mob of young men – all white except one – descended on Washington Square Park with pipes and bats, and attacked any people of color they could find. Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s Downtown Race Riot takes us back to this day, in the cramped Village apartment of Mary Shannon, a strung-out, free-wheeling single mom, as her son Pnut and his Haitian best friend Massive wrestle with their obligation to join the riot. The boys, torn between loyalty to each other and to the neighborhood, grasp for ways to keep the violence from destroying their friendship forever. A snapshot of a time not so different than today, when a new social freedom ran smack into the forces of reaction, and when the stakes were truly life and death.

HUNDRED DAYS
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: November 15, 2017
• Opening: December 4, 2017
• Book: The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher
• Music and Lyrics: The Bengsons
• Director: Anne Kauffman
• Movement Direction: Sonya Tayeh
• Cast: Colette Alexander, Abigail Bengson, Shaun Bengson, Jo Lampert, Dani Markham, and Reggie D. White

Shaun and Abigail Bengson's HUNDRED DAYS unleashes an exhilarating and raw story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had a hundred days to live.

THE DEAD, 1904
• Irish Repertory Theatre at The American Irish Historical Society
• First Preview: November 19, 2017
• Opening: November 30, 2017
• Based on the novella by James Joyce
• Adapted by Paul Muldoon & Jean Hanff Korelitz
• Director: Ciarán O’Reilly
• Cast: Melissa Gilbert, Kimberly Doreen Burns, Peter Cormican, Rufus Collins, Terry Donnelly, John Treacy Egan, Patricia Kilgarriff, Aedin Moloney, Clare O’Malley, Megan Loomis, Patti Perkins and James Russell

James Joyce’s novella, “The Dead,” describes a holiday gathering on January 6, 1904, the Feast of the Epiphany, in the Dublin home of two elderly sisters, Kate and Julia Morkan, and their niece, Mary Jane. At the party are students, friends, a celebrated tenor, a lost alcoholic, and the couple, Gabriel and Gretta Conroy. Over the course of an evening, there are conversations, music, dancing and dining. There are speeches and disagreements – polite and impolite – and when it is all over Gabriel learns something about his wife that changes his sense of who she is and who they are to each other, of what it actually means to be alive, and to be dead.

TWELFTH NIGHT
• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: November 29, 2017
• Opening: December 14, 2017
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Noah Broady and Ben Steinfeld
• Cast: Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Tina Chilip, Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Javier Ignacio, David Samuel, Ben Steinfeld, Paco Tolson and Emily Young

Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated, each fearing the other lost to the sea. Viola disguises herself as a boy and wades into a complex romantic triangle with Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia. New York’s innovative Fiasco Theater brings their hallmark style and expansive imagination to one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

MANKIND
• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: December 15, 2017
• Opening: January 8, 2018
• Playwright: Robert O'Hara
• Director: Robert O'Hara
• Cast: André De Shields, Bobby Moreno, Anson Mount, Stephen Schnetzer, Ariel Shafir and David Ryan Smith

Mark and Jason were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O’Hara’s audacious, hilarious allegory envisions an uncannily familiar future – one long after women have gone extinct from centuries of mistreatment – where man’s capacity to f**k everything up soars to new heights.

CARDINAL
• Second Stage Theatre/Tony Kiser Theater
• First Preview: January 9, 2018
• Opening: January 30, 2018
• Playwright: Greg Pierce
• Director: Kate Whorisky
• Cast: Becky Ann Baker, Anna Chlumsky, Alex Hurt, Adam Pally, Stephen Park and Eugene Young

Paint it red. So begins Lydia’s wild idea to invigorate her Rust Belt town. But when a whip-smart entrepreneur co-opts her scheme, a precarious rivalry is born. A battle for the town’s soul ensues, causing its obsessive mayor, its defiant matriarch, and the rest of its residents to question who they are and where they're headed.

THE HOMECOMING QUEEN
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Stage 2
• First Preview: January 10, 2018
• Opening: January 22, 2018
• Playwright: Ngozi Anyanwu
• Director: Awoye Timpo
• Cast: TBA

A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she’s long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.

HANGMEN
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: January 17, 2018
• Opening: February 5, 2018
• Playwright: Martin McDonaugh
• Director: Matthew Dunster
• Cast: Mark Addy, Owen Campbell, Billy Carter, Maxwell Caulfield, Johnny Flynn, Gaby French, Gilles Geary, Richard Hollis, John Horton, David Lansbury, Sally Rogers, Reece Shearsmith

In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.

HE BOUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BOX
• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: January 18, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Adrienne Kennedy
• Director: Evan Yionoulis
• Cast: TBA

Set in Montezuma, Georgia, and New York City in 1941, this new work by one of America’s greatest living dramatists is a heartbreaking and nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love. The action, driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime.

[PORTO]
• Women’s Project Theatre/McGinn Cazale Theatre
• First Preview: January 29, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Kate Benson
• Director: Lee Sunday Evans
• Cast: TBA

[Porto] is a play set in a bar in a major American city in the now of the early 21st century. Porto, a lady-about-town, is a regular at the bar; she is a real foodie with a vivid imagination and some healthy skepticism about the intersection of feminism and romance. Her neighborhood bar has much to teach her: we all want love, sex, and really good food—but is it possible to enjoy the sausage when we know how it’s made?

KINGS
• The Public Theater
• First Preview: January 30, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Sarah Burgess
• Directed by Thomas Kail
• Cast: TBD

Kate is a whip-smart lobbyist who doesn’t waste her time on anyone who can’t get elected, stay elected and help her clients get what they want. Kate thinks Representative Sydney Millsap is a political neophyte whose staunch ideals are going to cost her a burgeoning political career. But Representative Millsap and her high-minded principles turn out to be more resilient than Washington was expecting, and for the first time Kate is faced with a choice that might change everything for her: back the system, or back what she believes in?

AMY AND THE ORPHANS
• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: February 1, 2018
• Opening: March 1, 2018
• Playwright: Lindsey Ferrentino
• Directed by Scott Ellis
• Cast: Vanessa Aspillaga, Mark Blum, Jamie Brewer, Diane Davis, Josh McDermitt and Debra Monk

After their father’s death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together, they careen down the Great American Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind.

IS GOD IS
• Soho Rep
• First Preview: February 6, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Aleshea Harris
• Directed by Taibi Magar
• Cast: TBD

Is God Is is a modern myth about twin sisters who sojourn from the Dirty South to the California desert to exact righteous revenge. Winner of the 2016 Relentless Award, Aleshea Harris collides the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the Spaghetti Western, and Afropunk in this darkly funny and unapologetic world premiere.

QUEENS
• Lincoln Center Theater/Claire Tow Theater
• First Preview: February 10, 2018
• Opening: February 26, 2018
• Playwright: Martyna Majok
• Directed by Danya Taymor
• Cast: TBD

The lives of two generations of immigrant women collide in a basement apartment. When the choices they've made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to haunt them, they must ask: what cannot - and should not - be left behind?

THE LOW ROAD
• The Public Theater
• First Preview: February 13, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Bruce Norris
• Directed by Michael Greif
• Cast: TBD

Set in the 18th century, this wild new work imagines America’s first laissez-faire capitalist, a young man inspired by a chance encounter with Adam Smith to put his faith in the free market. But his path to riches becomes inextricably entangled with that of an educated slave, a man who knows from experience that one person's profit is another’s loss, in this parable about the true cost of inequality.

ADMISSIONS
• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: February 15, 2018
• Opening: March 12, 2018
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Directed by Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Ben Edelman, Andrew Garman, Jessica Hecht, Dana Ivey, and Sally Murphy

Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at The Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband, the school's Headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values, with convulsive results.

GOOD FOR OTTO
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
• First Preview: February 20, 2018
• Opening: March 8, 2018
• Playwright: David Rabe
• Director: Scott Elliott
• Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Rileigh McDonald, Rosie O'Donnell and Michael Rabe

Like their patients and their families, Dr. Michaels, his colleague Evangeline and the clinic itself teeter between breakdown and survival, wielding dedication and humanity against the cunning, inventive adversary of mental illness, to hold onto the need to fight - and to live.

THE WINTER'S TALE
• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: March 11, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Arin Arbus
• Cast: TBA

A tyrant’s accusations of infidelity, a shattered family and marriage, miraculous rescue of children, a thief so clever we take his side, Time personified, a statue magically sprung to life, and, not to forget, a ferocious bear: only Shakespeare could make a story as fantastically eventful and improbable into cohesive, soul-stirring drama.

THIS FLAT EARTH
• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: March 16, 2018
• Opening: April 9, 2018
• Playwright: Lindsay Ferrentino
• Director: Rebecca Taichman
• Cast: TBA

At a middle school in this seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. Stuck at home in a state of shocked limbo, Julie and Zander, two thirteen-year-olds, try to make sense of the chaos they witnessed, their awkward crushes, and an infinitely more complicated future — but the grown-ups are no help at all. An urgent response to our times, This Flat Earth is a startling and deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.

MISS YOU LIKE HELL
• The Public Theater/Newman Theater
• First Preview: March 20, 2018
• Opening: April 10, 2018
• Music: Erin McKeown
• Lyrics: Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown
• Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes
• Director: Trip Cullman
• Cast: Danny Bolero, Andrew Cristi, Latoya Edwards, Shawna M. Hamic, Gizel Jimenez, David Patrick Kelly, Michael Mulheren, Daphne Rubin-Vega

Two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega is Beatriz, flawed mom to 16 year-old Olivia, and an undocumented immigrant on the verge of deportation. After living estranged from each other for years, a mother and daughter embark on a road trip that crosses state lines. Together they meet Americans of different backgrounds, shared dreams, and complicated truths in this powerful new show with vast heart and fierce humor.

MLIMA'S TALE
• The Public Theater
• First Preview: March 27, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Lynn Nottage
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

Taking us on a journey from the heart of Africa and around the world, MLIMA'S TALE is the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Following a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself, Mlima leads us through memory and fear, history and tradition, want and need, and reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.

KING LEAR
• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• First Preview: April 7, 2018
• Opening: April 15, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Gregory Doran
• Cast: Sir Antony Sher

There are Shakespeare kings, and then there is Lear—rain-raving madman, dad with daughter issues, and a role that actors wait a lifetime to play. In this bold offering from RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company (King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, 2016 Winter/Spring), inimitable Olivier Award-winning actor Sir Antony Sher (Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts I & II, 2016 Winter/Spring) rises to that teetering throne, giving a career-defining performance as the all-too-trusting monarch in the twilight of his sanity.

DANCE NATION
• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: April 13, 2018
• Opening: May 7, 2018
• Playwright: Clare Barron
• Director: Lee Sunday Evans
• Cast: TBA

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• First Preview: May 8, 2018
• Opening: May 13, 2018
• Playwright: Eugene O'Neill
• Director: Richard Eyre
• Cast: Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, Matthew Beard, Rory Keenan, Jessica Regan

The Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork spills out over a single day at the Tyrones’ Connecticut summer home, as a series of blistering revelations test the ties that have tenuously bound the couple and their sons, Jamie and Edmund, through the years. Charting their descent as day turns to night and the fog rolls in from the sea, this devastating production is a vibrating study of love, illness, and addiction— to drink, drugs, and the shadows of the past.

TWELFTH NIGHT
• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: May 10, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Maria Aitken
• Cast: TBA

This beloved comedy is an engaging mixture of mischief, unrequited love and gender confusion—all interwoven with music and some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language. Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery.

THIS AIN’T NO DISCO
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: May 11, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz
• Book: Rick Elice
• Director: Trip Cullman
• Cast: TBA

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.

THE GREAT LEAP
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Stage 2
• First Preview: May 23, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Lauren Yee
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from Yee’s father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career.

FAIRVIEW
• Soho Rep
• First Preview: May 29, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Jackie Sibblies Drury
• Directed by Sarah Benson
• Cast: TBD

The Frasier family hasn’t been the same since Braden died, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. But the silverware’s wrong, the radio’s on the fritz, Keisha is late, Jasmine is drinking, Dayton isn’t helping, and Mama won’t come downstairs.

LOG CABIN
• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: June 1, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Playwright: Jordan Harrison
• Director: Pam McKinnon
• Cast: TBA

It’s a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it’s 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – see themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it’s clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Jordan Harrison’s pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you’d least expect.

LOVE AND INTRIGUE
• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Friedrich Schiller
• Director: Lev Dodin
• Cast: Danila Kozlovsky, Ksenia Rappoport and Elizaveta Boyarskaya

Two young lovers meet their fate in German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller’s tragedy of class warfare and courtly intrigue, which remains as prescient today as when it was first performed in 1787. Russia’s Maly Drama Theatre, led by the incomparable Lev Dodin, stages this biting indictment of despotism and immorality among the ruling classes with signature immediacy, breathing vital new life into a lesser-known classic.

FIRE IN DREAMLAND
• The Public Theater
• First Preview: July 17, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Rinne Groff
• Director: Marissa Wolf
• Cast: TBD

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.

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