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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FIRES IN THE MIRROR
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: October 22, 2019
• Opening: November 11, 2019
• Playwright: Anna Deveare Smith
• Director: Saheem Ali
• Cast: Michael Benjamin Washington

There are three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth. Following the deaths of a Black American boy and a young Orthodox Jewish scholar in the summer of 1991, underlying racial tensions in the nestled community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn erupted into civil outbreak. Fires in the Mirror was Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking response. Birthed from a series of interviews with over fifty members of the Jewish and Black communities, the Drama Desk award-winning work translated their voices verbatim, and in the process revolutionized the genre of documentary theatre.

A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY
• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: October 29, 2019
• Opening: November 19, 2019
• Playwright: Tony Kushner
• Director: Oskar Eustis
• Cast: Linda Emond, Michael Esper, Grace Gummer, Jonathan Hadary, Nikki M. James, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Nadine Malouf, Mark Margolis, Estelle Parsons, Michael Urie, and Max Woertendyke

Agnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration, and a new character, grappling with the anxiety, distraction, hope, and hopelessness of an artist facing the once unthinkable rise of authoritarianism in modern America.

THE UNDERLYING CHRIS
• Second Stage Theater/Tony Kiser Theater
• First Preview: October 29, 2019
• Opening: November 21, 2019
• Playwright: Will Eno
• Director: Kenny Leon
• Cast: Hannah Cabell, Michael Countryman, Ebony Jo-Ann, Lenne Klingaman, Lizbeth MacKay, Nedra McClyde, Howard Overshown, Isabella Russo, Charles Turner, and Luis Vega

The Underlying Chris is a life-affirming and high-spirited look at how a person comes into their identity, and how sometimes it’s life’s tiniest moments that most profoundly change our lives. In these divided times, The Underlying Chris serves as a celebration of our differences, our individuality, and the many mysterious, difficult, and beautiful things we share simply by being alive.

EINSTEIN'S DREAMS
• 59E59 Theater A
• First Preview: November 5, 2019
• Opening: November 20, 2019
• Book and Lyrics:
• Music and Lyrics:
• Director: Cara Reichel
• Cast: Zal Owen, Brennan Caldwell, Talia Cosentino, Stacia Fernandez, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Michael McCoy, Tess Primack, Alexandra Silber, and Vishal Vaidya

The year is 1905. A young and uncertain Einstein dares to envision new worlds beyond the limits of classical physics. Drawn deeply into his dreams, he is guided by a mysterious woman – whose elusive identity awakens his full genius. Based on the bestselling novel by Alan Lightman, this elegant musical bridges worlds imagined and real, exploring the wonders of human imagination and the romance of knowledge.

THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA
• The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: November 7, 2019
• Opening: November 24, 2019
• Playwright: Horton Foote
• Director: Michael Wilson
• Cast: Devon Abner, Dan Bittner, Pat Bowie, Kristine Nielsen, Jon Orsini, Stephen Payne, and Aidan Quinn

Danger waits just underneath the surface in Horton Foote’s powerful, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of an aging couple still reeling from the death of their only child. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing 1950s Houston, the Kidders' lives are turned upside down once again when a figure from their son’s past shows up in town. They deny, deflect and deceive in an effort to avoid the danger but can’t dodge the inevitable reckoning. How far will these grieving parents go to avoid the truths this young man from Atlanta might reveal?

PUMPGIRL
• Irish Repertory Studio Theatre
• First Preview: November 7, 2019
• Opening: November 14, 2019
• Playwright: Abbie Spallen
• Director: Nicola Murphy
• Cast: Hamish Allan-Headley, Labhaoise Magee and Clare O’Malley

In a gas station in Northern Ireland, barely north of the border, Pumpgirl gets few customers beyond lecherous men and cruel women who remark on her tomboyish appearance. Otherwise guarded, she has struck up a friendship with “no helmet Hammy” – an amateur stock-car racer who prefers to spend time with his unsavory buddies over his wife and children. As Hammy’s wife, Sinead, stays home alone, she simmers with rage over her isolated, disappointing existence. On Hammy’s birthday, their lives become perilously intertwined, leaving them face to face with a desperate future.

THE CRUCIBLE
• Connelly Theatre
• First Preview: November 8, 2019
• Opening: November 21, 2019
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Eric Tucker
• Cast: Shirine Babb, Rajesh Bose, Truett Felt, Caroline Grogan, Paul Lazar, Susannah Millonzi, Arash Mokhtar, Ryan Quinn, Randolph Curtis Rand, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, John Terry, and Eric Tucker

The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692–93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for McCarthyism, when the United States government persecuted people accused of being communists.

THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE
• Minetta Lane Theatre
• First Preview: November 12, 2019
• Opening: November 19, 2019
• Playwright: Lauren Gunderson
• Director: Gaye Taylor Upchurch
• Cast: Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany

With lyricism and wit, Lauren Gunderson has crafted an honest, unexpected story that follows Marie Curie during the summer of 1912 when news of her secret affair threatens to overshadow her second Nobel Prize win. Heartbroken, Curie leaves France to stay with Ayrton at her home on the British seaside, and together they confront the scandal that could end Curie’s career — and drastically alter her life.

EVITA
• New York City Center
• First Preview: November 13, 2019
• Opening: November 14, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Tim Rice
• Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber
• Director: Sammi Cannold
• Cast: Solea Pfeiffer, Jason Gotay, Maia Reficco, Enrique Acevedo, and Philip Hernandez

Fame, power, and illusion collide in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock-opera Evita. This acclaimed musical examines the rapid and controversial ascent of Eva Perón, the first lady of Argentina, until her untimely death at age 33. On the one-hundredth anniversary of Eva Perón’s birth, this presentation deepens your understanding of one of Argentina’s most adored and reviled figures.

HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• Opening: November 13, 2019
• Playwrights: Thomas Ostermeier, Florian Borchmeyer and Édouard Louis
• Director: Thomas Ostermeier
• Cast: TBD

Through the fractured recall of Édouard Louis, his sister, police, and doctors, the autobiographical book and play History of Violence reconstruct the trauma of a desire-filled encounter turned violent. A layered retelling that is both devastating and funny, the production uncovers deeply rooted societal racism, homophobia, and rage unbridled under obscure, repressive power structures until all that remains is a nuanced, closely guarded memory.

CONFIDENCE (AND THE SPEECH)
• Theatre One @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: November 14, 2019
• Opening: November 20, 2019
• Playwright: Susan Lambert Hatem
• Director: Hannah Ryan
• Cast: April Armstrong, Ross Alden, Sarah Dacey Charles, Mark Coffin, Zach Fifer, Abigail Ludrof, James Penca, Imran Sheikh, and Stephen Stout

College professor Cynthia Cooper is approached by a stranger, a young man, and asked to recall her time with the Carter Administration during the days before the now infamous Crisis of Confidence speech. If she is going to tell her story of that time – the story told from her perspective – she is going to play the President. And the young man who wants to know her story? Well, he is going to play her. This unique cross-gender play explores the confidence of a president, a nation in chaos and women in politics.

GREATER CLEMENTS
• Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: November 14, 2019
• Opening: December 9, 2019
• Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter
• Director: Davis McCallum
• Cast: Edmund Donovan, Andrew Garman, Nina Hellman, Judith Ivey, Kate MacCluggage, James Saito, and Haley Sakamoto

The once-proud mining town of Clements, Idaho is rapidly disintegrating. As Maggie prepares to close one of the town's last remaining businesses, a visitor arrives on her doorstep, resurrecting long-buried hope and shame rooted in her family's past and the town's history. Now, for the first time in nearly fifty years, Maggie is forced to consider if the life she envisioned for herself at seventeen might still be possible today.

HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN
• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: November 14, 2019
• Opening: December 9, 2019
• Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis
• Director: John Oritz
• Cast: Victor Almanzar, David Anzuelo, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Elizabeth Canavan, Sean Carvajal, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Molly Collier, Liza Colón-Zayas, Esteban Cruz, Greg Keller, Wilemina Olivia-Garcia, Kristina Poe, Neil Tyrone Pritchard, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Andrea Syglowski, Benja Kay Thomas, Pernell Walker, Viviana Valeria, and Kara Young

Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis takes his style to another level in this play about the harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking inner workings of a women's halfway house in New York City.

MSTRIAL
• New World Stages/Stage 5
• First Preview: November 14, 2019
• Opening: December 5, 2019
• Playwright: Dep Kirkland
• Director: Rick Andosca
• Cast: Christine Evangelista, Janie Brookshire, Dep Kirkland, Alan Trinca, and Gayle Samuels

Internationally renowned trial lawyer John Paris plays to win, both in and out of court. For Karen Lukoff, John's young associate, losing has never been an option either. Together, they are a litigation juggernaut. John's nephew Dan Burks isn’t sure where he fits, if at all. After a major lawsuit victory, John's firm celebrates the win as hard as they fought for it. In the drunken morning hours, left alone, John and Karen collide in a high-octane moment that will cause everyone—including the audience—to question what they know about desire, consent, winning, and losing.

WE WILL ROCK YOU
• Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden
• Opening: November 14, 2019
• Book: Ben Elton
• Music and Lyrics: Queen
• Music Director: Stuart Morley
• Cast: Trevor Coll, Keri Kelly, Krystle Chance, Alysse Ernewein, Brian Christensen, Kyle Gruninger, and Kevin Doe

Everywhere, the kids watch the same movies, wear the same fashions and think the same thoughts. It’s a safe, happy, Ga Ga world. Unless you’re a rebel. Unless you want to Rock. On Planet Mall all the musical instruments are banned. The Company Computers generate tunes and everybody downloads them. It is an age of Boy Bands and of Girl Bands. Of Boy and Girl Bands. Of Girl Bands with a couple of boys in them that look like girls anyway. Nothing is left to chance, hits are scheduled years in advance.

LOVE ACTUALLY? THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY
• The Theater Center/Jerry Orbach Theater
• Opening: November 15, 2019
• Book and Lyrics: Bob and Tobly McSmith
• Music: Basil Winterbottom
• Director: Tim Drucker
• Choreographer: Brooke Engen
• Cast: Kayla Catan, Meg Halcovage, Daniel Hayward, James Parks, Eric Peters, Thanos Skouteris, Joyah Spangler, and Tony Tillman

The hilarious, brand-new musical follows nine quirky, questionable couples looking for love across the pond, and even 16 years after the movie premiere, we still ask ourselves these questions every Christmas...Is love… Falling for your secretary when you are Prime Minster? Falling for your secretary when you are married to Emma Thompson? Falling for the maid after your wife cheats on you? Falling for your best friend’s wife and showing up with poster boards? Whether you love Love Actually or love to hate Love Actually or have never seen Love Actually, you will actually love this musical! Get ready for awkward meet cutes, over-the-top grand gestures, and Mr. Bean! Oh, and lots and lots of love, actually.

FEFU AND HER FRIENDS
• Theatre for a New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• First Preview: November 16, 2019
• Opening: November 24, 2019
• Playwright: María Irene Fornés
• Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
• Cast: Brittany Bradford, Juliana Canfield, Helen Cespedes, Jennifer Lim, Ronete Levenson, Lindsay Rico, Amelia Workman, and Carmen Zilles

Fefu and Her Friends, one of the most beloved and discussed plays of the late Cuban-American dramatist María Irene Fornés, tells the story of a group of intelligent, outgoing young women who have so internalized male views of their sex that they lash out indirectly in mysterious ways. A classic of both feminist and environmental theater, Fefu splits its audience into groups that move around to different locations in the theater. The women’s fascinatingly enigmatic gathering at a New England country house in 1935 is seen through multiple perspectives and degrees of intimacy.

HARRY TOWNSEND'S LAST STAND
• New York City Center Stage II
• First Preview: November 18, 2019
• Opening: December 4, 2019
• Playwright: George Eastman
• Director: Karen Carpenter
• Cast: Len Cariou and Craig Bierko

A comedy with heart, Harry Townsend's Last Stand centers around 85-year-old Harry Townsend, a widower, living alone in the Lakeside home he built in Vermont. While he still possesses a sharp mind and a dry wit, he is getting up there in age. Beside his daughter, Sarah, the one happiness in his life is his son, Alan, who is finally coming home after an 18-month absence. Yet Alan's return is accompanied by an agenda that puts the aging father and his concerned son at odds.

ONE IN TWO
• New York City Center Stage II
• First Preview: November 19, 2019
• Opening: December 10, 2019
• Playwright: Donja R. Love
• Director: Stevie Walker-Webb
• Cast: Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler and Edward Mawere

Three young men. One of them will be chosen. They will tell "his" story. A story they’re forced to tell over and over again about his new reality and how he lives with it – until he can’t. With riveting simplicity and theatricality, Donja R. Love turns his emotionally frank and lyrical voice to an intimate story that is shared by many. one in two is a play about what theater can do, and what it means to not be alone.

THE FOUR SEASONS
• Theatre Four @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: November 21, 2019
• Opening: November 23, 2019
• Book: David Zellnik
• Music: Antonio Vivaldi
• Director and Choreographer: Chase Brock
• Cast: Jane Abbott, Chloë Campbell, Kendrick D. Carter, Kassandra Cruz, Lyric Danae, Kory Geller, David Hochberg, Yukiko Kashiki, Honza Pelichovský, Emmy Spaar, and J.P. Viernes

The Four Seasons imagines an American community in the not-too-distant future, as the practical reality of climate change seeps in and the people adapt as best they can, shedding layer after layer as Roz G, an increasingly frantic cable news weather anchor attempts to preside over the chaos.

EVERYTHING IS SUPER GREAT
• 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: November 22, 2019
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Stephen Brown
• Director: Sarah Norris
• Cast: TBA

A typical day in the life of Tommy involves triple shot lattes, pining over the manager at Starbucks, and arson at Applebee’s. Such distractions are therapeutic when your older brother has been missing for months and your mom won’t stop force-feeding you Pop Tarts. But when a well-meaning, if somewhat dysfunctional, “art therapist” shows up on his doorstep, Tommy must finally face his loss. Everything is Super Great explores the different ways we cope with grief, and how letting someone in helps us with letting something go.

THE THIN PLACE
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: November 22, 2019
• Opening: December 12, 2019
• Playwright: Lucas Hnath
• Director: Les Waters
• Cast: Randy Danson, Kelly McAndrew, Emily Cass McDonnell, and Triney Sandoval

Everyone who ever died is still here, just in a different part of here. Linda can communicate with them. And if you believe, she can make you hear them, too — in the thin place, the fragile boundary between our world and the other one. With acuity and relentless curiosity, Lucas Hnath’s play transforms the theater into an intimate séance, crafting an unnerving testament to the power of the mind, which has a mind of its own.

SING STREET
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: November 25, 2019
• Opening: December 16, 2019
• Book: Enda Walsh
• Music and Lyrics: John Carney and Gary Clark
• Director: Rebecca Taichman
• Choreographer: Sonya Tayeh
• Cast: Max William Bartos, Brendan C. Callahan, Billy Carter, Zara Devlin, Ilan Eskenazi, Gus Halper, Jakeim Hart, Martin Moran, Anne L. Nathan, Johnny Newcomb, Brenock O'Connor, Gian Perez, Sam Poon, Skyler Volpe, and Amy Warren

Dublin, 1985. Everyone is out of work. Thousands are seeking bluer skies across the Irish Sea. Sixteen-year-old Conor and his schoolmates turn to music to escape troubles at home and impress a mysterious girl. With a score that embraces the new wave sounds of the era, Sing Street celebrates the thrill of first love and the power of music.

ONE NOVEMBER YANKEE
• 59E59 Theater B
• First Preview: November 29, 2019
• Opening: December 5, 2019
• Playwright and Director: Joshua Ravetch
• Cast: Harry Hamlin and Stefanie Powers

One plane, two actors, and three intricately interwoven stories. Joshua Ravetch’s new play explores human connection brought on by tragedy in the aftermath of a plane crash that ripples across the lives of six characters.

DANIEL KITSON: KEEP
• St. Ann's Warehouse
• Opening: December 4, 2019
• Playwright: Daniel Kitson
• Cast: Daniel Kitson

A new show about how much past the present can usefully contain. About rigor and generosity. About postcards and hair pins and a certificate from Harry Ramsdens in Blackpool. About how long it takes to stop noticing where you are. About the compromise of a full life and the burden of a full heart and how it’s impossible to know where looking back will lead. About the task of being who we are without denying who we’ve been. About the importance of regret and the possibility of hope and the delusional idea of starting again. About all the books I’ve never read and all the jam I’ve ever eaten and the bags of torn tickets and the drawers of empty pens and the inevitable sadness of ever holding on to anything. About, in short, the stuff in my house and the thoughts in my head.

JUDGMENT DAY
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: December 5, 2019
• Opening: December 11, 2019
• Playwright: Odon von Horvath
• Adaptor: Christopher Shinn
• Director: Richard Jones
• Cast: Alex Breaux, Alyssa Bresnahan, Charles Brice, Cricket Brown, Gina Daniels, Harriet Harris, Maurice Jones, Luke Kirby, Tom McGowan, George Merrick, Andy Murray, Jason O’Connell, Susannah Perkins, Henry Stram, Joe Wegner, and Jeena Yi

A dutiful train station master is momentarily distracted and a tragic train crash results. This adaptation is a fresh take on who should bear responsibility for certain actions, a theme that resonates in today’s societal climate.

ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: December 11, 2019
• Opening: December 13, 2019
• Playwright: Alan Ayckbourn
• Director: John Cotgrave
• Cast: Josh Nutbrown, Eve Burley, Alexander Thompson, Claire Marlein, Adam Elms, and Maria Sykes

Set in three kitchens over three Christmases, the play charts the relentless rise of the socially aspiring Hopcrofts at the expense of two other couples.

JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES
• Lucille Lortel Theatre
• Opening: December 14, 2019
• Playwright: Jacqueline Novak
• Director: John Early
• Cast: Jacqueline Novak

Comedian Jacqueline Novak’s Get On Your Knees is the most high-brow show about blow jobs you’ll ever see. Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that’s part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph.

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