Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.

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THE SMUGGLER
• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: January 18, 2023
• Opening: January 26, 2023
• Playwright: Ronán Noone
• Director: Conor Bagley
• Cast: Michael Mellamphy

It’s 2023. Tim Finnegan is an Irish immigrant trying to make it as a writer on Amity, an affluent summer colony in Massachusetts, where tensions flare between the migrant and local communities after a fatal car crash. When he loses his job as a bartender, Tim gets drawn into the dark underbelly of the island. The Smuggler examines how far one man will go to restore his self-respect and asks the question, “What does it mean to be an American citizen?”

ENDGAME
• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: January 25, 2023
• Opening: February 2, 2023
• Playwright: Samuel Beckett
• Director: Ciarán O’Reilly
• Cast: Bill Irwin, John Douglas Thompson, Joe Grifasi, Patrice Johnson

In Samuel Beckett's existential tragicomedy, Hamm, who is unable to stand, and his servant Clov, who cannot sit, wait in a room, outside of which there seems to be nothing at all, joined only by Hamm's parents, Nagg and Nell, who live in dustbins.

LUCY
• Minetta Lane Theatre
• First Preview: January 28, 2023
• Opening: February 5, 2023
• Playwright: Erica Schmidt
• Director: Erica Schmidt
• Cast: Brooke Bloom, Lynn Collins, Charlotte Surak

Ashling is a professional nanny with warmth, experience, and a sunny attitude. But from the moment Mary hires her to look after her young daughter and infant son, things start feeling a little off.

AMANI
• Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
• Opening: February 6, 2023
• Playwright: a.k. payne
• Director: Josiah Davis
• Cast: Omari K. Chancellor, Kai Heath, Denise Manning, Eden Marryshow, Mars Rucker

Amani grows up building a rocket ship with her father, who vows to make it to outer space: where his child can breathe easy, where there are no gangs to take his first love’s life, nor prisons to take Black boys’ best years. As Amani moves into adulthood, she seeks her voice and her own dreams. Will Amani make it to the moon?

SHEDDING LOAD
• 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: February 2, 2023
• Opening: February 7, 2023
• Playwright: Jessica Owens
• Director: Mia Walker
• Cast: David Belleville, Marlina Devery, Dominique Lawson, Derrick John Marshall, Renrick Palmer, Robyne Parrish, Eric Ruffin, Portland Thomas, Teddy Trice, Nick Trotta

On July 13, 1977, lightning struck three times in the New York area causing a city-wide blackout. In the following hours rioters destroyed multiple city blocks, millions of dollars’ worth of property, and the dreams of one Bushwick family. With their store and livelihood burned to the ground, they rely on each other to stay hopeful among the ruins. Shedding Load follows this family, from 1938 to 2014, as they uncover long-kept family secrets, confront generational trauma, and face the fallout of how a singular event can alter a neighborhood forever.

CORNELIA STREET
• Atlantic Theater Company / Stage 2
• First Preview: January 20, 2023
• Opening: February 14, 2023
• Book: Simon Stephens
• Music and Lyrics: Mark Eitzel
• Director: Neil Pepe
• Cast: George Abud, Norbert Leo Butz, Esteban Andres Cruz, Gizel Jiménez, Jordan Lage, Kevyn Morrow, Mary Beth Peil, Ben Rosenfeld, Lena Pepe

In a back street in the West Village, Jacob Towney tries to save the restaurant that has been his home for longer than he can remember and release his daughter to the life he dreams she can have. His place is a home for the odd ghosts of the village. It is out of place and out of time and running out of luck.

THE WANDERERS
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: January 26, 2023
• Opening: February 16, 2023
• Playwright: Anna Ziegler
• Director: Barry Edelstein
• Cast: Katie Holmes, Sarah Cooper, Lucy Freyer, Dave Klasko, Eddie Kaye Thomas

Orthodox Jews Esther and Schmuli are newly married, and their future is written in the laws of the Torah. Secular Jew Abe is a famous novelist who believes he can write his own future…until an unexpected email from a movie star puts his marriage to the test and threatens to prove him wrong.

THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW
• Brookyn Academy of Music
• First Preview: February 4, 2023
• Opening: February 23, 2023
• Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry
• Director: Anne Kauffman
• Cast: Oscar Isaac, Rachel Brosnahan

Set in 1960s Greenwich Village, The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window paints a portrait of the couple's marriage, and their progressive circle of friends whose ideals do not always match reality. Will those ideals, which Sidney clings to, cost the couple their marriage?

ELYRIA
• Atlantic Theater Company / Linda Gross Theatre
• First Preview: February 9, 2023
• Opening: February 27, 2023
• Playwright: Deepa Purohit
• Director: Awoye Timpo
• Cast: Sanskar Agarwal, Nilanjana Bose, Sanjit De Silva, Mohit Gautam, Gulshan Mia, Bhavesh Patel, Mahima Saigal, Khyati Sehgal, Omar Shafiuzzaman

1982. Elyria, Ohio: Two mothers collide 20 years, 2 continents, and 2 oceans after making a deal of a lifetime, forcing them to face the knots of the past and the uncertainty of their inextricably linked future.

the best we could (a family tragedy)
• Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage I
• First Preview: February 7, 2022
• Opening: March 1, 2022
• Playwright: Emily Feldman
• Director: Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Aya Cash, Brian D. Coats, Maureen Sebastian, Constance Shulman, Fank Wood

A daughter’s road trip with her father becomes a theatrical journey across more than just state lines.

THE TREES
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: February 8, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Agnes Borinsky
• Director: Tina Satter
• Cast: Jess Barbagallo, Marcia DeBonis, Crystal A. Dickinson, Sean Donovan, Xander Feynes, Nile Harris, Max Gordon Moore, Paul Pontrelli, Ray Anthony Thomas, Danusia Trevino, Sam Breslin Wright, Becky Yamamoto

How does a makeshift community take root in a mercenary world? The Trees offers an unexpected answer in the story of a brother and sister who unwittingly establish a utopia in the park next to their father's house.

LOVE
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: February 25, 2023
• Opening: February 28, 2023
• Playwright: Alexander Zeldin
• Director: Alexander Zeldin
• Cast: TBA

This powerful piece of drama—written after a years-long process of community collaboration and immersion, personal interviews, and first-hand accounts—draws attention to the cracks in the welfare system when several families are brought together in a shelter in the lead up to Christmas. The audience is invited to step inside their reality and bear witness to some of the touching, humorous, and profoundly human instances of their combined existence.

brainsmash
• 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: March 2, 2023
• Opening: March 5, 2023
• Playwright: Sophie Weisskoff
• Director: Emma Miller
• Cast: TBA

After Maisie gets hit by a car, a traumatic brain injury turns her life upside down. Suddenly computer screens hurt to look at, a haunting reptile taunts, and why did no one ever tell her that speech-to-text would be this hard?

CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY
• Keen Company @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: February 21, 2023
• Opening: March 8, 2023
• Playwright: Lynn Nottage
• Director: Colette Robert
• Cast: TBA

Set against the social politics of the 1950s, Crumbs From The Table Of Joy follows 17-year-old Ernestine Crump as she adjusts to life after the passing of her beloved mother. In search of spiritual answers, Ernestine’s father relocates the family from Pensacola to Brooklyn where the Crumps must navigate a changing family dynamic, an unwelcoming neighborhood, and a shifting set of American ideals.

MISTY
• The Shed
• First Preview: March 3, 2023
• Opening: March 9, 2023
• Playwright: Arinzé Kene
• Director: Omar Elerian
• Cast: Arinzé Kene

Fusing live music, spoken word, and absurdist comedy, Misty is an exhilarating journey through a city in flux, transporting audiences to the streets of gentrifying London in an exploration of the pressures and expectations that come with being an artist in our time. In a performance that is part poem, part concert, part confession, Olivier Award–nominee Arinzé Kene—in his US stage debut—self-consciously wrestles with cultural representation and identity politics as they pertain to a new play he has been commissioned to write.

(pray)
• Greenwich House
• Opening: March 9, 2023
• Playwright: nicHi douglas
• Director: nicHi douglas
• Cast: TBA

A meditation on the necessity and complexity of religion & spirituality for Black American womxn throughout history. Following the form of a Sunday Baptist church service, and embodied by a company of twelve intergenerational Black womxn and femme performers, (pray) seeks to offer joy-filled healing through a dynamic fusion of song, text and dance.

THE COAST STARLIGHT
• Lincoln Center Theater - Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: February 16, 2023
• Opening: March 13, 2023
• Playwright: Keith Bunin
• Director: Tyne Rafaeli
• Cast: Mia Barron, Camila Canó-Flavià, Rhys Coiro, Will Harrison, Jon Norman Schneider, Michelle Wilson

A young man armed with a secret that can land him in terrible trouble boards the Coast Starlight, the long-distance train that runs from Los Angeles to Seattle. With the help of his fellow travelers, all of whom are reckoning with their own choices, he has roughly one thousand miles to figure out a way forward.

DOG MAN THE MUSICAL
• New World Stages - Stage 3
• First Preview: March 4, 2023
• Opening: March 13, 2023
• Book: Kevin Del Aguila
• Lyrics: Kevin Del Aguila
• Music: Brad Alexander
• Director: Jen Wineman
• Cast: TBA

Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it's time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!! How hard could it be?

THE HARDER THEY COME
• Public Theater/Newman Theater
• First Preview: February 16, 2023
• Opening: March 15, 2023
• Book: Suzan-Lori Parks
• Lyrics: Jimmy Cliff
• Music: Jimmy Cliff
• Director:  Tony Taccone
• Cast: Jeannette Bayardelle, Shawn Bowers, Andrew Clarke, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Dana Marie Ingraham, Dominique Johnson, Chelsea-Ann Jones, Dudney Joseph Jr, Dwight Xavier Leslie, Morgan McGhee, Meecah, Jacob Ming-Trent, Alysha Morgan, Ken Robinson, Housso Semon

The Harder They Come the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, eager to become a star. After falling in love and cutting a record deal with a powerful music mogul, Ivan soon learns that the game is rigged, and as he becomes increasingly defiant, he finds himself in a battle that threatens not only his life, but the very fabric of Jamaican society.

YES, I CAN SAY THAT!
• 59E59 Theater A
• First Preview: March 4, 2023
• Opening: March 21, 2023
• Playwright: Judy Gold, Eddie Sarfaty
• Director: BD Wong
• Cast: Judy Gold

Judy Gold knows the value of a good joke – and the steep price of silencing comedians. Unnerved and infuriated, Judy shares her reverence for the intimacy of collective laughter and her passion for the vital work comedians do to bring us together, make us think, and speak truth to power.

SANCOCHO
• WP Theater
• First Preview: March 11, 2023
• Opening: March 23, 2023
• Playwright: Christin Eve Cato
• Director: Rebecca Martinez
• Cast: TBA

Simmering between two Puerto Rican sisters is a family tension that finally comes to a boil. Forced to confront the reality of their father’s rapidly declining health, Renata and Caridad clash over cultural divides, unearth old wounds, and reveal long-buried secrets. As Caridad’s sancocho bubbles on the stove, will the two sisters reconcile their past resentments to face their uncertain futures – together?

DÍA Y NOCHE
• 59E59 Theater B
• First Preview: March 18, 2023
• Opening: March 26, 2023
• Playwright: David Anzuelo
• Director: Carlos Armesto
• Cast: TBA

Sex, drugs, queerness, and punk-rock. Welcome to border city life in El Paso, Texas, 1984. Día Y Noche is an unfiltered coming-of-age story about class struggles and the search for acceptance between two unlikely friends. Danny is a lower middle-class Chicano punk-rock kid who thinks he might be an artist. Martin is a Black upper-middle class band nerd who is gay and in the closet. Danny and Martin double-date, watch X-rated movies, go to concerts and try to overcome great odds as they navigate the racism and corruption greeting them at the doors to adulthood.

ACCORDING TO THE CHORUS
• 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: March 23, 2023
• Opening: March 28, 2023
• Playwright: Arlene Hutton
• Director: Chris Goutman
• Cast: TBA

In the basement quick change room of a Broadway theater in the mid 1980s, the chorus girls are at war with their dressers. Will the new dresser, with her own sad past and uncertain future, be able to navigate this minefield?

WHITE GIRL IN DANGER
• Tony Kiser Theatre
• First Preview: March 15, 2023
• Opening: April 10, 2023
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Michael R. Jackson
• Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
• Cast: Liz Lark Brown, Kayla Davion, Latoya Edwards, Jennifer Fouché, Morgan Siobhan Green, Molly Hager, Vincent Jamal Hooper, James Jackson, Jr., Tarra Conner Jones, Alyse Alan Louis, Lauren Marcus, Eric William Morris

The citizens of the soap opera town Allwhite face high-stakes drama and intrigue all the days of their lives. But Keesha Gibbs and the other Blackgrounds have been relegated to backburner stories of slavery and police violence for all of theirs. Keesha is determined to step out of the Blackground and into the center of Allwhite’s juiciest stories. Can Keesha handle the Allwhite attention—especially from the Allwhite Killer on the loose? What role do the other Blackgrounds play in Keesha’s Allwhite schemes? And just whose story is this anyway?

REGRETFULLY, SO THE BIRDS ARE
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: March 22, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Julia Izumi
• Director: Jenny Koons
• Cast: TBA

Arson. Affairs. Incest. Murder... are only the beginning of problems for the Whistler siblings. Mora’s gotta find her birth mother, Neel’s gotta find himself, and Illy’s gotta keep her piece of the sky... but the birds have other plans.

FUENTE OVEJUNA
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: Apil 29, 2023
• Playwright: Lope De Vega
• Director: Flordelino Lagundine
• Cast: TBA

A masterpiece of the Spanish Golden Age, Fuente Ovejuna (1612) is a prophetically modern drama by Lope de Vega, history’s most prolific dramatist. It recounts a violent peasant uprising against an aristocratic lord who rapes socially powerless women with impunity and highlights the heroism of one remarkable woman who dares to lead as others shrink in fear. The heroine Laurencia’s brave stand foreshadows movements for systemic change and individual rights that occurred in the ages after Lope.

BERNARDA'S DAUGHTERS
• The Chelsea Factory
• Opening: May 2, 2023
• Playwright: Dominique Rider
• Director: Diane Exavier
• Cast: TBA

It’s a sweltering summer in Flatbush. In a neighborhood overrun by wrecking crews and new construction, the five Abellard sisters take refuge in their family home. In spite of their jovial, teasing conversations, the sisters are mourning the death of their father and the changing neighborhood. Each of them is also confronting personal losses of their youth and their dreams for the future. Inspired by the classic play House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, but bracingly contemporary, Bernarda’s Daughters confronts issues of class, race, gentrification, and where a woman’s place is in a rapidly changing world. Drenched in sparkling, witty dialog, Bernarda’s Daughters is a thrilling, engrossing exploration of a family at a crossroads.

KING JAMES
• Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage I
• First Preview: May 2, 2022
• Opening: May 16, 2022
• Playwright: Rajiv Joseph
• Director: Kenny Leon
• Cast: Glenn Davis, Chris Perfetti

“King” LeBron James’s reign in Cleveland brings promise, prosperity and renewal to a city in desperate need of all three. It also brings together two unlikely friends in a bond forged by fandom. Told over twelve years (from LeBron's rookie season to an NBA Championship) King James is an intimate exploration of the place that sports occupy in our lives and relationships. Ensemble member Rajiv Joseph's clever and fast-paced comedy traces the arcs of two friends whose turbulent relationship is best navigated through their shared love of basketball—and the endless amiable arguments that erupt from that love. All the while, the promise and burden of LeBron's talent and legacy loom large.

PRIMARY TRUST
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: May 4, 2023
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Eboni Booth
• Director: Knud Adams
• Cast: William Jackson Harper, April Matthis

Meet Kenneth, a 36-year-old bookstore worker who spends his evenings sipping mai tais at the local tiki bar. When he’s suddenly laid off, Kenneth finally begins to face a world he's long avoided – with transformative and even comical results.

WET BRAIN
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: May 17, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: John J. Caswell, Jr.
• Director: Dustin Wills
• Cast: TBA

In a crumbling house in Arizona, a family haunted by addiction — and hardened into smart-asses — wrestles with the alcoholic ruin of its patriarch… who may or may not be repeatedly abducted by aliens.

THE DOCTOR
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: June 3, 2023
• Opening: June 13, 2023
• Playwright: Robert Icke, adapted from Arthur Schnitzler
• Director: Robert Icke
• Cast: Juliet Stevenson

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry.

In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.

ORPHEUS DESCENDING
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: July 9, 2023
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Erica Schmidt
• Cast: Christopher Abbott, Maggie Siff

Tennessee Williams’s steamy and lyrical Orpheus Descending is a love story and a tragedy, telling of the passion of a storekeeper’s wife and a wandering guitar player and their doomed escape attempt from a hell of small-mindedness. Set in a dry-goods store in the 1950s deep South, the play’s toxic brew of Jim Crow, xenophobia, and provincialism evokes an American past that unfortunately is not the past, with open acceptance of hatred leading inevitably to violence.


 
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