SHOWS AND TICKETS
- Magic Show
- Performance Art
- Solo Performance
- Stand-up/Sketch Comedy
AND reset dates
The season will feature 11 theatrical productions. The fall lineup includes an adaptation of Roberto Bolaño's novel Distant Star presented by the theater company Caborca (September 14-October 1); Blackouts by "Drag fabulist" Dickie Beau (October 5-8); Katherine Brook, Toni Enelow, and Taylor Brook's The Power of Emotion: The Apartment (October 11-21); Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty's Why Why Always, featuring Jim Fletcher (October 12-29). Wintertime will see Jack and the Beanstalk, created by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz (December 6-23).
In 2018, the venue will present Fabrice Melquiot and Paul Desveaux's Pollock, featuring Jim Fletcher and Birgit Huppuch (February 15-25); Modesto Flako Jimene's Listen for My Dear Brooklyn (March 14-31); Deborah Stein and Suli Holum's The Wholehearted (March 15-April 1); Eliza Bent's Aloha, Aloha or When I Was Queen (April 4-21); Elevator Repair Service's Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf, written by Kate Scelsa and directed by John Collins (late May-June 17); and the Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble's Month of a Million Likes (June 7-30).
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 21st century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values — with convulsive results. Admissions is a new play that explodes the ideals and contradictions of liberal white America.
Afterglow is a raw one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections among three men and the broader implications within their relationships. Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 18 and up because of its language and nudity. Children under the age of four are not permitted in the theater.
Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house only to find a man shot dead and his wife standing over him with a smoking gun. But the woman's dazed confession is anything but convincing and the unexpected guest decides to help. Remarkably, the police clues point to a man who died two years previously, but as the ghosts of a past wrong begin to emerge, a tangled web of lies reveals family secrets and chilling motives, where the real murderer turns out to be the greatest mystery of all.
Ain't No Mo' is an odyssey portraying the exodus of black Americans out of a country plagued with injustice. In a kaleidoscope of scenes showing the moments before, during, and after their departure, Jordan E. Cooper's new satire explores the value of black lives in a country hurtling away from the promise of a black president.
When the world is in crisis, it's time to improvise.
In The Amateurs, an intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. The arrival of a mysterious outsider sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script...and soon the 14th-century plague begins to look like another, more recent one. This wildly inventive and funny new work examines the evolution of human creativity in a dark age: When does a crisis destroy us, and when does it open new frontiers?
An epic new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison (Orange Is the New Black), The Amateurs is directed by Obie Award-winning director Oliver Butler (The Open House).
After their father's death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy (Jamie Brewer of American Horror Story), their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together they careen down the 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. Written by Lindsey Ferrentino, who made her New York debut at Roundabout Theatre with Ugly Lies the Bone, and directed by Scott Ellis (The Elephant Man), Amy and the Orphans is a rollicking ride that proves it's never too late to follow a new road.
This new production of Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, directed by Lila Neugebauer (Everybody), honors Albee, who passed away in 2016. In Act 1, "Homelife," we meet Peter and his wife, who live a comfortable but vaguely unhappy bourgeois existence; in the second act, the classic "The Zoo Story," Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger in Central Park. With jolts of brutality and Albee's signature dark humor, this seminal play explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day.
Based on the short story by Isak Dinesen and made famous by the 1987 Academy Award-winning film, this new stage adaptation of Babette's Feast premiered in January 2018 in Portland, Maine, to rave reviews and standing ovations. Conceived and developed by Abigail Killeen and adapted by Rose Courtney, the play tells the story of Babette, a French refugee, who finds asylum in a pious Norwegian village. With boundless generosity, she throws a lavish feast that becomes an agent of transformative grace. Babette's Feast is a bundle of exciting contradictions: the stark and the lush, the stunning and the austere, the mysterious and the comic. Further, it's timely with a twist, in that it highlights the plight of a refugee seeking asylum, who through her munificence creates a lavish feast that becomes an abundant experience of forgiveness and connection that heals a fractured community. Babette's Feast shows how embracing the other changes a community for the better.
Funerals are for the living. What happened and why and who did it and how — none of that matters in the moments before. And The Big and the Small is a play about the moments before. This work is a series of two-handers, each set in identical hotel rooms in a grand hotel in Zürich as guests enjoy the last moments of their private, awkward, funny, and not-so-funny lives. Themes of nationalism, tourism, social responsibility, isolation, class, and gender roles are all explored. So too is the tension between public and private life as well as between assimilation and diversity.
St. Ann's Warehouse and Onassis Cultural Centre — Athens present the American premiere of Nikos Karathanos's The Birds, a modern, feast-for-the-senses adaptation of Aristophanes's offbeat and poetic comedy. This vibrant restaging owes as much to Eden as it does to the Amazon, and captures the collective spirit of revolution with a company of 19 actors. Two Athenians, Peisthetaerus and Euelpides, are fed up with their city and the gods who rule over it; they take to the woods, seeking out "birds" with which to build a utopia in the clouds. This place, called "Cloudcuckooland," is a surreal theatrical cosmos.
Aristophanes's Birds was first produced in 414 BCE, in the midst of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, the nearly three-decade bloodbath that left Athens depleted. Athens had been a nexus of lofty ideals: the world's first known democratic society, teeming with intellectual and artistic excellence. But Aristophanes's Birds, much like Karathanos's adaptation, was borne of turmoil and transition — a utopian escapist fantasy replete with raucous humor, dance, and music. Through the millennia, directorial interpretations have varied starkly: Some lean into the play's escapism as apolitical, while others see it as inherently political, and their takes have stirred major controversies (as with the famous 1959 Greek Art Theatre production by Karolos Koun, which was terminated by the Greek government for its leftist politics).
In his production, for which he adapted Aristophanes's text with Giannis Asteris, Karathanos draws on everything from ancient practices to pop culture, music hall to drag artistry, rites of passage to beach parties. He creates what he calls a "weird and outrageous experience," honoring the original while molding it to reflect on modern issues.
Andy McCuddy and his brother, Andy McCuddy, have fallen on hard times. When they discover their beloved copy of Black Beauty in the cozy horse trailer they call home, they take the bit firmly between their teeth and reenact portions of the page-turning adventure. Created by Andy Manley and Shona Reppe, the dream team behind White (New Vic 2015), and acclaimed storyteller Andy Cannon, this is Black Beauty as you've never seen it before. So saddle up and jump headlong into a tale wherein loneliness gives way to hope, friends become heroes, and courage saves the day!
Inspired by encounters with refugees, Borders is an urgent, moving, and occasionally hilarious commentary on one of the great crises of our time. Through two alternating monologues, Borders tells the stories of a British press photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist whose paths cross in tragic circumstances. Written by the multi-award-winning Henry Naylor, the show was one of the biggest hits of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, selling out its entire run. Boldly directly by Michael Cabot, Borders is fast-paced, stripped-down theater that conveys an epic story using just two actors, simple lighting, and a couple stools.
A comedy in four parts about an unremarkable man and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him over 60 years; and of the equally remarkable old manor house that saw and heard it all happen. From his first unsettling encounter as a very young man in 1925 to an unexpected reunion late in life, Anthony Spates's romantic progress is charted in this hilarious and gently touching comedy. The fireworks, love, and loss come at the funniest moments in this brand-new Alan Ayckbourn play.
Josh and Brennan are about to get married in Palm Springs on a lovely Saturday afternoon. However, the night before becomes a drunken, drug-fueled riot because their friend Gerry has arrived, furious that their invitation says, "Please refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns." In the struggle for equality, what do we really want? What do we lose? And is there any cocaine left?
Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, written by Drew Droege (the internet's Chloë) and directed by Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), stars Jeff Hiller through April 1. Then comes Droege's encore run, from April 5 through 9!
Chiara Atik's Bump follows three different stories about three separate quests for knowledge, all foucsed on one thing. A girl in colonial New England, expectant mothers on a pregnancy message board, and a mechanic about to become a grandfather attempt to discover more about the miracle of childbirth. Claudia Weill directs this play, presented in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by…that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman's unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the "thea-tah," provoking one another to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn't know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of George McBride), this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.
Played against the gaudy tapestry of turn-of-the-20th-century California's notorious Barbary Coast, The Confession of Lily Dare tells the story of one woman's tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madam of a string of brothels. Behind her every move lies her greatest secret: her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon.
The Confession of Lily Dare is the latest comic melodrama written by and starring Charles Busch, master of theatrical parodies, such as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; Die, Mommie, Die!; and The Divine Sister. Here, Busch and longtime collaborator Carl Andress celebrate the gauzy "confession film" tearjerkers of early 1930s cinema, including The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X.
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?"
Cyprus Avenue is David Ireland's subversively funny and savage new play about one man trying to make sense of a radically changed world. Eric Miller (Stephen Rea) is a Belfast Unionist. He is exclusively and non-negotiably British. But nowadays he is worried he might be Irish. When Eric sees a likeness between his new-born granddaughter and the Irish republican leader, Gerry Adams, his sanity starts to unravel. Determined to defend his family and his heritage, Eric's lifetime of ingrained prejudice and unsettled identity push him to the edge.
In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up questions: What truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from The Great Gatsby, this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance and educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).
Somewhere in America, an army of preteen competitive dancers plot 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 playwright Clare Barron's raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds. Every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves and a fight to unleash their power.
Daybreak, written by Joyce Van Dyke and directed by Lucie Tiberghien, is a world premiere play highlighting Armenian-American history. Set in three time periods, Van Dyke's drama is inspired by the true stories of two female friends who survived the Armenian genocide. Using memory, dreams, and music, Daybreak carries the story of these women into the 21st century in a celebration of the human spirit's endurance.
In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security opened the first family detention center for undocumented immigrants — at a former prison in Texas surrounded by razor-wire fencing and operated by the nation's largest for-profit corrections company. Detained tells their story.
None of the detainees has a criminal record, yet all are treated as if they do. They're required to wear orange prison jump suits. Their meals, recreation, and family time are rigorously regulated. Their communication with the outside world is strictly limited. There is no privacy. This is the world in which Doug and Maria, teenagers from different lands, forge an alliance to help each other's families survive incarceration and escape deportation. In the face of oppression and humiliation, the teenagers unite against a deeply fractured system in their fight for freedom.
Nora is a hard-drinking musicologist whose colleague and lover is dragging his feet about leaving his beauty-queen wife. When Nora's hijinks land her at rock bottom, she goes on a quest for counsel from the only source she has left: her estranged, evangelical mom. Abby Rosebrock's Dido of Idaho is a horrifying comedy about love, despair, and maybe, eventually, hope.
Balti and Jaker begin the play as two gay 20-year-olds enjoying the romantic and sexual possibilities on their college campus. But when Jaker asks Balti to pretend to be straight for the duration of Jaker's grandmother's visit to the campus, a chasm opens in the friends' consciousness, and Balti finds himself traveling back in time with the help of a cherub from the wrong side of the tracks.
As Balti sorts through the national history that binds him to his grandmother's homophobia, he meets a yarn-spinning rattlesnake, a Korean-American war child, and the founders of the first gay bar in Las Vegas, Nevada. When he attempts to return to the comforts of modern-day gay life, he finds that time works differently inside the closet than outside, and his old love with Jaker may be irretrievable. Worse, his new friend the cherub may be on the brink of death due to human pollution of the time-stream.
Sixteen-year-old David finds himself in Uganda as a church missionary. He follows the girl of his dreams into the woods as the Rwandan genocide erupts. Twenty years later and half a world away, he still can't escape what happened and publishes a book about the events. When a note arrives reading, "There are untruths here," David finds himself back in those woods with the boy he tried to save, in a journey toward redemption and forgiveness.
This play, first produced in 1973, exposes hypocrisy and heartbreak among a liberal group of friends when one of their own reveals a long-concealed secret about his lifestyle. When a close-knit group of NYC liberals decide to move to a row of adjoining houses, long-held secrets are suddenly brought into the open. When one member of this group comes out as gay, announcing that he and his lover will be moving into the enclave together, this group of liberal-seeming friends must suddenly confront their unconscious prejudices.
Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf is a new play written by longtime Elevator Repair Service (ERS) member Kate Scelsa and directed by ERS artistic director John Collins. A sharp-witted parody of a celebrated American drama, Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf is, by turns, loving homage and fierce feminist take-down. In her incisive and hilarious reinvention of Edward Albee's classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Scelsa slyly subverts the power dynamics of the original play's not-so-happy couple. In the end, no one is left unscathed by the ferocity of Martha's revenge on an unsuspecting patriarchy.
A hit at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London's Royal Court, The Fall was devised collaboratively by a cast of seven actors who recount their experiences as student leaders of the #RhodesMustFall protest movement, which called for the teardown of a colonialist monument on their University of Cape Town campus. Marshaling the power of protest songs and dance, The Fall unpacks discrimination in all forms, exposing the impact of inflammatory iconography as well as crushing student debt and tuition fees, shedding light on similar debates here in America.
Award-winning actor Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in While I Yet Live and String of Pearls — as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway — returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story in the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building's custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon's story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.
After several decades, Edith and Harold find themselves unexpectedly reunited on a park bench. Through the eyes of celebrated playwright Charles L. Mee, First Love examines a couple in their twilight years, entertains the joys and pains of romance, and explores how a chance encounter can change your life regardless of age.
Flight is an emotional and powerful work of art and theatre that invites the audience into its poignant story of human courage. Vox Motus Artistic Directors, Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmund (currently represented on Broadway with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) created this unique and transporting experience based on British playwright Oliver Emanuel's adaptation of Hinterland, a 2012 novel by Caroline Brothers.
Gob Squad, Berlin's outlandish theater renegades, set their sights on Leo Tolstoy's opus War and Peace, only to discover that neither war nor peace is coming without a fight. The setting is a literary salon, where audience members join the cast in a live theater-video performance in which art and daily life, history and the present, reality and fiction blur. In this American premiere, a never-ending parade of characters dance, dine, and duel while performers prepare for scenes as if going into battle, all in order to reframe Tolstoy's central inquiry: Can we live a moral life in an imperfect world?
Through the microcosm of a rural Connecticut mental health center, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe conjures an entire American community on the edge. Like their patients, 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. They hold on to the need to fight – and to live. Inspired by a real clinic, Rabe finds humor and compassion in a raft of richly drawn characters adrift in a society and a system stretched beyond capacity. This New York premiere of Good for Otto features F. Murray Abraham as Barnard, Ed Harris as Dr. Michaels, Amy Madigan as Evangeline, Rileigh McDonald as Frannie, Rosie O'Donnell as Nora, and Michael Rabe as Jimmy. Scott Elliott directs.
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 Cultural Revolution aftermath, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from her father's life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee makes her Atlantic Theater Company debut with this tender but fast-paced play.
What did it mean to "go viral" before social media? Halcyon Days is a shrewd satire exploring what it took to get America behind the 1983 invasion of the Western Hemisphere's smallest country, Grenada. This eye-opening exploration of the Washington, D.C., "spin machine" is a brutally witty and thought-provoking behind-the-scenes look at America's first public relations war. Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman) directs.
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? Among 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.
Following a sold-out run at London's Royal Court Theatre and subsequent transfer to the West End, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan) returns to Atlantic Theater Company with his first United States premiere in eight years.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June takes a searing and darkly comedic look at American culture through the brilliantly perverse lens of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Harold Ryan, a widely respected war veteran and big-game hunter, returns home after being missing and presumed dead for eight years. He brings with him an old way of thinking, one that celebrates a chauvinist machismo and American exceptionalism. But Harold soon discovers that the society he's returned to has made attempts to progress into a more modern and enlightened cultural narrative. What follows is a dynamic and often hilarious meditation on toxic masculinity and an American capitalist society's failed attempt at progress cloaked in "honor" and "morality" — and how the two are deeply connected. But simply put — and as the first few lines of the play state — "this is a play about men who enjoy killing, and those who don't."
A sexually charged, wickedly funny one-man thriller starring Tony Award winner Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as a cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
Friends William and Betsy haven't seen each other since high school. They've both followed their dreams, but something is missing: His all-consuming job at NASA doesn't leave time for a family, and she can't bear another unsuccessful round of in vitro fertilization with her partner Shoshana. When Betsy texts William out the blue and asks him to be her sperm donor, both friends are forced to make decisions that will shape the rest of their lives. Directed by Jade King Carroll, this new comedy by Don Nguyen explores a different sort of coming of age — when dreams give way to plans and idealism becomes realism.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 13 and up.
In the heat of summer in 1813, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color. Inspired by Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley's lyrical, nuanced play The House That Will Not Stand is directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz.
Ash has a blessed life and is thankful every day for the gifts of his family, his addiction, and his son's deafness. But on one fateful day, everything's taken from him. How can he see this unexpected test, which threatens to cast him and his loved ones into darkness, as the ultimate gift? Craig Lucas's new play is performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language by two casts.
In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family's only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation's cherished customs clash with another's modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family's past linger in everyone's thoughts — until a sudden event changes everything. This poignant and smartly funny new play about legacy, life, and longing comes from the fresh voice of Jaclyn Backhaus, who again teams up with her Men on Boats director, Will Davis.
Born in Mississippi and based in Los Angeles, acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and poet Aleshea Harris performs her own solo work. Her multidisciplinary background has informed her proclivity for writing specifically for actors, creating disruptive, challenging, and magnetic roles. Harris situates her work within an Afropunk ideology that explodes perceptions of how black people think, move, and sound; Is God Is explores and relishes the nuances of black Southern speech. In writing the play, Harris sought to place herself where culture has never allowed her to see herself. Here, she puts black women characters in the driver's seat of the alternately exhilarating and desolating Western genre. Anaia and Racine take the audience on a fast and merciless ride.
In Shakespeare, there are 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 Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran, inimitable Olivier Award-winning actor Sir Antony Sher rises to that teetering throne, giving a career-defining performance as the all-too-trusting monarch in the twilight of his sanity. Beneath a pagan sun that gives way to a bleak winter, Sher's Lear growls, inhabiting the self-searching conscience of a king who — after unwisely divesting his lands to the wrong people — causes heads to roll.
Playwright Sarah Burgess and Tony Award-winning director Thomas Kail (Hamilton) reunite for Kings, a scathingly funny new play about the people at the heart of our democracy. 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?
New Yiddish Rep presents two plays by postmodern master Hanoch Levin in another Yiddish world premiere. For the first time ever, The Labor of Life and The Whore From Ohio are being performed in repertory in the three languages of the Jewish diaspora: Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. In these two groundbreaking plays, Levin sculpts a dystopian vision of family and sexuality, exposing the layers of political corruption and social injustice that pervade our lives and putting them in stark comic relief. Scoffing at nationalistic and materialistic ambitions, Levin seamlessly weaves high-minded prose and vulgar scenarios to create a brilliant tapestry of nihilistic dreams.
Renowned Playwright A.R. Gurney graces the Keen stage for a third time! In Later Life, a middle-aged man and woman meet at a cocktail party and ponder beginning the relationship that eluded them 30 years ago. While the pair rediscover each other and themselves, a bevy of delightful guests rally behind them. With poignancy and laughs, this classic Gurney play reminds us of the infinite possibilities in life just waiting to be pursued. A romantic tale of missed connections and hope for new beginnings.
On the heels of her acclaimed production of Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) and her Broadway debut with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, multi-Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin returns to NYTW with Caryl Churchill's incisive drama Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. In 1647 England, power is shifting, and amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.
Little Rock tells the riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city's formerly segregated central high school, three years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision declared that separating students by race was unconstitutional. What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow south. On the cusp of the civil rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights, armed with only a book and pencil. At once harrowing and hopeful, Little Rock brings to life the Nine's untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago. From writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, this moving play honors the bravery of these young heroes and asks audiences, "Would you have had the courage?"
Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville (Ghosts) reprise their roles in Sir Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of this Eugene O'Neill classic. Unfolding on a summer's day in 1912, Long Day's Journey Into Night offers an emotionally devastating look at the Tyrone family, including retired actor and alcoholic father James, his morphine-addicted wife Mary, and troubled adult sons Edmund and Jamie. Haunted by the past — yet unable to face the truth of their dilemmas — the family members replay feelings of resentment, anger, love, and despair.
A love tangle. A lonely girl. Lost god. One angry mother.
Love Trade tests the sex games Demeter passes on to her daughter Persephone, who wanders away from the Upper World and meets the exotic Shiva. All three undergo the death of fake dreams and false longings as they descend into the Depths, emerging transformed.
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.
If you looked back on 11 moments from your life, would you recognize yourself, or would you see a stranger? Mary Page Marlowe is a seemingly ordinary accountant from Ohio who has experienced pain and joy, success and failure. In this sweeping but intimate play, Tracy Letts gives audiences a haunting portrait of a complex woman, demonstrating how a series of forgotten moments can add up to one memorable life.
Matata and Jesse James: An American Tragedy draws on folklore and the historical record to tell a bitter tale about America during the Reconstruction Era — a time in our country when many hoped that poor whites and poor blacks could find common ground, support one another, and build a more equitable and democratic United States.
Matata and Jesse James juxtaposes two Missouri families — that of Matata, a former African-American slave, with that of of Jesse James, known as a friend to the poor who'd fought for the Confederacy. Can these poor Americans find common ground in the Civil War's aftermath? The color line runs deep throughout this country's history and culture.
It's springtime in Paris, 1738. Metromania, a poetry craze, has the city in its grip. Damis, a young would-be poet with a serious case of verse-mania falls for a mysterious poetess from Breton, Meriadec de Peaudoncqville (say it). She turns out to be none other than a wealthy gentleman (yes, that's right) with a touch of the mania himself — looking to unload his sexy but dimwitted daughter, who also just happens to be cuckoo for couplets. Soon scheming servants, verbal acrobatics, and mistaken identities launch a breathless series of twists and turns in this breezy "transladaptation" of a rediscovered French farce by comedic master David Ives (The Liar).
This season, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to the Public Theater with a new drama as moving and incisive as her Broadway debut play, Sweat. Taking audiences on a journey that starts in a game park in Kenya and goes 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 viewers through memory and fear, history and tradition, and want and need. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs this poignant play that reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.
The mob just made a hit, but everyone will live to talk about it. And talking they are because when the "boys" get together, it's a scream! Join this interactive show for a private audience with the Don; maybe he'll make you an offer you can't refuse. Mingle with mobsters and molls, meet the new "Boss of Bosses," break bread and heads with wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Sure, you'll be ducking bullets over Broadway, but that won't stop the fun! Eat, drink, dance, and be merry. You might just die laughing!
This two and a half hour comedy mystery includes a three-course sit-down dinner and dancing. Audience members even have the chance to solve the case and win prizes. Seven prizes are awarded at every performance and include "Academy Awards" for the best actor and actress in the audience.
A dark folktale woven together with a high-energy concert, this genre-bending music-theater hybrid starring Klezmer-folk sensation Ben Caplan is inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees who arrived in Canada in 1908. Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is about how to love after being broken by the horrors of war. It's about refugees who get out before it's too late and those who get out after it's too late. And it's about looking into the eyes of God.
Set in Blackpool, England, 1953, not long after Queen Elizabeth's coronation, this real-life story is packed with gritty Northern comedy coupled with a heartbreaking emotional punch. Yorkshire miners Eddy and Tommy head to Blackpool with most of their town for the annual Pit Close Wakes holiday. However, Eddy had almost missed the bus and turns up with no suitcase. Now the lads have checked into the surprisingly empty Withering Heights on Sea guesthouse, run by the caustic and alarmingly odd Gladys, her rebellious and very flirty daughter Maureen, and the infamous Red Ethel, ex-communist stripper show girl. Upstairs, Mr. Elbridge is trying to muster the courage to unleash any of his three female alter egos and walk the fabled transvestite walk from north to south pier as a woman. As events unfold, six lives will be changed forever, and as Eddy reveals a shocking truth, it will lead to a lifetime of activism: the fight for equality and freedom for the LGBT community.
Mel and Arjun have embarked on a last-minute camping trip to take refuge from the brewing storm of their lives. Georgia is studying the impact of climate change on the imperiled Joshua tree. Navigating a world in crisis on multiple fronts, what does it mean to survive in the face of annihilation?
Balancing the high expectations of the previous generation, the doctrines of their Muslim community, and the demands of secular Western culture, Azeem Bhatti and his wife, Saima, struggle to straddle the gap between their Pakistani heritage and their British upbringing. Making his professional debut, playwright Hammaad Chaudry explores what it means to be An Ordinary Muslim. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs.
Multi-Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist. When a bright, liberal Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court?
After the death of the beloved Sister Rose, a group of her former students return to their Harlem neighborhood to pay respects. But at the funeral home, there's a problem — her dead body has been stolen. An irreverently brash and insightful dark comedy, directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit), Our Lady of 121st Street paints a vivid comic portrait of what happens when old friends meet old wounds and how old habits die hard.
In 1949, Detroit's Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance. The first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau's Signature residency, Paradise Blue, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson) is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
You're invited to a party that's full of surprises. Watch careful plans get upended when a young woman's mother brings her own food to her daughter's party — and the "right" person to be her daughter's new best friend. They put on their "party faces" and hope for the best — but when facades crack, secrets spill. Laughter roars as their revelry leads to revelations in this new comedy starring Academy Award-winning actor Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap).
In Pass Over, Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner — talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that a miracle will come. A provocative mash-up of Waiting for Godot and the Book of Exodus, Pass Over exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find.
Pay No Attention to the Girl is a multiyear exploration of The Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Silk Road, Middle Eastern-North African, and South Asian stories. Huge in scope, mystical, political, and problematic, the folk tales are examined here in the first section of a larger theatrical adaptation directed by David Herskovits. This interlocking set of tales about the deceptions of the sexes leads viewers deep into a labyrinth of storytelling.
Perfect Crime is a thriller about three psychiatrists, a detective, a crazy patient, and at least one dead body. A man is murdered...or is he? Did his wife kill him? The detective investigating the case thinks so — until he starts to fall in love with her and the husband mysteriously reappears. The plot includes Gone Girlish and Agatha Christiesque twists and turns. Audiences member don't have to navigate them all by themselves, though. There's an "answer key" for people to review after the show if they're still trying to figure out what happened and how.
In Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline, Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students' achievement. At the same time, she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When Omari gets involved in a controversial incident that threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari's rage with her own parental decisions as she rallies to save her son.
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, a modern take on the classical myth about a statue that comes to life, plays on the complex issue of class in a social world. When Professor Henry Higgins comes across a poor, uneducated cockney girl named Eliza Doolittle, he makes a bet that he can lift her out of the gutters of London and pass her off as a member of high society. Higgins soon discovers that the task involves more than simply teaching her the right dialect in which to speak.
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?
This staging combines portions of the text from King Henry VI, Part 3 with portions of Richard III to create a version of this iconic play that has never been seen before. In the text of King Henry VI, Part 3, Richard performs the role of a good brother and subject while secretly behaving with bloodthirsty abandon. Killing Henry, Richard then declares himself severed from a world of family and brotherhood; he stands alone in his quest for the crown. In the text of Richard III, he is now the central character and villain of the play. Corrupt and sadistic, Richard stops at nothing to become king and, once there, keeps his subjects and rivals under his thumb. With the two texts combined, director Austin Pendleton's version of Richard III makes for a fascinating take on one of history's most notorious villains.
After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to Dublin to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it's Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky's past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence.
Written by Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir), The Seafarer premiered at London's Royal National Theatre in 2006 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play. In December 2007, it premiered on Broadway in a production nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. This revival at the Irish Repertory Theatre stars Matthew Broderick.
In Seagullmachine, an ensemble takes refuge in an abandoned theater, caught in the struggle between action and distraction. Smashing together two iconic riffs on the Hamlet story — Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine — The Assembly excavates the legacy of 20th-century drama to ask: What's the good of making theater anyway?
In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later, his grandson discovers his secrets, unearthing echoes from across six million years of human history, told from the perspective of a century in which every year is a revolutionary year. Secret Life of Humans is inspired by Yuval Harari's international bestseller, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
Entertainment with benefits! In this three-character comedy featuring a straight woman, a seductive model, and you-know-who, audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: the gay man. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is based on the international best-selling book of the same title.
The sixth edition of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY will feature a record 12 shows, brought over from Italy to NYC, including a special opening night event, We are Not Alone starring Dario D'Ambrosi. The 15-day, five-borough festival will close with the fifth annual Mario Fratti Awards, created especially for In Scena! to honor excellence in Italian playwriting. This year's fest celebrates women with seven female authors represented as well as six female directors. Also spotlighted are two LGBTQ-themed works.
Writer Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and director Daniel Aukin (Bad Jews) reunite for Skintight, a scorching examination of beauty, youth, and sex. Reeling from her ex-husband's engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who's 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi's son. Who's also 20. And definitely gay. Skintight assays the nature of love, the power of attraction, and the ways in which a superficial culture persists in teaching its children that all that matters is what's on the inside.
Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that retells Shakespeare's Macbeth through the lens of a film noir movie. Audience members move freely through the world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see. Everyone's journey is different.
Note: No one under 16 will be admitted.
Simon Grindberg is the world's most illustrious children's book writer and illustrator — but his next masterpiece is a decade overdue. Peter Chandler is a starving artist with unparalleled potential — but he doesn't yet know his own value. The two men are thrown together by Clair Forlorni, an ambitious editor who hopes Peter's youthful exuberance can unleash Simon's aging genius for one final story. But creativity comes at a cost. The Stone Witch is a wondrous, hopeful, and heartbreaking new play in which imagination runs wild.
On a plantation during the Civil War, a mystical tree stretches toward heaven. It protects James, a young slave, while he reads newspapers about the imminent possibility of freedom as the battle rages on. When a brooding stranger arrives, James and his makeshift family take the man in. Soon an unexpected bond leads to a striking romance, and everyone is in uncharted territory. But is love powerful enough to set your true self free? This lyrical and lushly realized play is part of poet, filmmaker, and playwright Donja R. Love's exploration of queer love at pivotal moments in black history. Saheem Ali (Nollywood Dreams) directs.
In Mississippi at the turn of the 20th century, the local minister's daughter walks the line between piety and sensuality with the neighborhood doctor, who grew up next door. Jack Cummings III directs this sultry Southern Gothic play by Tennessee Williams. The production is Transport Group's first collaboration with Classic Stage Company.
In a strange relationship that lasted 14 years and was conducted exclusively through letters, Pyotor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck were united through the invincible power of a disembodied love in which they both found refuge. Plagued by doubts about the greatness of his music, tormented by the fear that his homosexuality would be discovered, and trapped in a marriage to a woman who was eventually committed to an insane asylum, Tchaikovsky found in von Meck an "invisible angel." Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart honors their unique relationship in part through music, including the composer's Piano Trio in A minor.
Teenage Dick is a brilliantly hilarious take on Richard III, a Shakespeare classic about power and lust. Teenage Dick reimagines one of the most famous disabled characters of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: Is it better to be loved or feared?
At a middle school in a 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 13-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.
The cast features Drama Desk and Theatre World Award winner Cassie Beck (The Humans), Ella Kennedy Davis (Matilda the Musical), Theatre World Award winner Lynda Gravatt (Skeleton Crew), Lucas Papaelias (Once), and Ian Saint-Germain (Tamburlaine). Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) directs.
A team of artists who were never greeted inside the hallowed halls of the Art Institute of Chicago decide to introduce themselves. They paint a 50-foot graffiti piece on the towering wall of the New Modern Wing, asking people to reconsider what art is and where it belongs, while bringing dire consequences on themselves. They are marginalized young men of color willing to risk everything to make their voices heard and prove that another paradigm is possible. This acclaimed and controversial play, commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and written by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, makes its New York premiere under the direction of Jessica Burr.
A simple policeman looks into his heart and turns himself into a wide-eyed folk hero. A hungry trickster makes a hearty meal of a stone and a song. A poignant tale is told of a solitary man washed up by the sea on the faraway coast of Donegal. This is the stuff of which great drama can be wrought.
A one-act play can achieve a kind of greatness. If that one-act play is written by John Millington Synge, Lady Augusta Gregory, or William Butler Yeats, all the better its chances. With their romantic views of the past, and their wondrous sets of laws and techniques, these three lovingly presented plays, full of politics, wild humor, unique displays of language, and deep tragedy, come as close as can be to masterworks.
In addition to their artistic merit, these works are significant to Irish history. In the late 19th century, during the Celtic Twilight (also known as the Irish Literary Revival), Yeats and Lady Gregory turned their attention to Irish theater as a means of increasing national pride and identity through a shared mythology. These short plays, along with many others, were written and performed as part of this initiative. Joined by Synge and Edward Martyn, Yeats and Gregory founded the Irish National Theatre Society, which opened the Abbey Theatre in 1904, solidifying the preservation and presentation of Irish theater going forward.
The plays revived in this tripartite production are the following:
- The Pot of Broth by William Butler Yeats (1905)
- The Rising of the Moon by Lady Augusta Gregory (1907)
- Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge (1904)
It's Christmas Eve, 1932. Three New York guys, each preoccupied with his own particular problems and not especially fond of the season, find themselves in Good Time Charley's speakeasy on West 46th Street. As the bootleg liquor flows, the guys agree to band together and take to the road to avoid all the hubbub of the holiday. Besides, notorious racketeer Heine Schmitz is after them, and they have to get out of town. Over one long, life-changing night, they make some big decisions while inadvertently spreading good cheer around and about to one and all. Three Wise Guys is based on Damon Runyon's short stories "Dancing Dan's Christmas" and "The Three Wise Guys."
Cristofer and Clarence are two gifted students from the South Bronx. After two years at a local community college, where they are coached by faculty members, the young men are compete for a life-changing scholarship from an elite Northeast university. During a campus visit, they are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside.
Twelfth Night 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.
A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing's insightful two-character play set during the end of the Cold War, tells the tale of a series of meetings between two diplomats, American and Russian. The play raises deep questions: What can we do to heal the world? What is the value of human connection? How can we best bridge fundamental differences? In today's political climate, Blessing's story has chilling resonance.
In her Theatre for a New Audience productions of William Shakespeare's Othello, King Lear, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and August Strindberg's The Father, director Arin Arbus explored marriage, jealousy, and family. The Winter's Tale, a haunting late romance, half-tragedy and half-comedy, explores some of these same themes. A tyrant's accusations of infidelity, a shattered family and marriage, the miraculous rescue of children, a thief so clever that viewers take his side, time personified, a statue magically sprung to life, and a ferocious bear: Only Shakespeare could make a story so fantastically eventful and improbable into cohesive, soul-stirring drama.
Federico García Lorca's devastating 1934 drama is radically reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone, who transforms the achingly powerful tale of a provincial Spanish woman's desperate desire to have a child into a parable of modern life. Having won the 2017 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress for Billie Piper when staged at the Young Vic in London, this full-blooded production is transported to the Park Avenue Armory for its highly anticipated North American premiere.