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.

• 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.

• WP Theater
• First Preview: March 11, 2023
• Opening: March 23, 2023
• Playwright: Christin Eve Cato
• Director: Rebecca Martinez
• Cast: Zuleyma Guevara, Shirley Rumierk

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?

• 59E59 Theater B
• First Preview: March 18, 2023
• Opening: March 26, 2023
• Playwright: David Anzuelo
• Director: Carlos Armesto
• Cast: Freddy Acevedo, Peter Collier, Sean Fletcher Griffin, Neil Tyrone Pritchard, Joe Quintero, Emma Ramos Viviana Valeria

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.

• 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: March 23, 2023
• Opening: March 28, 2023
• Playwright: Arlene Hutton
• Director: Chris Goutman
• Cast: Karen Ziemba, Sofia Ayral-Hutton, Dana Brooke, Joy Donze, Tabatha Gayle, Judith Hiller, Brandon Jones, Ricki Lynée, Kelly McCarty, Kleo Mitrokostas, Iraisa Ann Reilly, Will Sarratt, Krista Grevas, Kim Yancey Moore

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?

• York Theatre Company @ The Theater At St. Jean's
• First Preview: March 21, 2023
• Opening: March 30, 2023
• Book: Jack Heifner
• Music and Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum
• Director: Will Pomerantz
• Cast: Jade Jones, Olivia Kaufmann, Amy Keum, Hayley Podschun

Vanities—The Musical follows three women from 1963 to 1990 as they go from adolescence to adulthood. As they grow, Joanne, Kathy, and Mary push the boundaries of who they they thought they were and what society tells them about being women.

• 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?

• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: March 22, 2023
• Opening: April 11, 2023
• Playwright: Julia Izumi
• Director: Jenny Koons
• Cast: Sasha Diamond, Gibson Frazier, Kristine Nielsen, Sky Smith, Pearl Sun, Shannon Tyo

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.

• Public Theater / Joe's Pub
• First Preview: April 5, 2023
• Opening: April 18, 2023
• Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks
• Director: Niegel Smith
• Cast: Edward Astor Chin, Rona Figueroa, Leland Fowler, Danyel Fulton, Greg Keller, Orville Mendoza, Lauren Molina, Joe Osheroff, Danea Osseni, Suzan-Lori Parks, Nathan M. Ramsey, Marín Solá

On March 13, 2020, as theaters shut their doors and so many of us went into lockdown, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks picked up her pen and set out to write a play every day. What emerged is a breathtaking chronicle of our collective experience throughout the troubling days and nights that followed.

• SoHo Playhouse
• Opening: April 19, 2023
• Written and Performed by Maggie Lalley

Sex Witch The Musical is a musical comedy that tells the story of comedian Maggie Lalley's demented and hilarious journey through teenage witchcraft and sexuality. At the mercy of her then best friend Bethany’s manipulative charm, Maggie was convinced that she and Bethany were teen witches until…Bethany betrayed her. Using stand up comedy, storytelling, and wacky original music, Maggie manages to turn this honest and traumatic tale into a hysterical solo show.

• New York City Center - Stage II
• First Preview: April 15, 2023
• Opening: April 20, 2023
• Playwright: Shanit Keter Schwartz
• Director: Zeke Rettman
• Cast: Shanit Keter Schwartz

Daughter of the Wicked tells the story of Shanit Keter Schwartz returning to her homeland in search of her missing sister, who was taken during the Yemenite Missing Children Affair. She looks back at her upbringing as a Yemenite Jewish girl in the newly formed country of Israel, paying special tribute to her Kabbalistic mystical Rabbi father, as she comes to terms with her tumultuous past.

• Theatre Five @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: April 18, 2023
• Opening: April 27, 2023
• Playwright: Yazmina Reza
• Director:Nicholas Viselli
• Cast: Christiane Noll, David Burtka, Carey Cox, Gabe Fazio

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, this explosive comedy is all fun and games – until the grown-ups get hurt. When two sets of parents politely meet over coffee and cake to settle a schoolyard spat between their sons, the gloves come off as neighborly decorum disintegrates into laugh-out-loud, no-holds barred mayhem.

• 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.

• 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.

• Public Theater - LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: April 20, 2023
• Opening: May 4, 2023
• Playwright: Erika Dickerson-Despenza
• Director: Candis C. Jones
• Cast: Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Lynnette R Freeman, Perri Gaffney, Lizan Mitchell, Christine Shepard, Joy-Marie Thompson

As Hurricane Katrina begins her ruin, tensions between duty & desire surface, a levee is brought to its knees & Ruth must wrestle with all that she's ready to let go. shadow/land is a lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination.

• Players Theatre
• Opening: May 4, 2023
• Book, Music, and Lyrics by Brent Black
• Director: John Lampe
• Cast: TBA

Set in 2366 and the timeframe of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Khan is a camp heavy exploration of Data the Android's attempt at adapting the 'history' of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan into a musical. Resulting in a comedic mixture of William Shatner impressions, mutant space chickens, and Vulcan tap dancing, the coming-of-middle-age story remains (mostly) true to the original film, with the sci-fi silliness turned up to 11.

• Theatre 71
• First Preview: May 7, 2023
• Opening: May 15, 2023
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Nico Juber
• Director: Ciara Renée
• Cast: Kristolyn Lloyd, Max Crumm, Tiffany Engen, Jakeim Hart, Diana Huey, Sheri Sanders, Jae W.B. Brinie Wallace, Jessie Alagna, Kathel Griffin

Meet Brenda: a single Millennial mom who wants to do better “adulting” like the seemingly perfect Jake’s Mom at her daughter’s school. Brenda is finally ready for love and creativity in her life when her younger #influencer sister Katrina shows up at her house, eight months pregnant, totally unprepared for motherhood. The three women must shed the Greek chorus of social media filters on their lives to achieve their dreams.

• 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.

• Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: April 25, 2023
• Opening: May 18, 2023
• Playwright: Emma Sheanshang
• Director: Dan Algrant
• Cast: Maddie Corman, Kerry Bishé, Natalie Woolams-Torres, Jess Gabor, Mehran Kaghani, Carl Hendrick Louis, Robyn Peterson

Set in a New York City Buddhist Center, a diverse group of people come together in an attempt to heal their personal turmoil. When a new member disrupts the status quo, heated confrontations and deep meditations unfold.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Lincoln Center Theater @ Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: June 23, 2023
• Opening: July 20, 2023
• Playwright: Candrice Jones
• Director:  Lileana Blain-Cruz
• Cast: TBA

Flex tells the story of a girls’ high school basketball team from Plainnole, Arkansas. It’s 1997, and the women of the Lady Train team are inspired by the successes of the WNBA. With aspirations of going pro, they must first navigate the pressures of being young, Black, and female in rural Arkansas. Will their fouls off the court tear their team apart? Or can they keep their pact to stick together through hell or high water?

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