Off Broadway Theatre Companies 2019-2020 Season: A Comprehensive Guide

By Leonard Feigenblatt ~ Theatre season is here! The following is a listing of what is coming to off-Broadway Theatre Companies in the 2019-2020 Season. Please check websites for times, theatre location, and additional venue information. Atlantic Theatre Company 

  • “Sunday,” by Jack Thorne, directed and choreographed by Lee Sunday Evans September 4 – October 13, 2019
  • “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven,” by Stephen Adly Gurgis, directed by John Ortiz. November 13 – December 22, 2019
  • “Paris,” by Eboni Booth, directed by Knud Adams. January 8 – February 9, 2020
  • “Anatomy of a Suicide,” by Alice Birch, and directed by Lileana Blaine Cruz. January 30 – March 15, 2020
  • “The Bedwetter,” a world premiere musical, with book by Joshua Harmon and Sarah Silverman, lyrics by Adam Schlesinger and Sarah Silverman, music by Adam Schlesinger and directed by Anne Kauffman. April 25 – June 14, 2020
  • “A Play is a Poem,” A world premiere one acts by Ethan Cohen, and directed by Neil Pape. May 20 – June 21, 2020

Classic Stage Company 

  •  “Macbeth by William Shakespeare,” directed by John Doyle, and starring Corey Stoll and Nadia Bower. October 10 – December 15, 2019
  • “Dracula” and “Frankenstein”: Two new adaptations of the 19th Century horror classics are performing in repertory. “Dracula” by Kate Hamill is based on the novel by Bram Stoker, and directed by Sarna Lapine. “Frankenstein” by Tristan Bernays, is based on the novel by Mary Shelley. January – March 2020
  • “Assassins,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman, and directed by John Doyle. April – June 2020

Keen Company (Celebrating its 20th anniversary season)  

  • “Molly Sweeney,” by Brian Friel, and directed by Jonathan Silverstein. October 8- November 16, 2019
  • “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” by Pearl Clege, and directed by LA Williams. February 4 – March 4, 2020

Manhattan Class Company

  • “The Wrong Man,” with book, music and lyrics by Ross Golan, directed by Thomas Kail, and choreography by Travis Wall. September 18 – October 27, 2019
  • “Seared,” by Theresa Rebeck, and directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel. October 3 – November 10, 2019
  • “All the Natalie Portmans,” by C. A. Johnson, and directed by Kate Whorisky. February 6 – March 15, 2019
  • “Hollywood Dreams,” by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Saheem Ali. March 19 – April 25, 2020
  • “Penny Street,” by Lucy Thurber, and directed by Thomas Sadowski. Begins on June 4, 2020

Manhattan Theatre Club

  • “The New Englanders,” by Jeff Augustin and directed by Saheem Ali. Begins September 17, 2019
  • “Bella Bella,” directed by Kimberly Senior, written and performed by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. Begins October 1, 2019
  • “The Perplexed,” by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg, and directed by Lynne Meadow. Begins Tuesday February 11, 2020
  • “The Best We Could, by Emily Feldman, directed by Daniel Aukin. Begins Thursday May 5, 2020
  • “Poor Yella Rednecks,” by Qui Nguyen, directed by May Adrales. Begins May 12, 2020

New Group

  • “Cyrano,” starring Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage. Directed and adapted by Erica Schmidt from Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, lyrics by Matt Berringer, music by Aaaron Dessner and Bryce Dormer.October 12 -November 24, 2019
  • “One in Two,” by Donja R. Love, directed by Stevie Walker-Webb. November 19 – December 29, 2019
  • “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” with book by Jonathan Marc Sherman, music and lyrics by Duncan Shiek, choreography by Kelly Devine, and directed by Scott Elliott. DATES TBA
  • “The Seagull,” by Thomas Bradshaw was adapted from the play by Anton Chekhov, and directed by Scott Elliott. DATES TBA

Playwrights Horizon Theatre

  • “Wives,” by Jaclyn Backhaus, and directed by Margot Bordelon. August 23 – October 6, 2019
  • ”Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” by Will Arbery, directed by Danya Taymor, and starring Tony Award winner Michele Pawk. September 13 – October 27, 2019
  • “The Thin Place,” by Lucas Hnath, and directed by Les Waters. November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020
  • “Selling Kabul,” by Sylvia Khoury, directed by Tyne Raffaeli. Begins March 27, 2020

Public Theater 

  • “Soft Power”: A New York premiere with book and lyrics by David Henry Hwang, music with additional lyrics by Jeanine Tresori, directed by Leigh Silverman, and choreography by Sam Pinkleton. September 24 – November 18, 2019
  • “For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”: A New York revival by Ntozake Shange, directed by Leah C. Gardiner, with choreography by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown. October 8 – November 24, 2019
  • “The Michaels,” Written and directed by Richard Nelson. October 19 – November 24, 2019
  • “A Bright Room Called Day”: A New York revival written by Tony Kushner, and directed by Oscar Eustis. October 29 – December 15, 2019
  • “Coal Country,” written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, directed by Jessica Blank, with original music by three time Grammy Award winner Steve Earle. February 18 – March 29, 2020
  • “The Vagrant Trilogy”: A New York premiere written by Mona Mansour, and directed my Mark Wing-Davey. March 17 – April 26, 2020
  • “The Visitor,” directed by Daniel Sullivan, and and based on the film written by Thomas McCarthy. Music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, book by Kwame Kwei-Armah, directed by Daniel Sullivan, with choreography by Lorin Latarro. March 24 – May 10, 2020

Second Stage

  • “The Underlying Chris,” by Will Eno, directed by Kenny Leon. October 29 – December 15, 2019
  • “We’re Gonna Die,” by Young Jean Lee, directed and choreographer by Raja Feather Kelly. February 4 – March 29, 2020

Signature Theatre

  • “Fires in the Mirror,” conceived, written and originally performed by Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Saheem Ali, and performed by Michael Benjamin Washington. October 22 – December 1, 2019
  • “The Young Man from Atlanta,” by Horton Foote, directed by Michael Wilson, also starring Tony Award nominee Kristin Nielsen, Aidan Quinn and Jon Orsini. November 5 – December 8, 2019
  • “Cambodian Rock Band,” by Lauren Yee, and directed by Chay Yew. February 4 – March 8, 2020
  • “The Hot Wing King,” by Katori Hall, anddirected by Steve H. Broadnox lll February 11 – March 15, 2020
  • “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992,” directed by Taibi Magar, conceived, written and originally performed by Anna Deavere Smith. April 28 – May 31, 2020
  • “Confederates,” by Dominique Morisseau, and directed by Kamilah Forbes. May 12 – June 14, 2020

York Theatre Company This year’s series will celebrate the legendary Cole Porter.

  • “Fifty Million Frenchmen,”originally opened on Broadway in 1929, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Herbert Fields, adapted by Tommy Krasker and Evans Haile, directed by Hans Friedrichs. September 28 – October 6, 2019
  • “The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, originally created and directed by Ben Bagley in 1965, and directed by Pamela Hunt. October 12 – 20, 2019
  • “Panama Hattie,” originally opened on Broadway in 1940 with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, lyrics by Herbert Fields and B. G. DeSylva. Directed by Michael Montel. October 26 – November 3, 2019

Paper Mill Playhouse

  • “Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz”: A play about the early career of Judy Garland, directed and choreographer by Denis Jones. September 26- October 27, 2019
  • “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella”: The Tony Award nominated Broadway adaptation, directed by Mark S. Hoebee. November 20 – December 29, 2019
  • “Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber”: A world-premiere musical directed by Laurence Connor. January 30 – March 1, 2020
  • “Sister Act”: The Tony Award nominated musical comedy based on the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. April 1- 26, 2020
  • “The Wanderer”: A world premiere musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci, and directed by Kenneth Ferrone. May 28 – June 28, 2020