Sex and violence — also sex, drugs and rock n roll — are the subjects of several shows opening Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway in September (There are no Broadway openings.) But the month also introduces plays about the very old, and for the very young.
Below is a selection of openings in September, organized chronologically by opening date. Each title is linked to a relevant website.
Color key: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Black. Off Off Broadway: Green.
The Rape of the Sabine Women (Playwrights Realm)
Michael Yates Crowley uses satire to explore the serious topics of rape and rape culture
The Red Letter Plays: Fucking A (Signature)
Suzan Lori Park’s first of two plays based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Christine Lahti portrays an abortionist trying to free her son from prison
On the Shore of the Wild World (Atlantic)
A play by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) about nine months that changed the lives of a family.
For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (Playwrights Horizons)
A play by Sarah Ruhl: “Playing Peter Pan at her hometown children’s theater is one of Ann’s fondest, most formative memories. Now, 50 years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old.”
The Red Letter Plays: In The Blood (Signature)
Hester La Negrita is a penniless mother of five condemned by the men who love her.
José and Joe are neighbors, but have never found the time to get to know one another. When José asks Joe for help, the two men become friends and finally get to know the man on the other side of the creek. But as their bond grows so does their business, and the sacrifices they once made for profit come back to bite them in the culo.
A play by Philip Dawkin. “Mama Darleena Andrews– a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman — takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago’s LGBTQ community center,..Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen
The Violin (Directors Company at 59e59)
Robert LuPone stars in a new play by Dan McCormick about two brothers and a tailor who find a 1710 Stradivarius violin worth four million dollars in the back of a taxicab.
KPop (Ars Nova)
The world-conquering success of Korean pop music is the subject of this new immersive theatre piece in the theater that developed “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” The show, about a new record label on the eve of its launch, is put together by the theater companies Ma-Yi and the Woodshed Collective,
Mary Jane (New York Theatre Workshop)
Written by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman. “During a rain-drenched summer in New York City, an indefatigable single mother navigates the mundane, shattering and sublime aspects of caring for a chronically sick child.” Stars Carrie Coon.
A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages)
A stage adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novel, best-known for the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film, about a teenage hoodlum in the near future who is arrested, and brainwashed to be submissive by the authorities
The Treasurer (Playwrights Horizons)
A play by Max Posner, directed by David Cromer: “Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her.”
Up The Rabbit Hole (Theater for the New City)
An autobiographical play by Andy Halliday that tells the story of a young gay man who is obsessed with finding his birth mother and the answers to questions surrounding his entire life, and is the meantime is “comforted by a very bad cocaine habit.”
The Show Off (Peccadillo at St. Clements)
A revival of George Kelly’s comedy about a working class Irish family in North Philadelphia in the mid 1920’s.
A stage adaptation of four of author/illustrator Eric Carle’s stories, this children’s puppet show returns to New York.