May is not just the month that theatergoers debate nominations and await awards. Shows do open. That includes just one play on Broadway — the first of the 2019-2020 Broadway season, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon. Off-Broadway, Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland start in a new play by Jesse Eisenberg
Below is a selective list of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and other New York theater offerings opening in March, 2019, organized chronologically by opening date, with each title linked to a relevant website.
Color key of theaters: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Black, Blue, or Purple. Off Off Broadway: Green. Theater festival: Orange. Puppetry: Brown. Immersive: Magenta.
In this play by Prince Gomolvilas, two Thai brothers who launch a business to investigate paranormal activities. When they investigate the home of an African-American couple, who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, their notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth
A look at the effect of longtime incarceration, inspired by playwright Cori Thomas’s time with people serving life sentences at San Quentin Prison
A play/brass band concert that conjures up old New Orleans.
In a play directed by Robert O’Hara that marks the playwriting debut of poet Aziza Barnes, three New York women in their 20s “hunt for intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn’t seem to care.”
A revival of Sam Shepard’s play about the Tate family, who live a stagnant, unhappy existence in rural California. Directed by Terry Kinney
Written by Chisa Hutchinson and directed by Jade King Carroll, the play stars Brenda Pressey as Constance, who thought she had a happy life and a loving husband. Suddenly, a tragic accident splinters her upper-class black family—and forces Constance to face uncomfortable truths about her marriage and herself.
Alice Ripley(Next to Normal, etc.) stars in this solo play by Elise Forier Edie about a Christian widow ln a conservative Texas town whose 14-year-old daughter announces she is “gender queer” and starting a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at her high school.
Based on Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical novel and Joseph Stein’s stage adaptation, this musical comedy careens through the misadventures of star-struck, stage-struck, woman-struck teenager David Kolowit
Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland star in Jesse Eisenberg’s new comedy about a saint of the suburbs who takes on the role of matchmaker for her mother’s home aide, Serbian immigrant Ljuba.
A new musical by Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre) written for an a cappella chamber choir, inspired by “Internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology.
A daughter’s road trip with her father becomes a theatrical journey across more than just state lines
Shakespeare’s tragedy adapted and directed by Erica Schmidt.
Seven public defenders on a quest for crumbs of joy.
The description doesn’t tell us very much — 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….storytelling and science collideit is written by Beth Wohl (playwright of the odd but satisfying Small Mouth Sounds) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812).
Nomad Motel (Atlantic)
A play by Carla Ching, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, about kids raising themselves. ”
In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms, taking care of her brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his absent father in Hong Kong. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams.
Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon star as a lonely waitress and a short order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand – and maybe more — in the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s 1987 play, directed by Arin Arbus
Something Clean (Roundabout)
Playwright Selina Fillinger’s new drama explores the aftermath of a sex crime —the guilt, the grief, and the ways we grapple with the unthinkable.