Last week, I wrote about 10 new shows playing Off-Broadway theaters, ranging from the timely refugee drama “The Jungle” at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn to “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” in Union Square.
Due to popular demand (at least as demonstrated by various emails from theater publicists), and in recognition of just how expansive and diverse the Off-Broadway theater scene continues to be in spite of the continued challenges of the pandemic, below are 10 more new Off-Broadway shows, which are all being produced by nonprofit companies.
F*ck7thGrade: Singer-Songwriter Jill Sobule, who is best-known for the 1990s hits “Supermodel” and “I Kissed a Girl,” returns for an encore run of her rock concert-style memoir about attending middle school in the 1970s. Performances begin Jan. 23, thewildproject.org.
Wolf Play: MCC Theater is bringing back Soho Rep and Ma-Yi Theater Company’s acclaimed production of Hansol Jung’s parenting drama, in which a couple undergoes the international adoption process and a South Korean boy is represented as a life-size wooden puppet that is operated by a “wolf.” Performances begin Jan. 26, mcctheater.org.
A Bright New Boise: Samuel D. Hunter’s (“The Whale,” “A Case for the Existence of God”) residency at Signature Theatre Company continues with a new production of his 2011 dark comedy about a man who takes a minimum-wage job at a Hobby Lobby in Idaho following a scandal at his evangelical church. Performances begin Jan. 31, signaturetheatre.org.
The Seagull/Woodstock, NY: Playwright Thomas Bradshaw, who has achieved notoriety for his extreme use of nudity and violence, reimagines Chekhov’s “The Seagull” for the contemporary Hudson Valley, where a group of New York theater artists have retreated. Performances begin Feb. 7, thenewgroup.org.
Letters from Max: Playwright Sarah Ruhl, whose new drama “Becky Nurse of Salem” was produced at Lincoln Center in the fall, returns with a meditative adaptation of her 2018 epistolary book about her relationship with the late poet Max Ritvo. Performances begin Feb. 7, signaturetheatre.org.
Black Odyssey: Classic Stage Company presents Marcus Gardley’s adaptation of Homer’s “The Odyssey,” which combines Greek mythology with African-American history and depicts Ulysses as a former soldier in modern Harlem who is looking for his family. Performances begin Feb. 9, classicstage.org.
The Trees: In Agnes Borinsky’s metaphorical new play, a brother and sister fall asleep in a public park and wake up to find that their feet have become rooted to the ground, leading to the creation of a utopian community. Performances begin Feb. 12, playwrightshorizons.org.
Fall River Fishing: Bedlam, which is best-known for its experimental productions of classic dramas, presents a new play by Zuzanna Szadkowski and Deborah Knox that reinterprets the saga of hatchet murderer Lizzie Borden as an irreverent, absurdist comedy. Performances begin Feb. 18, bedlam.org.
Crumbs from the Table of Joy: The Keen Company presents the first New York revival of an early play by two-time Pulitzer-winner Lynn Nottage (“Sweat,” “Ruined”) about a Black family that moves from Florida to Brooklyn in the 1950s. Performances begin Feb. 21, keencompany.org.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Following a summertime run, the first authorized Off-Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ sultry 1955 drama (which has been reset to the present day) returns led by Courtney Henggeler (“Cobra Kai”) and Matt de Rogatis. Performances begin Feb. 24, ruthstage.org.