NEW YORK CITY: Vineyard Theatre has announced two of three plays that will make up its 2015–16 season. The works thus far announced are a new Colman Domingo play directed by Susan Stroman and a new Paula Vogel play. They’ve also teased the opener of their 2016–17 season, a new musical by John Kander and Greg Pierce.
Colman Domingo’s newest play Dot will come to the Vineyard in early 2016. The play, which recently had its world premiere at the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, is about Dotty, who is diagnosed with dementia, and about the various ways her children react to these new circumstances. Stroman will direct. Domingo’s one-man show A Boy and His Soul had its world premiere at the Vineyard in 2009.
Next will be Vogel’s Indecent, a play with music about the events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, a piece some Jews saw as libelous. The play, co-commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: the U.S. History Cycle, is cocreated and directed by Rebecca Taichman, who will helm the play’s productions at Yale Rep and at La Jolla Playhouse prior to its NYC debut.
A third production is yet to be announced, presumably for next fall. Meanwhile, as previously announced, the fall of 2016 will see the opening of the new musical Kid Victory, with music by Kander and book and lyrics by Pierce. The musical follows 17-year-old Luke, who returns to his family after disappearing for a year. The musical had its world premiere at Virginia’s Signature Theatre this past February under the direction of Liesl Tommy, who will also direct the Vineyard engagement.