"We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formely Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915" by Jackie Sibblies Drury, at Soho Rep in 2012. Pictured: Lauren Blumenfeld, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Phillip James Brannon, and Grantham Coleman. (Photo by Julieta Cervantes)

Soho Rep Announces New Plays for 2016-17 Season

The season will feature two world premieres and a studio workshop of a new play by Jackie Sibblies Drury.

NEW YORK CITY: Soho Rep has announced its 2016-17 season, featuring two world premieres and a studio workshop of a new play.

“I’m so excited about the upcoming season and how each piece feels like a gigantic creative experiment for all of the artists involved and for Soho Rep,” said artistic director Sarah Benson in a statement.

The season will start with the world premiere of Daniel Alexander Jones’s Duat (Oct. 11-Nov. 6), a vaudevillian and rock ’n’ roll-inspired look at transformation and regeneration that takes place at a school. The production will feature original music by Samora Pinderhughes, Bobby Halvorson, and Jomama Jones (the playwright’s alter ego). The cast will include Jacques Colimon, Tenzin Gund-Morrow, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Daniel Alexander Jones, Jomama Jones, Stacey Karen Robinson, and Kaneza Schaal. Will Davis will direct.

Next up will be the commissioned world premiere of Richard Maxwell’s Samara (April 4-May 7, 2017), presented in association with John Adrian Selzer and featuring original music by Steve Earle. The play follows a messenger on the frontier who embarks on a journey to collect a debt from a person he has never met. The cast will feature Earle, Becca Blackwell, Vinie Burrows, Roy Faudree, Modesto Flako Jimenez, and Paul Lazar. Benson will direct.

The season will also include a studio workshop of an untitled new play (January 2017) by Jackie Sibblies Drury, in a co-commission by Soho Rep and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Founded in 1975, Soho Rep develops and produces contemporary and innovative new plays.