NEW YORK CITY: Vineyard Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, which will include new works by Ngozi Anyanwu, Jeremy O. Harris, and Mara Nelson-Greenberg, who will all make their Vineyard debuts.
“Their plays wrestle with complex themes—the process of grief, the mysteries of connection, the power of imagination, the erosion of empathy—in compelling, funny and potent ways,” said artistic directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern in a joint statement. “Each evinces a fearless and original theatricality and collision of forms, pushing the boundaries of what theatre can be and do.”
The season will open with the New York premiere of Good Grief (fall 2018), by Ngozi Anyanwu, a coming-of-age story about a first-generation, Nigerian American girl named Nkechi. It will be a co-production with Audible, which previously premiered Harry Clarke at the Vineyard and will record Good Grief as an audio play. Awoye Timpo will direct.
Next will be the world premiere of Daddy (winter 2019, at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center), by Jeremy O. Harris, about a young black artist who forms a relationship with an older white art collector. It will be a co-production with the New Group. Alan Cumming will star, and Danya Taymor will direct.
Closing out the season will be the New York premiere of Do You Feel Anger? (spring 2019) by Mara Nelson-Greenberg, about an empathy coach who is hired to work at a debt collection agency. Margot Bordelon will direct.
An additional lab production will be announced at a later date.
Founded in 1981, Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway company dedicated to developing and producing groundbreaking new works by both emerging and established artists.