New York Theatre Workshop announces programming for next two seasons

Initial work has also been slated for the 2022/23 season, including the postponed 'Three Sisters'. 

Photo credit: Whitney White, Kristina Wong and Martyna Majok (Photos courtesy of Matt Ross Public Relations)

Full programming for New York Theatre Workshop’s 2021/22 season has been announced, as well as productions that will feature in the following season.

Ahead of the season, artistic director James C. Nicola and managing director Jeremy Blocker said: “As we considered our return to live performance, we realized that in addition to the interrupted commitments we'd made, the artists in our community had not stopped creating—there was even more work that demanded our attention…

After being kept from our spaces for so long, to adhere to our usual practice of announcing one season of work felt insufficient in honoring the artistic community we're so grateful to be a part of.”

Productions in the 2021/2022 season are as follows:

Semblance: Whitney White’s new work will ask audiences how they perceive the status of Black women in society, and what being Black and feminine means to an individual. Semblance will be installed at New York Theatre Workshop, with audiences able to experience the show both in person and remotely.

Sanctuary City: Martyna Majok’s play returns to the Lucille Lortel Theatre, after performances were halted in March 2020. Rebecca Frecknall directs the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s latest work, following individuals who are trying to establish a place for themselves in America.

A New Project from Kristina Wong: Inspired by her pandemic project of sewing masks out of bedsheets, Kristina Wong’s latest drama explores how new communities formed in isolation. Chay Yew directs.

On Sugarland: Set on a southern cul-de-sac, twelve year old Sadie calls on her ancestors to find out the truth about her maternal ancestry and to reclaim her grief. On Sugarland is by Aleshea Harris and will be directed by Whitney White, starring 14 ensemble members.

Dreaming Zenzile: Somi Kakoma’s biographical musical dramatises the life of South African musician Miriam Makeba, who reawakened the fighting spirit of a nation. Lileana Blain-Cruz directs, and is produced by seven regional producers including the National Black Theater.

The 2022/2023 season includes Clare Barron’s adaptation of Three Sisters, originally scheduled as part of the 2019/20 season. When the production was first announced, Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac were due to star, with direction by Sam Gold.

Other productions in the 2022/23 season include american (tele)visions by Victor I. Cazares, which follows an undocumented Mexican family. Liliana Padilla’s How To Defend Yourself sees a group of college students in self-defense workshops, and Inua Ellams The Half-God of Rainfall centres on Demi, a half Nigerian-mortal and half Greek-god.

Casting, full creative teams and upcoming performance schedules are to be announced.

Photo credit: Whitney White, Kristina Wong and Martyna Majok (Photos courtesy of Matt Ross Public Relations)