Vineyard Theatre announces two new productions


The off-Broadway non-profit Vineyard Theatre has announced two New York premiere productions for its upcoming 2015-2016 season:

In early 2016 Tony Award-winning director Susan Stroman returns to the Vineyard Theatre to direct Colman Domingo's comic-drama Dot.

Synopsis: "Dot concerns what happens when family matriarch Dotty and her three adult children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to navigate life with dementia, her children fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. A testament to the enduring bonds of family, this hilarious and moving new play grapples unforgettably with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of an inner city neighborhood."

This will be followed by the NY premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's play with music Indecent in Spring 2016. The piece is co-created and directed by Rebecca Taichman.

Synopsis: "Indecent is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's 'God of Vengeance,' a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it."

A third production, as part of Vineyard Theatre's 2015-2016 season, is yet to be announced.

However, the first production of its 2016-2017 season will be a co-production with Signature Theatre of the off-Broadway premiere of new musical Kid Victory, featuring music by John Kander, and book & lyrics by Greg Pierce. Directed by Liesl Tommy, the production is expected to begin performances in Fall 2016.

The next Vineyard production is Gloria, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Evan Cabnet, which begins previews on 28 May 2015, before an official opening on 15 June, with a limited run through to 3 July 2015.

- by Tom Millward