The Public Theater revealed details of its upcoming 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season today, which will feature eight new productions, including a world premiere musical The Visitor, a New York premiere musical Soft Power, three world premiere plays (The Michaels, Coal Country, and Cullud Wattah), a New York premiere play The Vagrant Trilogy, and two major revivals (A Bright Room Called Day and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf).
The Public Theater kicks off its 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season with the New York premiere of Soft Power, featuring a book and lyrics by David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Jeanine Tesori and directed by Leigh Silverman.
Soft Power is a co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group.
Performances are staged in the Public's Newman Theater.
Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori bring their groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere. One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, Soft Power is an exploration of America's current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all—why do we love democracy? And should we?