Classic Stage Company sets 2024-25 season

The Off-Broadway theatre company located near Union Square specializes in reimagined revivals and new adaptations of historic plays and musicals.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Classic Stage Company has named its complete 2024-25 Off-Broadway season, consisting of four new productions to be presented between September 2024 and June 2025. The theatre company specializes in remounting classic works, and its repertoire includes new adaptations of classic shows as well as rare revivals of classics.

The fall season consists of two productions presented by the Arlekin Players Theatre at CSC's venue near Union Square. The first one is Tadeusz Słobodzianek's Our Class, which premiered earlier this year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The show follows 10 classmates — five Jewish, five Catholic — and how their lives and relationships shift from 1925 to the present. Igor Golyak directs the production, which runs from September 12 to November 3.

Next is Arlekin's revival of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, adapted and directed by Golyak. Richard Topol stars as moneylender Shylock in this complex play about the potentially fatal consequences of Antonio, the title merchant, defaulting on a loan.

Performances run from November 22 to December 22.

CSC's first spring show in the season, running from March to April 2025, is Alice Childress’s Wine in the Wilderness, a play revival that was originally scheduled for spring 2024. Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze makes her New York directing debut with the show about an artist who meets his match in his headstrong muse in 1964 Harlem.

Next is a revival of William Inge's Bus Stop, directed by Jack Cummings III and co-produced with NAATCO and Transport Group. This production, the first of its kind, features an all-Asian American cast as a misfit group of people stuck in a diner due to stormy weather.

Additionally, from February to March 2025, CSC will present a series of four play readings called The Rediscovery Readings, spotlighting lesser-known 20th-century female playwrights.

Cast and creative team members for all of CSC's shows will be announced at a later date.

Photo credit: LaChanze. (Photo courtesy of Classic Stage Company)

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