New play 'Misty' to make Off-Broadway premiere at The Shed

The show previously debuted in London.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The Shed has set the next show in its theatre season. Misty, a new play written and performed by Nigerian British theatre artist Arinzé Kene, will play a limited engagement from March 3 to April 2, with opening night on March 9.

Misty is about the gentrification of London, told from the perspective of the people it affects with poetry, song, and spoken word. Kene discusses the pressures and identity politics he has to grapple with while writing a new play, all as his city is changing around him. The show is set to an original score composed by Kene, Adrian MacLeod, and Shiloh Coke, and performed by a live band.

Misty premiered to acclaim at London's Bush Theatre in 2018 and transferred to the city's West End. The show made Kene the second Black British playwright in history with a show in the West End, and Misty earned 2019 Olivier Award nominations for Best New Play and Best Actor.

Kene is known in England for playing Bob Marley in Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, and for performances in Death of a Salesman, Girl from the North Country, and The Lion King, all in the West End. Misty off Broadway marks his American stage debut.

Omar Elerian directs the production. The creative team also includes set and costume designer Rajha Shakiry, lighting designer Jackie Shemesh, sound designer Elena Peña, and video designer Daniel Denton.

The Shed is currently presenting Straight Line Crazy, another play about urban development. Ralph Fiennes plays Robert Moses, the New York City planner, through December 18.

Check back for information on Misty tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Originally published on

Subscribe to our newsletter to unlock exclusive New York theatre updates!

Special offers, reviews and release dates for the best shows in town.

You can unsubscribe at any time. Privacy Policy