2000 to Present
Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees
Comedian Jacqueline Novak's GET ON YOUR KNEES is the most high-brow show about blow jobs you'll ever see. Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that's part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph. Ira Glass calls it a "nearly Talmudic dissection of a subject. Really funny and just really like nothing else."
Red Bull Theater presents
A play by Keith Hamilton Cobb
Directed by Kim Weild
Keith Hamilton Cobb's Amerian Moor is the award-winning, tour-de-force new play that takes audiences behind-the-scenes and into the audition room as an African-American actor responds to the demands of a white director presuming to better understand Shakespeare's iconic black character, Othello.
A passionate and poetic exploration, American Moor is an essential look at the experience and perspective of black men in America while challenging the capacity of theatre to make all people fully visible and embraced.
Mike Birbiglia: Working It Out
Comedian Mike Birbiglia just finished up a four month run on Broadway performing his solo show The New One and now he's all out of jokes. Luckily, he's been developing some new jokes and stories. Mike will be reading and performing the best of the new. Which is hopefully better than the best of the old.
For sold out shows, wait list begins 2 hours prior to curtain. Interested patrons must arrive in person to the box office to join the wait list. If any seats become available, they will be sold to those on the wait list in the order in which they signed up. Tickets will be sold at full price — no discounts are accepted for the wait list.
In the spring, Primary Stages will welcome back KATE HAMILL, playwright and star of our hit production of Pride and Prejudice, with her fresh new take on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of love and duty, Little Women. Jo March doesn't want to be like other girls; in fact, she's not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can’t yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman.
Actually, We’re F**ked
Cherry Lane Theatre's Founder's Project
presents a World Premiere
ACTUALLY WE'RE F**KED
By Matt Williams
Directed by John Pasquin
With Mairin Lee, Keren Lugo, Ben Rappaport, Gabriel Sloyer
Set design by Robin Vest, Costume design by Theresa Squire, Lighting design by Paul Miller, Sound design by ML Dogg/MuTTT, Projections by Brad Peterson
Every Thursday four millennials order take-out, drink too much wine and argue over how to unf**k the planet. They know the world is a dumpster fire and they're the generation to fix it--until someone makes a life changing announcement that challenges their beliefs, their relationships and whether babies should have their own Instagram accounts.
February 26 - April 7
Casting by Stephanie Klapper, CSA; Production Stage Manager Christine Catti
God Said This
God Said This
by Leah Nanako Winkler
directed by Morgan Gould
Proudly developed during award-winning playwright LEAH NANAKO WINKLER’s tenure as part of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, God Said This is a provocative and surprisingly funny new drama about five Kentuckians facing mortality in very different ways. With her mom undergoing chemotherapy, Hiro, a NYC transplant, returns home to Kentucky after years away, struggling to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, her born-again Christian sister, confronts her faith while tackling inevitable adversity. James, their recovering alcoholic father, wants to repair his fractured relationship with his daughters. And John, an old classmate and thirty-something single dad, worries about leaving a lasting legacy for his only son. Wry and bittersweet, God Said This is a portrait of five Godless and God-loving people finding that their struggles bring them together in unexpected ways.
Max Stossel: Words that Move
Primary Stages presents
by Theresa Rebeck
directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
THERESA REBECK, one of the country’s most acclaimed and widely-produced playwrights, returns to Primary Stages with the gripping new family drama, Downstairs. This thrilling production will star real-life siblings TYNE and TIM DALY, who will be appearing together for the first time on the New York stage. In Downstairs, Teddy is a bit lost and has found himself staying in his older sister Irene’s unfinished basement, which has infuriated her husband Gerry (played by JOHN PROCACCINO.) As Irene and Teddy struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family’s troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearths a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together.
Primary Stages presents
three one-act plays by A.R. Gurney
directed by David Saint
Join us as we bid farewell to a beloved member of the Primary Stages family and one of the most prolific playwrights of the 20th century with Final Follies, a uniquely curated selection of three one-act plays by master writer A.R. GURNEY. The plays specifically chosen for this special engagement include: The Love Course, an observation of the culminating meeting of an undergraduate romantic literature course, co-taught by two of academia’s most eccentric professors; The Rape of Bunny Stuntz, an enigmatic story of an overburdened woman anxiously trying to keep her personal life from the throes of chaos while leading a rowdy community meeting; and the titular Final Follies, the last chapter in Gurney’s oeuvre of short plays examining WASP life in America, about a forlorn Manhattanite searching for the key to adulthood in the most truly, and literally, adult place imaginable.
Max Stossel Live: Words that Move
The New One
In 2008, Nathan Lane introduced New York City theatergoers to Mike Birbiglia by presenting Birbiglia’s solo theater debut, Sleepwalk with Me, which went on to be adapted into a New York Times bestselling book and Sundance award-winning feature film of the same name. Mr. Lane said of Birbiglia, “When he walks on stage, the energy in the room changes, and you realize you're in the presence of a fresh and original voice. And that is very rare. You know you're getting the real turtle soup, not merely the mock. Like any great comedian, it's hard to categorize Mike - he is his own unique creation. You should definitely just go see him and get lost in his world.”
Since then Birbiglia has written & performed Thank God For Jokes and My Girlfriend’s