Details about the as-yet-untitled play were not disclosed, though The New York Times has reported Smith’s upcoming project to be on “the subject of race and the state of civic discourse in America.” The project was described by Off Broadway’s NYTW as “a vital solo show.”
Actress/playwright Smith is the MacArthur and Polk awards winner, and Pulitzer Prize nominee whose solo works include Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and Fires In The Mirror: Crown Heights. Notes From the Field, pictured above, was drawn from more than 250 interviews on the subject of America’s “school-to-prison pipeline,” and featured Smith’s portrayals of 18 real-life characters.
She currently recurs on Black-ish as Alicia, mother of Tracee Ellis Ross’ Rainbow Johnson.
The Smith project was among the slate of NYTW productions announced today for the 2018/19 season.
Other productions set for next season, with NYTW descriptions, are:
WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME
By Heidi Schreck
Directed by Oliver Butler
As a high school student seeking college scholarships, Heidi Schreck crisscrossed the country delivering impassioned speeches about the Constitution in American Legion Halls. As the captivating Obie Award-winning playwright and performer recreates those town halls, complete with droll Legionnaires and precocious adversaries, she exposes the profound impact the Ninth Amendment has had on generations of women and fiercely examines the very future of our inalienable rights.
By Jeremy O. Harris
The old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation — in the breeze, in the cotton fields…and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House.
By Madeleine George
Directed by Leigh Silverman
A co-production with WP Theater
Meet Diane, a permaculture gardener dripping with butch charm. She’s got supernatural abilities owing to her true identity—the Greek god Dionysus—and she’s returned to the modern world to gather mortal followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four housewives in a suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac?
By Martyna Majok
DREAMers. Lovers. Life-long friends. Negotiating the promise of safety and the weight of responsibility, they’ll fight like hell to establish a place for themselves and each other in America.
The 2019/20 season will include Runboyrun & In Old Age By Mfoniso Udofia.