Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre has announced a 2018-19 season featuring six works by five resident playwrights, including two productions by Signature’s new playwright-in-residence, Lynn Nottage, and a world premiere musical from Dave Malloy.
A Tony nominee for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Malloy is Signature’s first musical theater writer-in-residence. His new musical, Octet, will be directed by Annie Tippe.
Nottage, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes (for Ruined and Sweat) will see new productions of two of her comedies, Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Signature said a new play by Nottage will be produced during the 2019-20 season.
All performances will take place at the company’s Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center on 42nd Street, at the western edge of the Broadway theater district.
Signature’s Legacy Program, which welcomes past playwrights-in-residence. It will feature productions from three Legacy playwrights: Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), Athol Fugard’s Boesman and Lena and Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, directed by Terry Kinney.
“I’m so happy to be bringing Lynn Nottage and Dave Malloy to Signature next season,” said Artistic Director Paige Evans. “Lynn is known for tackling weighty subjects in her work, but she also has a wonderful sense of humor, so it’s terrific to start her Residency 1 here next season with two comedies. And with Dave, we’ll be producing Signature’s first full-fledged musical! We’ll also travel from an existential no-man’s land to the South African wastelands and on to the American Southwest through the beautiful writing of Will Eno, Athol Fugard and Sam Shepard. It should be an exciting season.”
Signature Theatre’s signature is staging series of plays by selected writers – past seasons were devoted to Tony Kushner and Horton Foote. This season’s offerings have included plays by Suzan-Lori Parks and Lila Neugebauer’s production of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, starring Robert Sean Leonard.