The 2017-18 Signature Theatre Season will feature plays by three Pulitzer Prize-winners and the New York premiere of a play by one of its new Residency Five playwrights, the company announced today.
All performances will take place at the company’s Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Signature is proud to continue the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, its one-of-a-kind commitment to providing subsidized, affordable tickets to every seat at every performance during a production’s regular run. All tickets will be $30 for the 2017-18 Season.
As previously announced, Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Adly Guirgis will join as Residency One playwright in the 2017-18 Season. Residency One is the continuation of Signature’s core one-year Playwright-in-Residence program that produces a series of plays from the body of work of one accomplished writer. Signature will present Guirgis’ critically acclaimed plays Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train under the direction of Drama Desk Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Our Lady of 121st Street under the direction of Obie Award-winner Anne Kauffman. A new play by Guirgis will be presented during the 2018-19 Season and is available for purchase as part of this season’s subscription package.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks, whose plays The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead and Venus were part of the 2016-17 Season, completes her Residency One this fall with The Red Letter Plays, which will be presented simultaneously in separate theatres at the Center. Fucking A will be directed by Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney and In the Blood will be helmed by Obie Award-winner Sarah Benson.
Signature Theatre Legacy Program
Signature’s Legacy Program, a homecoming for past Signature Playwrights-in-Residence, will feature Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Homelife & The Zoo Story (rights pending), directed by Obie Award-winner Lila Neugebauer. With this production, Signature celebrates Legacy Playwright Edward Albee, who passed away in 2016.
Artistic Director Paige Evans says, “I’m thrilled that we’ll be producing these four outstanding writers in our 2017-18 Season, the first I’ve programmed at Signature. Edward, Stephen, Dominique and Suzan-Lori have such distinct voices and styles, but they all write with wit, grit and remarkable insight. I can’t wait for Signature’s audiences to enter into these worlds.”