2021-2022 Season

VINEYARD THEATRE 2021-2022 SEASON

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Is This A Room
Conceived & Directed by Tina Satter
Starring Emily Davis
Broadway Premiere of The Vineyard production
Previews begin September 24, 2021
Opening October 1, 2021

Is This A Room is the astonishingly true story of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old former Air Force linguist who was surprised at her home by the FBI on June 3, 2017. The play’s text is taken from the FBI transcript of her interrogation – and from these pages, Tina Satter has wrought an extraordinary human drama between Reality (Emily Davis) and the agents who question her. In this theatrical thriller, Reality’s life is upended before our eyes, and we’re left questioning American values and the very nature of the truth. Emily Davis will make her Broadway debut, reprising her award-winning role of Reality Winner, in a performance that Time Out New York described as one “of heart-wrenching rawness and lucidity.”


Dana H.
By Lucas Hnath
Adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham
Conducted By Steve Cosson
Starring Deirdre O’Connell
Directed By Les Waters
Broadway Premiere of The Goodman Theatre, Center Theatre Group and Vineyard Theatre Production
Previews begin October 1, 2021
Opening October 17, 2021

Dana H. tells the harrowing true story of a woman held captive in a series of Florida motels for five months. Told in Dana’s own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, playwright Lucas Hnath, this groundbreaking work shatters the boundaries of the art form and challenges our understanding of good and evil. Deirdre O’Connell will return to Broadway in Dana H., reprising her Obie award-winning performance that was hailed as “astounding” (The Wrap), “astonishing” (Time Out New York) and “truly mesmerizing” (The Daily Beast).

Is This A Room and Dana H. will play in repertory on a rotating schedule at the Lyceum Theatre (149 W 45th Street, NYC).


sandblasted
By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Summer L. Williams
World Premiere
A co-production with WP Theatre
February 3, 2022 – March 13, 2023 — at Vineyard Theatre

Angela and Odessa are on a sandy search for something that might not be real but they are determined to make a way out of no way. When they stumble upon ADAH, that’s right THE Celebrity-turned-Wellness-Maven Adah, they decide to follow her lead not knowing that the journey could very well be the cure. sandblasted is a deeply stirring, funny, theatrically daring story of waiting and hoping, time and healing, from the recipient of The Vineyard’s 2019 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Charly Evon Simpson (Behind the Sheet), directed by Elliot Norton Award-winning director Summer L. Williams in her New York City Debut.


Sandra
By David Cale
Music by Matthew Dean Marsh
Directed by Leigh Silverman
World Premiere
Spring 2022

In this new one-woman thriller, Sandra seeks to get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearance of her closest friend, a young pianist and composer, who went on a trip to Mexico and never returned. Her search for clues leads her into both a highly charged love affair, and increasingly dangerous territory. Sandra reunites playwright David Cale and director Leigh Silverman after their award-winning collaboration on Harry Clarke (2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show), and features an original piano score by Matthew Dean Marsh.


Lessons In Survival, Part 2
Created with and Performed by The Commissary
Directed by Tyler Thomas
Special event — Live, in person
Spring 2022

Part retrospective, part reenvisioning, ​Lessons in Survival, Part 2 explores and elevates the layers of relationship,​ ideas, and​ provocation​s​ set within James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni’s seminal ​1971 ​conversation. Marking the 50-year anniversary of the historic interview, the work seeks to reintroduce this crucial dialogue on the history and legacies of race to our present moment. Building off the digital exploration of Part 1 (Best Theatre of 2020, The New York Times), ​Lessons in Survival, Part 2 reinvestigates the intimate and incisive questions at the heart of Baldwin and Giovanni’s ​conversation, getting at the root of American mythologies, racial category, and our shared responsibility to liberate one another and ourselves.


Mini-Commissions
Ngozi Anyanwu, Kirsten Childs, Jared Mezzocchi, Polly Pen, Madeline Sayet

During the pandemic shutdown, The Vineyard commissioned five daring artists to create new works of alternative theatre: a mix of live in person, live virtual, filmed, and audio performances, which will be shared over the course of the 2021-2022 season. These include Kirsten ChildsAunt Lillian, a wickedly funny audio musical about a battle of wills between two young girls and their no-nonsense aunt, directed by Awoye Timpo (audio musical); Ngozi Anywanu’s Maybe Dorothy Was Right, a short film love letter to New York and the theatre, directed by Alfonso Johnson (short film); Jared Mezzocchi’s On the Beauty of Loss (live/virtual), an introspective multimedia performance exploring the emergence of social technology and its impact on memory and grief; Polly Pen’s 56 Flowers, a chamber musical about a receptionist who finds herself drawn to the story of the 19th century composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond (live reading in person); and Madeline Sayet’s The Fish, a new full-length play following two Mohegan-Jewish siblings on a search to find out what their ancestors never meant for them to know (live reading in person).


The Lyons
by Nicky Silver
Directed by Mark Brokaw
Benefit Reading (virtual)

The Vineyard’s Original Cast Benefit Reading Series will continue with a special virtual benefit reading of Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, ten years after it premiered at The Vineyard. The reading will reunite director Mark Brokaw with original cast members Linda Lavin, who received a Tony Award nomination for her performance, Michael Esper, Kate Jennings Grant, Brenda Pressley, Gregory Wooddell and will feature Richard Schiff in the role originated by the late Dick Latessa.