Vineyard Announces Shows for 35th Anniversary Season

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce that the world premiere production of Harry Clarke by Obie Award winner David Cale (Lillian) and directed by Leigh Silverman (Violet) will be the first production of the 2017-2018 Season. Harry Clarke will begin performances on October 26th and open on November 12th.

The 2017-2018 season continues in the winter with the world premiere of The Amateurs by Jordan Harrison (2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime directed by Oliver Butler (The Open House). Performances begin February 8, and the show opens on February 27.

Next up is The Beast in the Jungle, a new work — fusing drama, dance and music — by five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman (Contact, The Producers), Tony Award-nominated playwright David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys), and legendary composer and four-time Tony Award winner John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago). Performances begin May 3, and the show opens on May 23.

The New York debut of playwright Tori Sampson with a Developmental Lab of her play This Land Was Made in July 2018 will end the season.

"Union Square has been The Vineyard’s home since 1990 and this community very much serves as the literal and figurative foundation that has supported our growth for so many years," says Suzanne Appel, Managing Director of the Vineyard Theatre. 

"We couldn’t ask for a better neighborhood for the kind of work we bring to the American Theatre. At the intersection of uptown and downtown, Union Square’s culture matches the bold and artistically ambitious work on our stage. We look forward to celebrating our 35th Anniversary with this community all season long!"

Tony-award winner Billy Crudup (Spotlight) will star in Harry Clarke, marking the theatre's third artistic collaboration with the actor.

"He is an artist of extraordinary talent, imagination and intelligence, who embodies each role with fierce commitment," Aibel and Stern said.

Billy Crudup (Getty Images)

Billy Crudup (Getty Images)

2017-2018 Season

Harry Clarke: A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

The AmateursA scrappy troupe of pageant players races across 14th-century Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death -- and medieval subscribers. The arrival of a mysterious new actor sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script... and soon one century’s plague begins to look a lot like another, more recent, one. This wildly inventive and funny new work examines the origins of creativity: When does a crisis destroy art, and when does it set it spinning?

The Beast in the Jungle: Adapted from Henry James' classic 1903 novella, The Beast in the Jungle is a journey into the psyche of John Marcher, a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents. With a swirling, waltz-inspired instrumental score, and dazzling choreography that traverses the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance, this powerful and romantic tale of love and loss will reunite the renowned creative team behind The Vineyard's acclaimed production of The Scottsboro Boys. 

This Land Was Made: Tori Sampson’s This Land Was Made is set in Oakland in 1967 and explores a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement, when the city was a powder keg of social activism ready to boil over into radical action. The patrons of Miss Trish's bar argue politics day and night, but it's all just talking points, until the full and explosive force of the revolution walks through the door

Tickets: The Vineyard’s 35th Anniversary Season and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 212-353-0303.