Signature Theatre 2022-2023 season will feature works from resident playwrights Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Sarah Ruhl, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The New York theatre company will also inaugurate Launchpad, a residency supporting early-career playwrights that expands the organization’s mission of producing a body of work by each resident writer.
While Signature’s seasons—producing several plays by each resident writer—bring audiences closer to playwrights, the upcoming season will offer a particularly personal view into each resident writer’s voice and vision.
Artistic Director Paige Evans says, “From season to season, our audiences can see a play in the context of the playwright’s body of work—alongside other resident playwrights’ work. This ongoing engagement with writers is specific to Signature and finds a new resonance in a season where so many of our playwrights are telling personal stories.”
The season will launch with the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes’ My Broken Language, the second play in her Premiere Residency, following the 2016 world premiere of Daphne’s Dive. The stage adaptation of her memoir will also be directed by the playwright and blends monologue, literary reading, live music, and movement to chart the story of six women who relive life en el barrio in Philadelphia during the '90s.
MacArthur Fellow Samuel D. Hunter—whose first work in his Premiere Residency is the currently acclaimed and much-extended A Case for the Existence of God—will return in winter 2023 with the Off-Broadway premiere of A Bright New Boise. Directed by Oliver Butler, the 2011 Obie-winning dark comedy centers on Will, a lapsed Evangelical who flees his Idaho hometown after a tragedy and forges connections with his Boise coworkers as he struggles to reconcile his life with his faith.
In early 2023, MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl will begin her Spotlight Residency with the world-premiere adaptation of her book, Letters from Max: A Poet, a Teacher, and a Friendship. The playwright shares letters and poems passed between herself and former student Max Ritvo as the latter discusses terminal illness. Kate Whoriskey directs.
MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Premiere Residency will culminate in 2023 with his self-directed world premiere of the semi-autobiographical Grass. With a title inspired by Walt Whitman’s 1855 poetry collection Leaves of Grass, the play follows a mother and son on a road trip with stops in numerous Civil Rights museums.
All productions will take place at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Casting, additional creative team members, and performance dates will be announced at a later time.
SigSpace, featuring eclectic work in The Pershing Square lobby, will return with a new sound and lighting system; details are to come.