Vineyard Theatre Announces 2023/2024 Season
Vineyard Theatre has announced the company’s upcoming 41st Season, which will include two full productions. The season will begin with the world premiere of Scene Partners by John J. Caswell Jr., Vineyard Theatre’s 2020-21 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award winner, directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, starring two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest and the New York City premiere of Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy by Sarah Gancher, directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak. Both productions will open at Vineyard Theatre.
Artistic Director Sarah Stern says, "We are excited to bring audiences two extraordinary shows this season, written by two of the most gifted and original playwrights in the theatre. John J. Caswell, Jr. was a resident artist at the Vineyard as the recipient of our Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and when he gave us his first draft of Scene Partners, we knew instantly that we had to bring it to the stage. It's a wildly imaginative and deeply felt tale of a woman determined to pursue her dreams in Hollywood, and it will open our season in the fall, directed by the visionary Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin. We are thrilled that the incomparable two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, whose work we have long admired, will make her Vineyard debut in the role. Sarah Gancher's brilliant Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy is set in Russia in the lead up to the 2016 U.S. election. Acclaimed in its digital version, it is a deeply relevant play for our current moment and we can't wait for audiences to experience it on stage this winter under the inspired direction of Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak. In the spring, we will bring audiences closer to the artistic process that is at the heart of what we do, sharing works in progress by our 2023-24 resident artists including Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Mara Nelson-Greenberg, Nazareth Hassan, a.k. payne, and more. In a tough time for theatres across the country post-pandemic, we have scaled back the number of shows in our current season, but not their ambition. This is a season that embodies the power and possibility of theatre and we truly can't wait to get underway."
Managing Director Suzanne Appel adds, “Our mission to push the boundaries of what theatre can be and do is more relevant than ever at this moment. As our field as a whole considers what it must do to reinvent itself, to welcome new audiences, and to bring those back into our artistic homes who have yet to return post-pandemic, our season artists are ready to deliver unique, bold new work in Union Square, which can’t be missed. Our members will have first access to these productions, and receive total flexibility on the best seats at the best price. They will also be invited behind the scenes this spring to explore our new work in development, thereby sharing in the journey of creation with our artists.”
Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy will be produced in Association with Dori Berinstein/Dramatic Forces. The play was originally produced by Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York: Elizabeth Williamson, Artistic Director and Christopher Mannelli, Executive Director. The World Premiere of Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy was produced virtually by TheaterWorks Hartford and TheatreSquared in October 2020.