5 Powerful New Queer-Inclusive Plays in NYC

Start 2019 with standing ovations at these must-see shows off-Broadway.

New year, new theater!

Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney is making his Broadway debut with Choir Boy, a praiseworthy coming-of-age drama about a gay gospel choir leader at an elite prep school for black men, but there are also plenty of new plays off-Broadway to sing about.

Catch the spirit this weekend with these LGBTQ-inclusive shows that recently opened for limited engagements.

Blue Ridge

Ahron R. Foster

In Abby Rosebrock’s slow-burning but shattering drama, Sneaky Pete’s Marin Ireland stars as a messy teacher with anger issues sent to a church-sponsored halfway house run by a lovable lesbian counselor (Nicole Lewis).

Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater through January 26.

Is This a Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription

Paula Court

Emily Davis leads this intense staged transcript of an FBI inquisition that led to government leaker Reality Winner’s arrest, unpacking patriotism with trans actors T.L. Thompson and Becca Blackwell in cis male roles.

Tina Satter/Half Straddle at the Kitchen through January 13.

Real

Miguel de Oliveira

The dreams of a 2019 working mother and a 1930s gay composer curiously entwine in Rodrigo Nogueira’s impassioned drama, which also examines the mass deportation of Mexicans during the Great Depression.

The Tank through January 20.

Secret Identity

Mikiodo

In Chris Weikel’s admirable dramedy, which embraces superpowers as a metaphor for queerness, Keith Weiss is marvelous as a bullied comics geek who unmasks the power of friendship and self-acceptance.

TOSOS at the Flea through February 2.

Slave Play

Joan Marcus

Jeremy O. Harris’ provocative exploration of race and sexuality, set on what seems to be an antebellum plantation, includes Ato Blankson-Wood and James Cusati-Moyer as one of four mixed-race couples. Trigger warning!

New York Theatre Workshop through January 13.

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