A scene from Akram Khan Company's Chotto Desh, making its New York premiere at the New Victory Theater.
A scene from Akram Khan Company's Chotto Desh, making its New York premiere at the New Victory Theater.
(© Richard Haughton)

The New Victory Theater has announced the lineup for its 2016-17 season, including two world premieres and six U.S. premieres.

The U.S. premiere of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea will open the season (September 30-October 10). A reimagining of Jules Verne's classic science-fiction novel, the show is directed by Rick Miller and Kidoons creative director Craig Francis. The remaining five U.S. premieres will be Kenny Wax Family Entertainment & TC Beech's Mr. Popper's Penguins (October 14-30); Théâtre du Phare's Oh Boy! (January 6-15, 2017); Teater Refleksion & Branar Teatar's The Way Back Home (March 10-26, 2017); Liberi Di… Physical Theatre's Something (March 31-April 16, 2017); and Cahoots NI's Nivelli's War (April 28-May 7, 2017).

The world-premiere productions slated for the season are Mons Dansa's children's dance piece Paper Dreams (November 11-20) and Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic.

Opening in November will be the New York premiere of Chotto Desh (November 4-13), Akram Khan Company's first piece of dance theater for family audiences. The show is directed by Sue Buckmaster of Theatre Rites.

Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play! will follow (January 28-February 5, 2017). A musical adaptation of Mo Willems's best-selling Elephant & Piggie children's books, the show is written by six-time Emmy Award winner Mo Willems with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma.

Circus Der Sinne then returns to the City for the holidays with the New York premiere of Mother Africa: My Home (December 2-January 1, 2017).

The Acting Company will present Caesar/X, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar together in repertory with X, a new play by Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand) about the assassination of Malcolm X (March 17-26, 2017). Also opening in March will be Beth Morrison Projects, VisionIntoArt, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus'Aging Magician (March 3-12, 2017). Co-created by Julian Crouch, Paola Prestini, and Rinde Eckert (who also stars), the show combines live music, theater, puppetry, instrument-making, and scenic design to tell the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker on his last adventure.

Additional New Victory New York premieres include Plastic Boom's Water on Mars (February 10-26, 2017) and Windmill Theater Co's Grug and the Rainbow (May 13-21, 2017).

For tickets more information about the New Victory Theater 2016-17 season, click here.