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New Kate Tarker and Christopher Chen Plays Set for Soho Rep.'s 2018-19 Season

Also, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Carmelita Tropicana, and more will present new works-in-progress.

Soho Rep. will present the world premiere of a new play by Kate Tarker as part of its 2018-19 season.
Soho Rep. will present the world premiere of a new play by Kate Tarker as part of its 2018-19 season.
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Soho Rep. has announced its 2018-19 season, with two fully staged productions.

First up will be the world premiere of Kate Tarker's Thunderbodies (October 16-November 18), directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, and starring Deirdre O'Connell, Juan Carlos Hernandez, Mia Katigbak, Monique St. Cyr, and Matthew Jeffers. It is described as follows: "It's springtime in America. The war is finally over. Grotilde has completed her life's work of losing the last 10 pounds, General Michail has proposed, and the President is up to her new tricks. So what if the weather is a little strange and the last soldier won't come home?" The creative team will include Matt Saunders (scenic designer), Oana Botez (costume designer), Yi Zhao (lighting designer), Chad Raines (sound designer), Thomas Schall (fight director), and Ryan Courtney (props).

Second will be the New York premiere of Christopher Chen's Passage (April 23-May 26), directed by Saheem Ali, with casting and creative team to be announced later. It is described as a "fantasia on colonialism past and present."

In addition, throughout January, February, and May 2019, Becca Blackwell and Charlotte Brathwaite, Carmelita Tropicana and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Narcissister will present new works-in-progress as part of Soho Rep.'s Studio Workshops.

And in January, the 2017-19 Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab will culminate in public presentations of new works created and developed by artistic collaborators Shayok Misha Chowdhury & Virginia Grise, Ann Marie Dorr & Paul Ketchum, Jen Goma & Kristine Haruna Lee, Raja Feather Kelly & Daaimah Mubashshir, and Julia Mounsey & Peter Mills Weiss under the mentorship of cochairs playwright, director, and curator William Burke; and Fairview playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury.