KING JAMES will premiere Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club

Basketball fans will trade their courtside seats for front-row tickets to the latest New York premiere. The Manhattan Theater Club will present an Off-Broadway staging of the latest work by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, king jamesfollowing productions by the Steppenwolf Theater Company and the Center Theater Group.

The play, starring Glenn Davis (Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at Baghdad Zoo) and Abbott Elementary School Breakout Chris Perfetti, will begin previews May 2, 2023 at New York City Center – Stage I. Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon, production is slated to open May 16.

king james explores LeBron James’ influence on two men whose unexpected friendship is unexpectedly tied to the NBA star. Khloe Janel will also be in the business as a DJ, with a creative team and more information to be announced soon.

Before that, MTC will present the world premiere of the did his best (a family tragedy), written by Emily Feldman and directed by Daniel Aukin. The play follows a father-daughter road trip that explores more than just crossing state lines. Previews will begin on February 7, 2023, ahead of opening night on March 1. Production was previously scheduled for the 2019–20 season, when Feldman was MTC’s 2019–20 Tow Playwright-in-Residence, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

These two productions join the announced New York premiere of Where the mountain meets the sea, written by Jeff Augustin and directed by Joshua Kahan Brody, with music by The Bengsons. Performances begin October 11, 2022, with an opening night set for November 2.

Kicking off the 2023-2024 Stage I season will be the New York premiere of Por Yella Redneckswritten by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales, which was previously announced for Spring 2023. More information about this production will be announced later.

On Broadway this fall, MTC will present Martyna Majok’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cost of life. after it is Cooperationstarring Jeremy Pope and Paul Bettany as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, respectively.