Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the final additions to its 2022-23 Off-Broadway season—the world premiere of the best we could (a family tragedy) and King James—as well as the first show of the 2023-24 season, Poor Yella Rednecks. All shows will play New York City Center Stage I.
Along with the previously announced Where the Mountain Meets the Sea by Jeff Augustin, the current season will continue with Emily Feldman's the best we could (a family tragedy) under the direction of Daniel Aukin. Previews will begin February 7, 2023, ahead of a March 1 opening. The show, which follows a father-daughter road trip that turns out to be much more than what's on the surface, was originally announced for the 2019-20 season.
Next will be the New York premiere of King James, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (Fences). The show explores the Cleveland legacy of NBA player ”King” LeBron James and two men who idolize him. King James will begin previews May 2 ahead of a May 16 opening with Glenn Davis, Chris Perfetti, and Khloe Janel set to star.
The 2023-24 season will begin with the New York premiere of Poor Yella Rednecks, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by May Adrales (who worked together on Vietgone). The comedy, the second play of Nguyen's autobiographical trilogy about an immigrant family striving for the American dream, follows a young family from Vietnam and their attempt to settle in Arkansas. The show was originally slated for spring 2023.