They may not be playing to big houses or offering big-name stars, but there are some exceptional off-Broadway plays this fall that highlight diversity in history, countering what’s still a very white Great White Way. “Hamilton” fans excited about the new faces — and with them, new stories — on the city’s stages should take an evening to see one of these affordable, thought-provoking and thoroughly original productions.
“Vietgone” is an uproariously funny comedy about two Vietnam War refugees (the parents of playwright Qui Nguyen) finding love at a relocation camp in Middle America, told with modern humor, emotional subtlety and a whole lot of creative swearing.Performances begin Oct. 4
“Aubergine” reveals how our relationships to family are often forged through food as a Korean son tries to reconnect with his dying father, who never approved of his decision to become a chef.Through Oct. 2
“Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” begins with a Hispanic student (written and performed by Brian Quijada) learning about Rosa Parks and asking where his people were, only to learn his teacher doesn’t know and that their story has been erased from history.Through Oct. 9
“The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, tells the story of Black Man With Watermelon, who dies repeatedly throughout history through a series of stereotypical tropes. Opens Oct. 25