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2021-22 Season

Joyful, Impactful, In-Person and Online!

Multimedia marvels, sold-out circus, toe-tapping dance and more await! Offering the flexibility of choice and peace of mind with every ticket purchase, the 2021-22 season will see the return of in-person performances at the New Victory Theater, as well as the opportunity for guests to stream the season in their homes.

The new season is as joyful as it is impactful, embracing the values and beliefs we are engaged in as an organization with shows reflecting themes of inclusivity, belonging and how we can work through scary moments to help and heal each other.

– Mary Rose Lloyd, Artistic Director at New 42

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2021-22 Season shows include:

Generation Rise

November 5 — 14

Ping Chong and Company and Urban Word NYC

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 10.

Inspired by the critically acclaimed Generation NYZ (New Victory 2018), Generation Rise is an interview-based production featuring Black, Latinx and Asian American teens from New York City telling their own stories and reflecting on their lives before, during and after 2020—a year of crisis and transformation.

Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

December 6 — January 2


Tickets go on sale Friday, September 10.

Join Emmet Otter and his Ma as they enter a Christmas Eve talent contest hoping to win prize money to buy each other holiday gifts. With a lovable mix of performers, puppet characters and a toe-tapping score, this stage adaptation of the 1977 HBO television feature and classic children’s book is sure to become a heartwarming holiday tradition.

Air Play

February 7 — March 6


Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 8.

Returning after a sold-out run in 2018, Air Play takes two siblings on a journey through a surreal land of air, where ordinary objects transform into uncommon beauty. A circus-style adventure filled with wordless wonder, Air Play inspires laughter across cultures and continents—no translation necessary.

Jabari Dreams of Freedom

March 21 — April 3

First Woman Productions

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 8.

Jabari Dreams of Freedom uses rap, freedom songs, hip-hop dance, history and humor to tell the story of a young Black boy from the South Side of Chicago who is afraid to leave the house. With his Forever President Barack Obama as a guide, Jabari escapes the violent reality of an encounter with the police through his colorful paintings where he meets children from the past who teach him how to be fearless.

Step Afrika!

April 18 — May 8

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 8.

Step Afrika! returns with new works centered around Drumfolk, a high-energy exploration of the body as a drum and a versatile percussive instrument. Chronicling and celebrating the African experience in America, Drumfolk reveals the hidden histories and events that transformed American life and demonstrates the unlimited artistic possibilities of the art form of stepping.

Leonardo and Sam:
The Terrible Monster and the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World, Respectively

June 4 — 26

Manual Cinema

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 8.

Adapted from the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems with mind-bending projection, DIY cinema, music and immersive sound, Leonardo and Sam tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that all monsters must make.

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Safe, Accessible and Meaningful Experiences

“In the season ahead, we maintain our commitment to making performing arts more accessible for New York families in the safest ways possible to create a cultural destination, both in person and online, that is meaningful, magical and a beacon of how the performing arts help our communities thrive” – Russell Granet, President & CEO of New 42

At New 42, the safety of New Victory patrons, students, artists and staff is of highest priority. The nonprofit continues to monitor and follow guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and New York State Department of Health for the venue’s development and refinement of Covid-19 safety practices and policies to ensure a safe and clean experience for everyone.

New 42 continues to update best practices and plans as circumstances and guidelines change and will release policies around specific shows at the time of their on-sale dates.