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Encores! Off-Center


  • Mainstage
  • Jul 6 - 9, 2016
  • Tickets start at $25

  • Overview

    We are offering captions for the July 9 evening performance of Runaways. They will be accessible on all internet-enabled mobile devices; simply log into City Center’s free WiFi “NYCC_GUEST” network and navigate to on your web browser. The webpage will become available shortly before the performance.

    "They’re tearing up the air at New York City Center, where a pulsing reincarnation of Elizabeth Swados’ Runaways is guaranteed to leave you feeling windblown, hyped up, and ready to race through the most torpid summer night.”
    –Ben Brantley, The New York Times Critics’ Pick

    In 1977, Elizabeth Swados spent several months observing and interviewing child runaways before shaping their stories, fears, and fantasies into a musical. A deeply unconventional work, Runaways feels like the funkiest, most heartbreaking mixtape ever to come out of a 1970s boom box, packed with reggae anthems, hip-hop, soul-food lullabies, and spoken-word poetry. Cast largely with students from throughout the five boroughs, the Encores! Off-Center production of Runaways will honor the crowning achievement of a theater visionary who was ferocious, inspiring, and left us far too soon.

    Click here to meet the “wolfpack” of teenagers who will star in Runaways.

     is part of the 2016 Encores! Off-Center season, which also features Off-Center Jamboree! and Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.

    Encores! Off-Center Founding Sponsors
    Stacey and Eric Mindich and Stacy Bash-Polley

    Leadership Sponsor
    Nathalie and Pablo Salame

    Series Sponsors
    American Express
    Luigi Caiola and Sean McGill
    Andrew Martin-Weber
    Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!

    Additional support is provided by 
    Paula and Ira Resnick
    Alec Stais and Elissa Burke

    The Lobby Project is sponsored by
    The Frederick Loewe Foundation

    Support for the Artistic Innovation Fund is provided by
    Lisa and Richard Witten
    Howard Gilman Foundation

  • Videos

    • Meet the Cast of Runaways!

    • Runaways:
      Behind the Scenes

    • Runaways
      Dress Rehearsal

  • Cast & Credits

    Book, Lyrics, and Music by Elizabeth Swados

    Choreography by Ani Taj

    Music Director Chris Fenwick
    Directed by Sam Pinkleton

    Starring Frenie Acoba, Sumaya Bouhbal, Kenneth Cabral, Maxwell Cabral, Taylor Caldwell, Sophia Anne Caruso, Xavier Casimir, Joshua DeJesus, Adleesa Edwards, Aidan Gemme, Reyna Guerra, Matthew Gumley, Christina JimenezKylie McNeill, Cele Pahucki, Sam Poon, Siena Rafter, Claudia Ramirez, Ren, MJ Rodriguez, Deandre Sevon, Jeremy Shinder, Ripley Sobo, Chris Sumpter, and Maxwell Vice

  • Pre-Show Events

    The Lobby Project is a series of free performances, conversations, and workshops that will place each Encores! Off-Center show in a greater cultural context. The events will take place in City Center’s beautiful Grand Tier lobby one hour before curtain and are free for that evening’s ticket holders. Each Lobby Project event will be 45 minutes long.

    Jul 8 at 7pm
    A conversation about the LGBT homelessness crisis in America, featuring Bill Torres of the Ali Forney Center, Kate Barnhart of the New Alternatives Center for LGBT Youth, and Jeanine Tesori.

    Jul 9 at 1pm
    A participatory concert with Grace McLean and Crystal Monee Hall.

    Jul 9 at 7pm
    A workshop led by Runaways director Sam Pinkleton and choreographer Ani Taj, both of whom are Elizabeth Swados’ former students.

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