Don’t be constrained by discipline! Take our advice and explore outside your comfort zone, and try out something that might not have caught your eye initially. If you’re drawn to one show, put it in the context of something close but not quite the same — different genre, different culture, different approach, different angle — to get at some of the same big questions, feelings, ideas, and see how they resonate from a different perspective.

This season has countless thematic connections between shows that at first glance might seem worlds apart. We’ve mapped some out for you. Start with something that sounds exciting, and make your way from there.

Around the World in 80 Plays

Black And Brown Lives Matter

Family Friendly

Gender Trouble

Got Stamina?: Marathons and Festivals

Play it Again: Adaptations, with a Twist

Still Here, Still Queer

2017-18 Tangents