"While I Was Waiting," a family drama about modern-day Syria,...

"While I Was Waiting," a family drama about modern-day Syria, stars Mohammad Alrefai and is part of this year's Lincoln Center Festival, running July 10-30. Credit: Didier Nadeau

THE END OF LONGING (in previews, opens June 5) Who knew? Matthew Perry — that’s right, friend, Chandler — writes plays. He also co-stars in the New York premiere of his bittersweet comedy about “an alcoholic, an escort, a self-diagnosed neurotic and a well-intentioned dimwit” in a bar. Tickets are $30-$99, Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., 212-352-3101, mcctheater.org

GHOST LIGHT (previews begin June 3, opens June 19) Lincoln Center Theater’s tiny but mighty Claire Tow Theater will go immersive in this “performance about performance” by Third Rail Projects, the creators of “Then She Fell,” the long-running immersive hit about Lewis Carroll. The new piece, described as a “benevolent haunting,” intends to “explore the world on the other side of the proscenium.” Tickets are $30 at the Tow, upstairs of the Lincoln Center Theater, 212-239-6200, lct.org

MARVIN’S ROOM (previews begin June 8, opens June 29) Janeane Garofalo and Lili Taylor play two very different sisters with contradictory ideas about caring for their dying father in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway revival off Scott McPherson’s 1991 tragicomedy. (Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton co-starred in the 1996 movie.) Tickets are $47-$147, American Airlines, 227 W. 42nd St., 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK (“Julius Caesar” is in previews, opens June 12, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” begins previews July 11) The Public Theater’s beloved free Shakespeare in Central Park begins with artistic director Oskar Eustis’ staging of “Caesar” with a cast that includes Elizabeth Marvel (the president-elect in “Homeland”) as Antony, Corey Stoll (her co-star in “House of Cards”) as Brutus and Tony-nominee John Douglas Thompson (“Jitney”) as Cassius. Rising star Lear deBessonet directs “Dream” with a cast that includes Phylicia Rashad, Annaleigh Ashford, Danny Burstein and Kristine Nielsen. Check publictheater.org for information on scoring tickets.

1984 (in previews, opens June 22) The sudden postelection rediscovery of George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel has sparked the Broadway import of this British adaptation. The production, a London hit in 2014 with a different cast, co-stars Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde and Reed Birney, Tony winner for last season’s “The Humans.” Tickets are $35-$149, Hudson Theatre, 139-141 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200, telecharge.com

HAMLET (previews begin June 20, opens July 13) Oscar Isaacs goes from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to be awakened to the challenges of Shakespeare’s brooding Dane in a production directed by the omnipresent Sam Gold (“Fun Home,” “A Doll’s House, Part 2”). Tickets are $75 through July 11, then $115, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555, publictheater.org

ENCORES! OFF-CENTER (July 12-Aug. 5) In her four years as artistic director, Jeanine Tesori built this Off-Broadway offshoot of City Center’s Encores! series into a major summer institution. Her successor, composer Michael Friedman (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”), offers what appears to be a similarly enticing inaugural season, beginning July 12-15 with a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins,” followed July 26-27 by Kirsten Childs’ “The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin.” The series ends Aug. 2-5 with “Really Rosie,” by Maurice Sendak and Carole King. Tickets are $25-$125, New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St., 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org

LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL 2017 (July 10-30) Highlights of the annual international festival of theater, dance and music include “While I was Waiting,” a family drama about modern-day Syria, “Chronicle of an Assassination,” based on the journals of Yitzhak Rabin’s wife, some circus from France, theater from Japan, music from Cuba and Brazil. For ballet fans, the centerpiece will surely be five performances of George Balanchine’s 1967 masterwork, “Jewels,” with its three segments performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet and the New York City Ballet. For venues, prices and details about many other attractions, visit lincolncenter.org/festival

THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER (previews begin July 28, opens Aug. 10) Michael Moore, provocateur/satirist, takes on Donald Trump — and Broadway — in this one-man show directed by Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”). Tickets are $29-$149, Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200, michaelmooreonbroadway.com

PRINCE OF BROADWAY (previews begin Aug. 3, opens Aug. 24) If anyone can make a show out of Harold Prince’s astonishing career, it must be the director/producer himself. Prince will stage an overview of highlights from his 21-Tony, six-decade span, which includes, for starters, “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and such Sondheim masterworks as “Company, “Little Night Music” and “Sweeney Todd.” No less than Susan Stroman (“The Producers”) will choreograph a cast that includes Chuck Cooper, Emily Skinner and many others. Tickets are $89-$165, Manhattan Theatre Club’s Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200, manhattantheatreclub.com

And keep in mind . . .

ANIMAL (June 6, Atlantic Theater Stage 2, 330 W. 16th St.) Rebecca Hall stars in the New York premiere of Clare Lizzimore’s play about a woman who has it all — including, alas, a growing sense of dread.

COST OF LIVING (June 7, Manhattan Theatre Club, 131 W. 55th St.) A divorced unemployed truck driver tries to help his injured ex-wife in Martyna Majok’s drama.

WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE (June 8, Irish Rep, 132 W. 22nd St.) New musical portrait of the legendary folk troubadour and political force.

EXPECTING ISABEL (previews begin June 10, The Barrow Group, 312 W. 36th St.) Pulitzer finalist Lisa Loomer explores the adventures and misadventures of a couple desperate to be parents.

BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE (June 12, Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St. In this Western musical-comedy by Kirsten Childs, a “wanted woman of mythic proportions” escapes a scandalous past.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE (June 25, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn) British director Simon Godwin and Theatre for a New Audience explore Shakespeare’s ever-disturbing alleged comedy about piety.

THE RED LETTER PLAYS (previews begin Aug. 22, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.) Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks revisits her theatrical collision between an abortionist and “The Scarlet Letter.” — Linda Winer

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