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"Daddy"

 



Tony winner Alan Cumming stars in a new drama where young black artist Franklin and art collector Andre's feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond, pushing Franklin's mother into a battle of wills over the soul of the man they both call baby.

From the producers: In Jeremy O. Harris’ searing new play "Daddy," Franklin, a young black artist on the verge of his first show, meets Andre, an older white art collector, and before long their feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond. But when Franklin’s Christian mother, Zora, decides that her son is in peril, she enters into a battle of wills with Andre over the soul of the man they both call baby. Basquiats and Birkins, gospel and pop, and fantasy and reality collide around a Bel Air swimming pool in this deeply surreal exploration of intimacy and identity.

Audience Note: This play contains nudity and graphic sexual content.

Actor and playwright Jeremy O. Harris' plays include "Xander Xyst," "Dragon: 1," "WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys," and "Slave Play." He received the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for "Slave Play." Harris is currently a third-year playwriting student at the Yale School of Drama.

The cast features Tony winner Alan Cumming, Ronald Peet, Charlayne Woodard, Tommy Dorfman, Kahyun Kim, and Hari Nef. Danya Taymor directs. "Daddy" is a co-production from The New Group and The Vineyard.

What's The New Group? Founded by Artistic Director Scott Elliott in the mid-90s, The New Group is an artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater. Past productions include the original production of the Tony-winning musical "Avenue Q" in 2003, and the critically-acclaimed revival of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" in 2005. More here.

What's The Vineyard? Somehow, this theatre has managed to accomplish what most theatres of its scale only dream of - balancing an older, wealthy subscriber base with genuinely quirky, enjoyable, and adventuresome artistic agenda. Rarely spectacular but usually interesting, the shows tend to focus on the writing. For the most part, it's unpretentious, skilled, and fun stuff. More here.

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