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Slave Play

 



From New York Theatre Workshop, a new play that rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender and sexuality in 21st century America.

From the producers: The old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.

"Slave Play" was developed and produced at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference earlier this summer. The play is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences. Author Jeremy O. Harris' other works include "Daddy," "Xander Xyst," "Dragon: 1," and "Water Sports; Or Insignificant White Boys." He is the recipient of the 2018–19 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.

The cast of "Slave Play" includes Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Paul Alexander Nolan, and Teyonah Parris. Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara directs.

What's New York Theatre Workshop? NYTW is one of the more adventurous subscription theaters in the city. Located in the heart of the East Village, it presents a healthy mix of internationally-inflected and avant-garde work, most of which is developed in-house, with a few shows brought in whole-hog. Successful productions range from the premiere of "Rent" in 1996 to the 2012 Tony-winning musical "Once." More here.

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