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Audra McDonald

Ohio State Murders Starring Audra McDonald to Open on Broadway This Fall

This six-time Tony Award winner is heading back to Broadway this fall. Audra McDonald will star in Ohio State Murders at the newly re-named and renovated James Earl Jones Theatre, previously the Cort Theatre, on Broadway.

The strictly limited engagement will begin previews November 11, 2022, with an open night set for December 8, 2022. As previously announced, the Adrienne Kennedy-written play will be directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon.

“I’m honored and humbled to be part of Adrienne Kennedy’s long-overdue Broadway debut in the newly dedicated James Earl Jones Theatre with Kenny Leon,” said McDonald. “This timeless play has a powerful resonance and relevance today, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Full casting, creative team and ticket on-sale information will be announced at a later date. This inaugural production is proudly presented by Jeffrey Richards, Lincoln Center Theater, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman, Hunter Arnold, Irene Gandy, Kevin Ryan/Lisa Alexander Taylor, Marc David Levine, Concord Theatricals, The Nederlander Organization, and The Shubert Organization.

“One of the finest living American playwrights…” (The New York Times), Obie Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and a member of the Theater Hall of Fame, Adrienne Kennedy will make her Broadway debut with this production at age 90. A well-known prize-winning playwright as well as lecturer and author who has been contributing to American theater for over six decades, Kennedy is best known for her plays such as Funnyhouse of a Negro (Obie Award), June and Jean in Concert (Obie Award), Sleep Deprivation Chamber (Obie Award) and numerous other plays and books.

When writer Suzanne Alexander (Audra McDonald) returns to her alma mater as a guest speaker, in which she explores the violence in her works, a dark mystery unravels. Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders is an intriguing and unusual suspense play, as well as a social pertinent look at the destructiveness of racism in our society.

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