After a record-breaking amount of Tony Award nominations, it has been announced that Slave Playwill return to Broadway this fall. The play written by Jeremy O. Harris had closed in January 2020.
Previously having played at the Golden Theatre, Slave Play will begin performances on November 23, 2021, now playing at the August Wilson Theatre. The return engagement, directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara, will have an official opening night of Thursday, December 2, playing for a strictly limited eight-week engagement through Sunday, January 23, 2022.
The cast for the production’s return engagement will feature Tony Award nominee Ato Blankson-Wood, Tony Award nominee Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Tony Award nominee Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan, all of whom starred in both of the play’s previous New York runs on Broadway and Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop.
Joining the ensemble will be Antoinette Crowe-Legacy who will play Kaneisha, a role Harris wrote for the actress when he was a student at Yale School of Drama and which she originated in Slave Play‘s first developmental production in 2017 as part of Yale’s Langston Hughes Festival.
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris said, “Slave Play‘s return engagement marks for me a chance for New York and the world to re-meet a play that many met at New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway in 2018 and 2019, and that thousands of others met in its published edition in a year when theaters around the world were dark. To be doing it in 2021 with the Kaneisha who originated the role at Yale and members of the original cast fills me with the same joy I had I had watching the play for the very first time in a classroom five years ago.”
Additional casting for Slave Play at the August Wilson Theatre will be announced shortly.
The creative team for the production includes Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (scenic design), two-time Tony Award nominee Dede Ayite (costume design), Tony Award nominee Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), two-time Tony Award nominee Lindsay Jones (sound design and original music), Amauta Marston-Firmino (dramaturg), Byron Easley (movement), Drama Desk Award winner Claire Warden and Teniece Divya Johnson, (intimacy and fight directors), Doug Nevin (production counsel), and Taylor Williams (casting director).
Slave Play at the August Wilson Theatre is produced by Seaview Productions, Troy Carter, Level Forward, and Nine Stories, founded by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, Sing Out, Louise! Productions, Shooting Star Productions, Roth-Manella Productions, Carlin Katler Productions, Cohen Hopkins Productions, Thomas Laub, Blair Russell, WEB Productions, Salman Al-Rashid, Jeremy O. Harris, and New York Theatre Workshop. Mark Shacket serves as Executive Producer.
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