Slave Play, the acclaimed new play by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by Robert O’Hara, played Broadway’s Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Slave Play was the most talked about play of the fall and was included on more Best of The Year lists than any other play. The strictly limited engagement officially opened on Sunday, October 6, 2019, and played its final performance on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
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 is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, and the 2018 Paula Vogel Award. The play was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Playwrighting Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play.
Slave Play received twelve (12) 2020 Tony Award nominations, more than any other play and the most nominations for a play in Broadway history, for Best Play (Jeremy O. Harris), Best Director of a Play (Robert O’Hara), Best Actress in a Play (Joaquina Kalukango), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Chalia LaTour), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Annie McNamara), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Ato Blankson-Woods), Best Featured Actor in a Play (James Cusati-Moyer), Best Scenic Design for a Play (Clint Ramos0, Best Costume Design for a Play (Dede Ayite), Best Lighting Design for a Play (Jiyoun Chang), Best Sound Design for a Play (Lindsay Jones) and Best Score (Lindsay Jones).
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