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.
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