“SLAVE PLAY” ANNOUNCES TWO-WEEK EXTENSION DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
“REIMAGINES THE POSSIBLITIES OF WHAT THEATER CAN GIVE US.”
AISHA HARRIS, THE NEW YORK TIMES
ANNOUNCES TWO-WEEK EXTENSION
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
STRICTLY LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
NOW ON SALE AT THE GOLDEN THEATRE
THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020
New York, NY (October 10, 2019) – Greg Nobile and Jana Shea of Seaview Productions, Troy Carter, Level Forward, and Nine Stories, founded by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker, announced today that due to popular demand Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play, the critically acclaimed work, directed by Robert O’Hara will extend two weeks at Broadway’s Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The hit production must close on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
Slave Play opened on Sunday night to rave reviews. Jesse Green of the New York Times called the play “one of the best and most provocative new works to show up on Broadway in years,” and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said it is a “ballsy, often ferociously funny original work.” Leah Greenblatt, in her rave review for Entertainment Weekly, exclaims, “Slave Play feels like a piece of lightning: a work that aims to strike hot, illuminate and, if it has to, burn the whole thing down.”
Slave Play features a “fearless eight-member cast” (Peter Marks, Washington Post) that includes Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Joaquina Kalukango, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan. The cast is being understudied by Eboni Flowers, Thomas Keegan, Jakeem Dante Powell, and Elizabeth Stahlmann.
When it premiered last fall, Slave Play immediately became the most talked about play of the year, garnered intense critical acclaim, stunned audiences with its unflinching examination of race and sex, and hailed Harris as “one of the most promising playwrights of his generation” (Chloe Schama, Vogue).
With the Broadway premiere of this “explosive, raw, and very funny piece of theater about race, sex, and power” (Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast), Harris becomes the sixth black writer to have a new play on Broadway in the last decade.
Prepare for “the single most daring thing I’ve seen in theater in a long time” (Wesley Morris, The New York Times).
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.
The “pitch-perfect design team” (Steven Suskin, New York Stage Review) includes Tony Award® winner Clint Ramos (scenic design), four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Dede Ayite (costume design), Drama Desk Award nominee Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), three-time Drama Desk Award nominee Lindsay Jones (sound design and original music), Amauta Marston-Firmino (dramaturg), Byron Easley (movement), Drama Desk Award winner Claire Warden (intimacy and fight director), Doug Nevin (production counsel), and Taylor Williams (casting director). Mark Shacket serves as Executive Producer.
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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