“SLAVE PLAY” & JEREMY O. HARRIS ANNOUNCE THE GOLDEN COLLECTION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
“SLAVE PLAY”& JEREMY O. HARRIS
THE GOLDEN COLLECTION
A COLLECTION OF 15 PLAYS WRITTEN BY BLACK WRITERS
SLAVE PLAY WILL DONATE COLLECTIONS,
TOTALING 800 SCRIPTS,
TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND COMMUNITY CENTERS
IN ALL 50 STATES, WASHINGTON, D.C., PUERTO RICO, & GUAM
COLLECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE, GIFT, OR DONATE FROM BOOKS & CRANNIES, A BLACK-OWNED INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE
New York, NY (December 8, 2020) – Last night on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” playwright Jeremy O. Harris announced The Golden Collection, composed of 15 plays by prominent Black playwrights including Slave Play, which has received a historic 12 Tony Award® nominations more than any other play in Broadway history. The collection was launched in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
The collection is named in honor of Harris’ grandfather Golden Harris who passed away two weeks before Jeremy learned that Slave Play would play Broadway’s Golden Theatre.
In lieu of sending scripts to Tony Award voters, Slave Play will donate The Golden Collection, totaling 800 individual scripts, to libraries and community centers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Many of these libraries and community centers spotlight historic sites of racial progress, sites of continued racial violence and inequity, and serve predominantly Black communities. Ultimately, this collection was donated to libraries that were passionate about bringing these plays into their communities. The donated scripts were purchased from Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, the oldest Black-owned bookstore in Manhattan and a community resource center.
To encourage individuals to purchase, gift, or donate the collection, Slave Play has also partnered with Books and Crannies, a Black woman-owned independent bookstore, located in Harris’s hometown of Martinsville, VA. For every purchase of the full collection, Books and Crannies will make a $10 donation to the National Black Theatre. To buy, gift, or donate The Golden Collection, please visit the Books & Crannies website.
The collection is being launched in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, which will host an event celebrating The Golden Collection in the New Year.
In addition to Slave Play, other plays included in the Golden Collection are Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry, The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe, An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs Jenkins, Sweat by Lynn Nottage, A Collection of Plays (Wedding Band and Trouble in Mind) by Alice Childress, Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks, We Are Proud to Present a Presentation by Jackie Sibblies Drury, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, Is God Is by Aleshea Harris, Fires in the Mirror by Anna Deavere Smith, Funnyhouse of a Negro by Adrienne Kennedy, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, Bootycandy by Slave Play’s Tony Award-nominated director Robert O’Hara, and Dream on Monkey Mountain by Derek Walcott.
For more information about The Golden Collection and for an interactive map highlighting the libraries and community centers receiving the donations, please visit www.slaveplaybroadway.com/resources/
Slave Play’s record breaking 12 Tony Award nominations surpasses the record previously set by Angels in America. In addition to Best Play and Best Director, the production is also nominated for Best Actress in a Play (Joaquina Kalukango), two nominations for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Ato Blankson-Wood and James Cusati-Moyer), two nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Play (Chalia LaTour and Annie McNamara), Best Score (Lindsay Jones), Best Scenic Design (Clint Ramos), Best Costume Design (Dede Ayite), Best Lighting Design (Jiyoun Chang), and Best Sound Design (Lindsay Jones).
Slave Play was produced on Broadway by Greg Nobile and Jana Shea of Seaview Productions, Troy Carter, Level Forward, and Nine Stories, founded by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker. It opened on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre to rave reviews and was the best reviewed play of 2019. Jesse Green of the New York Times called Slave Play “one of the best and most provocative new works to show up on Broadway in years,” Aisha Harris said the play “reimagines that theater can give us.” 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.”
It was included in over 20 Best of 2019 lists including: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Time Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Time Out New York, EW, Out, Paper Magazine, The Guardian, Mic.com, Vox, and Broadway News.
Slave Play is also 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.
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.
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