“Slave Play” is back on Broadway

“Slave Play,” the buzzing, provocative drama that was nominated for 12 Tony Awards but won none, will return to Broadway this fall.

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris announced the plan just after midnight Monday morning, about an hour after the awards ceremony, at an after-party to celebrate “Slave Play” and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, a anti-racist group.

Harris had planned the return engagement, win or lose. And he said on Twitter that he never expected to win.

“Slave Play never won one of the top awards from any of the major voting bodies, but changed a culture and inspired thousands of people who didn’t care about theater before,” he said. declared. wrote on Twitter. “I saw someone reading the play at random in Slovenia. We already won.

The play’s 12 nominations made it the most nominated play in history, and had it won the Best Play award, it would have become the first play by a black writer to claim the Tony since 1987. She lost to “The Inheritance”, a high-profile drama by Matthew López that explores 21st century gay life after AIDS; López was the first Latino to win the award.

“Slave Play” envisions a radical form of role play for sexually frustrated interracial couples as a way to explore the lingering effects of slavery in America.

“Slave Play” becomes the eighth play by a black writer scheduled to be performed on Broadway this season, a record number to date. It is also one of many return engagements of shows that ended airs before the pandemic, including “American Utopia”, “Freestyle Love Supreme”, “Springsteen on Broadway” and “Waitress”.

“Slave Play,” which took place on Off Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop, ran on Broadway from September 10, 2019 to January 19, 2020. It didn’t recoup its capitalization costs, but it didn’t. unusual for plays.

The producers have said the comeback engagement will take place at the August Wilson Theater and run from November 23 through January 23. They then plan to move the production to Los Angeles for a performance at the Center Theater Group.

The Broadway tour will again be led by Robert O’Hara and will feature many of the original cast, including Ato Blankson-Wood, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara and Paul Alexander Nolan. However, Joaquina Kalukango will not be joining the cast as Kaneisha; She is starring in a new musical, “Paradise Square”, which premieres in February, and will be replaced by Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, who previously played the role in a development production at Yale.

The main producers are Greg Nobile and Jana Shea; among the other producers is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The producers have pledged to make 10,000 tickets available for $ 39 each and to organize invitation-only “Black Out” performances, as they did in the first edition, for black audiences.

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