‘Slave Play’ returns to Broadway

Slave Play, the lively and edgy drama that was nominated for 12 Tony Awards but won none, will return to Broadway this fall.

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

Harris had been planning the comeback engagement, win or lose. And he said on Twitter that he never expected to win.

“Slave Play has never won a top award from any of the major voting bodies, but it has changed a culture and inspired thousands of people who previously did not care about theater,” he said. 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 work in history, and if it had won best work, it would have become the first work by a black writer to claim the Tony since 1987. It lost to “The Inheritance,” an overwhelming drama. by Matthew Lopez exploring gay life in the 21st century after AIDS; López said he 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 appear on Broadway this season, so far a record number. It’s also one of several comeback engagements for shows whose careers had ended prior to the pandemic, including “American Utopia,” “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “Springsteen on Broadway,” and “Waitress.”

Slave Play, which ran 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 that’s not unusual. for plays.

Producers said the comeback engagement will be at the August Wilson Theater, and will run from November 23 to January 23. They then plan to transfer the production to Los Angeles for a performance at the Center Theater Group.

The Broadway run will once again be directed by Robert O’Hara and will feature much 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 rejoin the cast in the role of Kaneisha; she stars in a new musical, “Paradise Square,” scheduled to begin previews 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 committed to making 10,000 tickets available for $ 39 each and performing “Black Out” by invitation only, as they did during the initial performance, for black audiences.

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