A First Look at Tarell Alvin McCraney in the World Premiere of Ms. Blakk For President

Production Photos   A First Look at Tarell Alvin McCraney in the World Premiere of Ms. Blakk For President
The new play, co-written by Oscar winner McCraney and Tina Landau, is set to open in Chicago June 3.
Tarell Alvin McCraney Michael Brosilow

The world premiere of Ms. Blakk For President, co-written by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and Tony nominee Tina Landau, is set to open at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company June 3. The production, directed by Landau, began May 23 and runs through July 14.

Part campaign rally, part nightclub performance, part confessional, and "all PARTY!," Ms. Blakk For President takes us into the heart and mind of one of Chicago’s most radical and influential citizens: Ms. Joan Jett Blakk. Set in 1992 with the AIDS crisis at its height, Joan and the newly formed Queer Nation Chicago are determined to drag queer politics out of the closet.

McCraney returns to the stage as the lead in Ms. Blakk For President alongside Patrick Andrews, Molly Brennan, Daniel Kyri, Jon Hudson Odom, and Sawyer Smith.

Flip through photos of the production below:

The production features scenic design David Zinn, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Heather Gilbert, projection design by Rasean Davonte Johnson, and sound design and original music by Lindsay Jones.

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