LCT3 celebrated the opening of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over, directed by Danya Taymor, at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater June 18. The new play, a contemporary mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga, is centered on two young black men who dream of a better existence beyond their street corner.
Pass Over features a cast made up of Tony winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda The Musical), Tony nominee Jon Michael Hill (Superior Donuts), and 2018 Lucille Lortel nominee Namir Smallwood (Pipeline). Performances began June 2 and are scheduled to run Off-Broadway through July 15.
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The production features sets by Wilson Chin, costumes by Sarafina Bush, lighting by Marcus Doshi, and sound by Justin Ellington.
Pass Over received its world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf last summer, also directed by Taymor. A film version, directed by Oscar nominee Spike Lee, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
Nwandu is the winner of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and was featured on the 2017 Kilroys List. Breach: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate received its world premiere at Chicago’s Victory Gardens in February.