Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play Will Transfer to Broadway

Broadway News   Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play Will Transfer to Broadway
The new drama, which played a sold-out, extended run Off-Broadway, will move into the Golden Theatre.
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Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play, seen this past winter in a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at New York Theatre Workshop, will transfer to Broadway's Golden Theatre. Robert O'Hara, who helmed the world premiere, will return to direct, with performances set to begin September 10, with an October 6 opening night. The show is scheduled for a limited 17-week run, and will mark the Broadway debut for both playwright and director.

To increase access for theatregoers, 10,000 tickets to the show will be $39. Tickets, now available to Audience Rewards members, will go on sale to the general public July 13. Casting will be announced at a later date.

In Slave Play, the old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. Fear and desire entwine as three couples navigate the complicated meaning of race, history, gender, and sexuality in 21st-century America.

Jeremy O. Harris
Jeremy O. Harris Marc J. Franklin


The production features sets by Clint Ramos, costumes by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Lindsay Jones, properties by Noah Mease, and movement by Byron Easley. Claire Warden serves as the intimacy and fight director.

Slave Play was developed and produced at the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference. The play is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences.

The Broadway production will be produced by Greg Nobile and Jana Shea of Seaview Productions, Troy Carter, Level Forward, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of Nine Stories.

Harris' plays also include "Daddy", which premiered Off-Broadway earlier this year. He is attached to pen the movie Zola, inspired by the 2015 Twitter saga of Aziah Wells; the cast includes Tony winner Ari'el Stachel and Colman Domingo.

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