Tony Kushner's new drama, Henry Box Brown: Or the Mirror of Slavery, is headed for a world premiere at London's Royal National Theatre, directed by George C. Wolfe, who staged Kushner's Pulitzer-winning Angels in America.
According to a report in Newsday, and confirmed by the press office at the New York Shakespeare Festival where Wolfe is artistic director, Kushner and Wolfe will workshop the play late this fall, then open it in spring 1997 at the National's Lyttleton stage.
The product of an artistic alliance between the National and the Festival, Henry Box Brown will feature a cast half British and half American.
The NYSF spokesman said he did not have dates on when the play would be presented in America.
The Newsday story quotes Kushner as saying "It's the first of three plays I'm writing about money. It's set in a mill town in England in 1853-1863 and is about the relationship between American slavery and the British textile industry."