Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara will direct the world premiere of Jeremy O. Harris' multi-award winning Slave Play, set to debut this fall at New York Theatre Workshop. The new work, which is billed as an "antebellum fever-dream," sheds light on the intersection of race, history, gender, and sexuality in 21st-century America.
In advance of its world premiere Off-Broadway, Slave Play is set to receive development and a production at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference this summer. 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.
Playwright and director O’Hara is currently directing the Public Theater's Mobile Unit production of Henry V starring Zenzi Williams. He previously wrote and directed Mankind, Bootycandy, and Insurrection: Holding History. As a director, he has also been at the helm of the world premieres of Kirsten Childs’ musical Bella: An American Tall Tale, Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira’s In the Continuum, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), and Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy.
As part of MCC Theater's 2018–2019 season, he will direct the New York premiere of BLKS by Aziza Barne next spring.