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Slave Play on Broadway

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Written by Jeremy O. Harris & directed by Robert O'Hara, SLAVE PLAY returns to Broadway. Don't miss the most Tony-nominated play in history.
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About Slave Play on Broadway

Jeremy O. Harris, “a major new voice in the American theater” (Chicago Tribune), has brought back to Broadway the “raw, revelatory, and revolutionary play” (The Daily Beast) that garnered a record-breaking 12 Tony Award® nominations. Directed by two-time NAACP and Obie Award® winner Robert O’Hara, SLAVE PLAY is “one of the best and most provocative new works to show up on Broadway in years” (The New York Times). At the MacGregor Plantation, nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. It’s an antebellum fever-dream as three interracial couples converge to rip open history at the intersection of race, love, sex, and sexuality in 21st-century America. Don’t miss this production that “reimagines the possibilities of what theater can give us” (The New York Times).

At the MacGregor Plantation, nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. It’s an antebellum fever-dream as 3 interracial couples converge to rip open history at the intersection of race, love, sex, and sexuality in 21st-century America. Don’t miss this production that “reimagines the possibilities of what theater can give us” (The New York Times).

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Fresh from graduation from the Yale School of Drama, Jeremy O. Harris made his Broadway debut with Slave Play, a piece that could very minimally be described as provocative, in 2019. Directed by Robert O’Hara, the play originally premiered at New York Theatre Workshop and catapulted Harris to toast of the town status before he had even finished school. Now, the production returns to Broadway for a second engagement, this time at the August Wilson Theatre.

The Slave Play play sits at the unusual precipice where antebellum meets erotica meets the Old South — or does it? Set on the MacGregor Plantation, the play will safely take you one way before rocking your world and taking you another. If that sounds vague, it is, because it is impossible to talk about this unprecedented piece without spoilers. Instead, just know that it blends potent commentary on race and sexuality with satire and some mind-bending thrills.

17+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

What to Watch For

  • Believe it or not, Slave Play was actually one of two plays that playwright Jeremy O. Harris had produced in New York in 2019, all before he had graduated from the Yale School of Drama. Additionally, his play Daddy was staged at the Vineyard Theatre and starred Alan Cumming in a limited engagement.
  • Slave Play was the first Off-Broadway play to ever use an intimacy director. Furthermore, Claire Warden, who carried out those duties, won a Drama Desk Award for choreography in recognition for her work on the production.
  • There is a twist at the heart of Slave Play that is so sizable you should not read the end of this sentence if you prefer to go into shows blind.
  • In 2020, Slave Play on Broadway received 12 Tony Award nominations, the most for any play in Broadway history.
  • Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, who plays Kaneisha, originally held the role in the first Slave Play developmental workshop in 2017. In fact, Harris wrote the role for her.
Start date

November 23rd, 2021

End date

January 23rd, 2022

Genre

Play

Venue

The August Wilson Theatre

Written by Jeremy O. Harris & directed by Robert O'Hara, SLAVE PLAY returns to Broadway. Don't miss the most Tony-nominated play in history.

From $29
Save 50%
Prices you'll brag about

We're your one-stop shop for everything theatre. We work with theatre partners from around the world to bring you unbeatable prices for must-see shows.

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