‘Slave Play’ returns to Broadway

Slave Play, the lively and provocative drama that has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards but won none, returns to Broadway this fall.

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris announced the plan shortly after midnight on Monday morning, about an hour after the awards ceremony was shut out, at an after-party celebrating slave play and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, an anti-racism group.

Harris planned the second leg, win or lose. And he said on Twitter that he never expected to win.

“Slave Play has never won a major award from any of the major electoral bodies, but it has changed a culture and inspired thousands of people who were previously not interested in theater,” he said wrote on Twitter. “In Slovenia I saw someone reading the play by chance. We have already won. “

The play’s 12 nominations made it the most nominated play in history, and if it had won Best Play, it would have been the first play by a black writer since 1987 to claim Tony. It lost to “The Inheritance,” a full-length drama by Matthew López exploring gay life in the 21st century after AIDS; López said he was the first Latino to win the award.

Slave Play introduces a radical form of role-play for sexually frustrated multiracial couples to explore the lingering effects of slavery in America.

“Slave Play” is the eighth play by a black writer to air on Broadway this season, a record number. It is also one of several return engagements from shows that stopped running before the pandemic, including “American Utopia,” “Freestyle Love Supreme,” “Springsteen on Broadway,” and “Waitress.”

Slave Play, which had an off-Broadway run at the New York Theater Workshop, ran on Broadway from September 10, 2019 to January 19, 2020. It hasn’t amortized its cost of capitalization, but that’s not uncommon for theater plays.

The producers said the re-engagement would take place at the August Wilson Theater and run from November 23 through January 23. They then plan to move the production to Los Angeles for a run at the Center Theater Group.

The Broadway run will again be staged by Robert O’Hara and will feature much of the original cast including Ato Blankson-Wood, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara and Paul Alexander Nolan. However, Joaquina Kalukango will not return to the role of Kaneisha; she is starring in a new musical, Paradise Square, slated for preview in February, and is being replaced by Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, who previously played the role in a development production at Yale.

The main producers are Greg Nobile and Jana Shea; among the other producers is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The producers promised to provide 10,000 tickets for $ 39 each and to hold “black out” performances by invitation only for a black audience, as they did during the first run.

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