The world premiere of Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play, directed by Robert O'Hara, officially opened at New York Theatre Workshop December 9. The new play, which sheds light on the intersection of race, history, gender, and sexuality in America, began performances November 19 and was recently extended an additional two weeks through January 13, 2019.
The cast is made up of Ato Blankson-Wood as Gary, James Cusati-Moyer as Dustin, Sullivan Jones as Phillip, Chalia La Tour as Teá, Irene Sofia Lucio as Patricia, Annie McNamara as Alana, Paul Alexander Nolan as Jim, and Teyonah Parris as Kaneisha.
Flip through photos of the opening night below:
Photos: Inside the Opening Night of Slave Play Off-Broadway
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 in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn.
The production features scenic design by Clint Ramos (Torch Song), costume design by Dede Ayite (American Son), lighting design by Jiyoun Chang (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development), sound design by Lindsay Jones (Feeding the Dragon), properties by Noah Mease (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), and movement by Byron Easley (Langston in Harlem). Claire Warden (Intimacy Directors International) serves as the intimacy and fight director; Amauta Marston-Firmino (managing editor at TheaterMagazine) serves as dramaturg, Dawn-Elin Fraser (Once on This Island) is the dialect Coach, and Jhanaë K-C Bonnick (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire) is stage manager.
For more information on Slave Play visit NYTW.org.