LCT3 to Premiere Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over

Off-Broadway News   LCT3 to Premiere Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over
A mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga, the new play will receive its New York premiere at Lincoln Center Theater this summer.
Antoinette Nwandu
Antoinette Nwandu

LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater is set to present the New York premiere of Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over this summer. Set on a street corner and centered on two young black men, the new play is billed as a mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga.

In Pass Over, Moses and Kitch pass the time by talking smack and hoping for a miracle. The play received its world premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf last summer, and a film version, directed by Oscar nominee Spike Lee, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Casting for the LCT3 production will be announced at a later date.

The production will be directed by Danya Taymor. Performances will run June 2–July 15 in the Claire Tow Theater. Opening night is June 18.

The show will have sets by Wilson Chin, costumes by Marci Rodgers, lighting by Marcus Doshi, and sound by Justin Ellington.

Nwandu’s play Breach: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate will have its world premiere at Chicago’s Victory Gardens in February. She has been commissioned by Los Angeles’ Echo Theater Company, and her work has been supported and developed at the MacDowell Colony, Sundance Theatre Lab, Ignition Fest, Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor: Katori Hall), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Page73, PlayPenn, Space on Ryder Farm, Southern Rep, The Flea, Fire This Time, and The Movement Theatre Company.

She is the winner of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and was featured on the 2017 Kilroys List.


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