New York Premiere of Suzan Lori-Parks' Sally & Tom Opens Off-Broadway April 16 | Playbill

Off-Broadway News New York Premiere of Suzan Lori-Parks' Sally & Tom Opens Off-Broadway April 16

Sheria Irving and Gabriel Ebert lead the company of the Public Theater production.

Sheria Irving and Gabriel Ebert Joan Marcus

The New York premiere of Suzan-Lori ParksSally & Tom officially opens Off-Broadway at The Public Theater April 16 after beginning previews March 28 in the company's Martinson Hall. The extended run will continue through May 12.

Sheria Irving and Gabriel Ebert (Matilda) lead the cast as Luce/Sally and Mike/Tom, respectively, sharing the stage with Sun Mee Chomet as Scout/Polly, Leland Fowler as Devon/Nathan, Kristolyn Lloyd as Maggie/Mary, Alano Miller as Kwame/James, Kate Nowlin as Ginger/Patsy, and Daniel Petzold as Geoff/Cooper/Colonel Carey/Mr. Tobias. Chomet, Nowlin, and Petzold are reprising their performances from the work's 2022 world premiere at The Guthrie.

Understudies Peter McNally, Myxolydia Tyler, and Khiry Walker round out the company.

The new work finds founding father Thomas Jefferson returning to his Monticello plantation home as his relationship with Sally Hemings, sister of his enslaved valet and chef, begins to unfold. Parks has set the story inside a modern theatrical framing device that allows exploration into the parallels between 1790 and today.

Steve H. Broadnax III is directing the production, which features scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Rodrigo Muñoz, lighting design by Alan C. Edwards, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, original music by Parks and Schreier, fight and intimacy direction by Kesley Rainwater and Michael Rossmy, choreography by Edgar Godineaux, hair, wig, and make-up design by J. Jared Janas and Cassie Williams, and dramaturgy by Jesse Cameron Alick. Norman Anthony Small serves as production stage manager with Jessica R. Aguilar as stage manager.


Photos: Sally and Tom at The Public Theater

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