'Slave Play' announces Broadway cast and Black Out performances
The return Broadway engagement of Jeremy O. Harris's Slave Play has announced its complete cast. Devin Kawaoka and Jonathan Chad Higginbotham will play Dustin and Phillip, respectively, joining previously announced original Broadway cast members Ato Blankson-Wood, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan, as well as new cast member Antoinette Crowe-Legacy.
The show also announced the return of the Black Out program, which makes certain performances of Slave Play open exclusively to Black audiences. Harris first launched the program during the play's first Broadway run, and the first Black Out performance of 2021 will be on December 3.
Slave Play takes place simultaneously on the MacGregor Plantation and a sex therapy clinic, where three interracial couples are attending workshops after the Black partners lose their attraction to their white partners. The play first ran on Broadway at the Golden Theatre in 2019 and earned 12 Tony nominations, the most of any play in Broadway history. Now, Slave Play is playing a second Broadway engagement at the August Wilson Theatre from November 23 to January 23.
Photo credit: From left to right, Annie McNamara, Jonathan Chad Higginbotham, Chalia La Tour, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Paul Alexander Nolan, Irene Sofia Lucio, Devin Kawaoka, and Ato Blankson-Wood. (Photo by Menelik Puryear)