‘Slave Play’ part of Jeremy O. Harris’ The Golden Collection

The collection includes 15 plays written by Black playwrights.

Photo credit: Slave Play (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

A collection of plays written by Black playwrights has been curated by Slave Play playwright Jeremy O. Harris, as announced on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Launched with the Human Rights Campaign, the Golden Collection is named after Jeremy O. Harris’ grandfather — Golden Harris — who passed away days before Slave Play was first performed at the Golden Theatre.

All fifteen plays in the collection are listed below:

A Collection of Plays (Wedding Band and Trouble in Mind) - Alice Childress

An Octoroon - Branden Jacobs Jenkins

Bootycandy - Robert O’Hara

Dream on Monkey Mountain - Derek Walcott

Fires in the Mirror - Anna Deavere Smith

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf - Ntozake Shange

Fucking A - Suzan-Lori Parks

Funnyhouse of a Negro - Adrienne Kennedy

Is God Is - Aleshea Harris

Les Blancs - Lorraine Hansberry

Slave Play - Jeremy O. Harris

Sweat - Lynn Nottage

The Colored Museum - George C. Wolfe

The Mountaintop - Katori Hall

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation - Jackie Sibblies Drury

All plays in The Golden Collection will be sent to libraries and community centers across the United States, focusing on historic sites of racial progress, as well as historic inequality. There’s also an opportunity to gift the entire collection of plays with money going towards the National Black Theatre.

Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play broke Tony Awards records, earning 12 nominations including Best Play and Best Director. In a review for New York Theatre Guide, David Walters praised the play, saying: “As we are creating a newer better society, hopefully, and as art should, lead us to openly acknowledge that this past memory exists with us all and create a better world in spite of it.”

Watch Jeremy O. Harris on Late Night with Seth Meyers below. 

Photo credit: Slave Play (Photo by Matthew Murphy)