‘Slave Play’ part of Jeremy O. Harris’ The Golden Collection
The collection includes 15 plays written by Black playwrights.
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
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)