Pass Over August Wilson Theatre

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The gripping new drama Pass Over plays the August Wilson Theatre. Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s riveting, provocative work will be the first new play to open on Broadway since the shutdown of March 2020. 

Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot and by the biblical Book of Exodus, Pass Over follows Moses and Kitch as they hang out on a street corner talking and joking. While they pass the time, the two wonder if today will be different. But when a stranger enters their space, Moses and Kitch’s plans are disrupted. Nwandu’s poetic, politically charged new work confronts the limits and the failures of the American dream.

Pass Over premiered in Chicago in 2017 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Legendary director Spike Lee filmed the Steppenwolf production for Amazon Prime. The play then had its New York off-Broadway premiere at Lincoln Center Theater in 2018, in a sold-out run met with critical acclaim. Read a 2018 review of Pass Over at Lincoln Center Theater.

Nwandu’s play was inspired in part by the shooting of Trayvon Martin, whose death sparked widespread protests across the nation. Pass Over confronts the fear which daily plagues Black lives, where even hanging out on a corner can mean risking your life. Nwandu has updated the text for every production in response to shifting world events, and will be updating the script again for the play’s Broadway premiere.

New York Times chief critic Jesse Green declared the Lincoln Center production “thrillingly tense” and “blazingly theatrical,” while Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote the play is “a powerfully imaginative drama that will shake up audiences.” 

(Photos from 2018 production by Jeremy Daniel)

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Running time: 
1hr 25mins
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About Pass Over:

In Pass Over, Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner - talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. A provocative mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus saga, Pass Over exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find.

Antoinette Nwandu
Matt Ross, Jujamcyn Theaters, Lincoln Center Theater, Concord Theatricals, Renee Montgomery, Blair Underwood, Madeleine Foster Bersin and Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu.
Danya Taymor
Marcus Doshi
Justin Ellington
Wilson Chin
Marci Rodgers
Cast list:
Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Gabriel Ebert
Pass Over Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
August 4, 2021
Opening date: 
August 22, 2021
Available from: 
August 4, 2021
Booking to: 
October 10, 2021
October 10, 2021

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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August Wilson Theatre

245 West 52nd Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
50th Street or 7th Avenue station

Latest Pass Over News & Features

Photo credit: Pass Over in 2018 (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)
'Pass Over' starts performances tonight, as the first play to reopen Broadway
August 4, 2021

‘Pass Over’ is at the August Wilson Theatre from August 4 - October 10.

Our Pass Over Review

I have seen Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over three times: once on Amazon Prime, where it was directed by Spike Lee; once off Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater; and the final time in its current version on Broadway. And every time I’ve seen it, the play has had a different ending, to reflect the current moment. But while the world has changed since when the play premiered in 2017 at Steppenwolf... Read more

I just learned that there is more than one kind of organ donor. While watching Pass Over my heart was removed from its home and messed with. I did not realize this, of course, until the end of the show because my heart was returned. I know that because it was breaking. Boom. Boom. Boom. Boom.