Slave Play

Slave Play has closed on Broadway.

Jeremy O. Harris' acclaimed drama Slave Play returns to Broadway, following celebrated runs at New York Theatre Workshop and the Golden Theatre. Robert O'Hara once again directs the production, which plays a limited eight-week engagement at the August Wilson TheatreSlave Play tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.

Divided into three acts, Harris' play is both provocative and transgressive as it explores universal themes of attraction, relationships and race through the lens of four couples. 

Act 1 is titled “Work” and is set a few miles south of Richmond, Virginia. Act 2 is titled “Process” and follows a modern-day therapy session. Act 3 is titled “Exorcise” and explores how our collective past manifests itself into modern-day situations.

Following its historic 12 nominations at the 74th Tony Awards — the most for any Broadway play in history — Slave Play will challenge and thrill Broadway audiences once more, venturing outside the realms of traditional Broadway plays. Slave Play is showered with plaudits, including the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences and the 2018 Paula Vogel Award.

NOTE: This play contains nudity, sexual content, sexual violence, and racially violent language.

Tickets to Slave Play are available now. Book Slave Play tickets on New York Theatre Guide today.

(Photos by Matthew Murphy)

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Running time: 
2hrs (no intermission)
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About Slave Play:

The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation — in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. It’s an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House. Jim trembles as Kaneisha handles melons in the cottage, Alana perspires in time with the plucking of Phillip’s fiddle in the boudoir, while Dustin cowers at the heel of Gary’s big, black boot in the barn. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems.


Child Policy:
Recommended for Ages 17+
Jeremy O. Harris
Greg Nobile and Jana Shea of Seaview Productions, Troy Carter, Level Forward, and Nine Stories
Robert O’Hara
Jiyoun Chang
Lindsay Jones
Clint Ramos
Dede Ayite
Cast list:
Ato Blankson-Wood (as Gary), Devin Kawaoka (as Dustin), Jonathan Chad Higginbotham (as Phillip), Antoinette Crowe-Legacy (as Kaneisha), Chalia La Tour (as Teá), Irene Sofia Lucio (as Patricia), Annie McNamara (as Alana), Paul Alexander Nolan (as Jim)
Other info:
Movement by Byron Easley, Dramaturgy by Amauta Marston-Firmino, and Intimacy & Fight Direction by Claire Warden
Slave Play Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
November 23, 2021
Opening date: 
December 2, 2021
January 23, 2022

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 Slave Play News & Features

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'Slave Play' to host digital lottery
November 29, 2021

The Broadway production of Slave Play at the August Wilson Theatre will host a digital lottery for performances beginning on December 1. The play began performances November 23 and will open on December 2.

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'Slave Play' announces Broadway cast and Black Out performances
November 9, 2021

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.

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'Slave Play' to return to Broadway this fall
September 26, 2021

Jeremy O. Harris's Slave Play will return to Broadway in November. The new production will go up at the August Wilson Theatre, which currently houses Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over until October 10.

Joaquina Kalukango & Paul Alexander Nolan in Slave Play
A New York Theatre Guide to... Slave Play!
November 26, 2019

Jeremy O. Harris’ provocative new drama Slave Play, directed by Robert O’Hara, has been on quite the journey to the Great White Way. It has been showered with awards, from the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award to the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and from The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences to the 2018 Paula Vogel Award. It has also enjoyed an acclaimed Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop in fall 2018/winter 2019.

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris
New York Theatre Guide at the Opening Night of Slave Play on Broadway
October 7, 2019

Last night the New York Theatre Guide was on hand to celebrate Opening Night for one of the most talked-about plays in town. Scribe Jeremy O. Harris took center stage at the Golden Theatre during the curtain call to take a moment and bask in his well-deserved standing ovation for his widely lauded drama Slave Play that has so deeply and vividly intertwined itself with the current Zeitgeist. Read our full 4* review of the production here.

Joaquina Kalukango & Paul Alexander Nolan in Slave Play
Official Broadway production photos released for Slave Play
October 1, 2019

Ahead of this Sunday's official opening, producers of the celebrated new drama Slave Play have released official Broadway production photos. Playwright Jeremy O. Harris' controversial piece began preview performances at the Golden Theatre on September 10, 2019, and is scheduled to officially open on October 6 and play a limited 17-week engagement through January 5, 2020.

Our Slave Play Review

How far back do our memories go? What’s the first thing you remember as a child? How old were you? That memory is part of our current self and what we consciously know. Is there something deeper though, an unconscious ancestral memory?