Slave Play

Slave Play

Tickets are on sale now for Slave Play at the Golden Theatre on Broadway.

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

Jeremy O. Harris' acclaimed drama Slave Play transfers to Broadway in fall 2019, following a celebrated run at New York Theatre Workshop from November 19, 2018 through January 13, 2019. Robert O'Hara once again directs the production, which plays a limited 17-week engagement at the Golden Theatre.

Already showered with awards, 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, Slave Play is as expertly written as it is hard-hitting. Divided into three acts, the play is both provocative and transgressive as it explores universal themes of attraction, relationships and race through the lens of four couples.

In Act I, entitled “Work,” we are transported back in time to the MacGregor Plantation, a few miles south of Richmond Virginia, as we encounter three couples’ interactions at work. Sexuality and exploitation collide in the staggering opening Act.

Act II, “Process,” takes the form of a modern day therapy session in which couples openly discuss the struggles of maintaining mutual satisfaction in their relationships. This Act also introduces same-sex relationships, fetishism and role-play (including the negative role that race can play in sexual fantasies).

Finally, Act III, “Exorcise,” tries to draw something of a conclusion on how our collective past manifests itself today in the way we view each other as potential sexual partners.

Not one for the faint-hearted, Slave Play is as risqué and as arousing as they come and ventures well outside the walls of traditional Broadway-accustomed comfort, so if you enjoy your theatre as tantalizing as it is thought-provoking, then this modern masterpiece by Jeremy O. Harris might be just what you’re looking for.  

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

Running time: 
2hrs (no intermission)
11 images
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), James Cusati-Moyer (as Dustin), Sullivan Jones (as Phillip), Joaquina Kalukango (as Kaneisha), Chalia La Tour (as Teá), Irene Sofia Lucio (as Patricia), Annie McNamara (as Alana), and 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: 
September 10, 2019
Opening date: 
October 6, 2019
January 5, 2020

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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252 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station

Latest Slave Play News & Features

Paul Alexander Nolan in Slave Play
Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play begins performances on Broadway
September 10, 2019

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris' acclaimed drama Slave Play begins performances at the Golden Theatre tonight. An official opening is scheduled for October 6 with the limited 17-week engagement running through January 5, 2020.

Paul Alexander Nolan in Slave Play
Full cast announced for Slave Play on Broadway
August 13, 2019

The majority of the celebrated Off-Broadway cast of Jeremy O. Harris' acclaimed drama Slave Play will be reprising their roles on the Great White Way this fall, as complete casting has now been confirmed. The Broadway cast includes Ato Blankson-Wood (as Gary), James Cusati-Moyer (as Dustin), Sullivan Jones (as Phillip), Chalia La Tour (as Teá), Irene Sofia Lucio (as Patricia), Annie McNamara (as Alana), and Paul Alexander Nolan (as Jim), who are all reprising their respective roles from the New York Theatre Workshop run, alongside new addition to the cast, Joaquina Kalukango (as Kaneisha).

Ato Blankson-Wood in Slave Play
Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play will transfer to Broadway in Fall 2019
July 11, 2019

Jeremy O. Harris' widely celebrated drama Slave Play is officially transferring to the Great White Way this fall. Once again under the direction of Robert O'Hara, the Broadway production is scheduled to begin previews at the Golden Theatre on September 10, 2019, ahead of an official opening on October 6 and a limited 17-week engagement through January 5, 2020.

Our Slave Play Review

PLEASE NOTE: This is an Off-Broadway review of Slave Play during its run at New York Theatre Workshop. Fasten your seat belts tightly for Jeremy O. Harris. The 29-year-old professional’s debut Slave Play is a must see. Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara directs. Slave Play is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Lotos Foundation Prize in... Read more