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Ato Blankson-Wood, Paul Alexander Nolan & Teyonah Parris

New York Theatre Workshop announces cast of Slave Play

The world premiere of Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play will feature a cast that includes Ato Blankson-Wood, Paul Alexander Nolan, Teyonah Parris and more.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

New York Theatre Workshop has announced complete casting for its upcoming world premiere of Slave Play, written by Jeremy O. Harris and directed by two-time Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara, which begins previews on November 19, 2018, ahead of an official opening on December 9 and a limited off-Broadway engagement through to December 30, 2018.

The cast of Slave Play includes (in alphabetical order) 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), Paul Alexander Nolan (as Jim) & Teyonah Parris (as Kaneisha)

Synopsis: "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. This provocative and explosive new play rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender and sexuality in 21st century America."

The creative team behind Slave Play features scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Fan Zhang, props by Noah Mease, movement by Byron Easley, and dialect coaching by Gigi Buffington. Amauta Marston-Firmino as dramaturg for the production.

Slave Play contains nudity, sexual content, sexual violence, and racially violent language, and therefore producers have set a recommendation for patrons to be aged 17 and above.

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