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 Paul Alexander Nolan & Teyonah Parris in Slave Play

Slave Play extends at New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop's current world premiere of Slave Play will now end its limited off-Broadway run on January 13, 2019.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

New York Theatre Workshop has announced a 2-week extension for its current world premiere of Slave Play, written by Jeremy O. Harris and directed by two-time Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara, which began previews on November 19, 2018, and is set for an official opening on December 9. The limited off-Broadway engagement will now run through to January 13, 2019 (instead of December 30).

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 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).

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 Lindsay Jones, props by Noah Mease, movement by Byron Easley, intimacy & fight direction by Claire Warden, and dialect coaching by Dawn-Elin Fraser. Amauta Marston-Firmino serves 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.

(Photo by Joan Marcus)

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