Jeremy O. Harris’s controversial yet captivating show, Slave Play, is coming back to Broadway this harvest season. Anyone who loves the three-act play with all the drama surrounding it will have eight weeks of engagement to enjoy the entertainment, comedy, and even the thought-provoking content. And, critics too are welcome to the upcoming Broadway return of Slave Play.
The Slave Play Controversy
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris is privy to the criticism regarding Slave Play’s depiction of slavery and racism. Even so, nothing deters him from directing a world-class theatre performance. As Mr. Harris announced the play’s return during a party for its production, one can’t help but notice the coincidence that it was just after a Tony Awards ceremony where the play bagged no win, even after being nominated for all 12 Tonys. While the Tony Awards voters didn’t vote for Slave Play, it’s arguable that Mr. Harris and the Slave Play production crew leveraged the awards night and garnered enough publicity for the upcoming Broadway show.
The Original Crew Returns
Coming back with the Slave Play Show is pretty much of the original 2019-2020 cast. Some returning cast members include Chalia La Tour, Ato Blankson-Wood, Annie McNamara, Paul Alexander Nolan, and Irene Sofia Lucio. Joining the cast will be Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, who’ll play Kaneisha, a role that Harris originally wrote for the actress way back in drama school at Yale. The Slave Play production team will release additional casting at a later date. You can bet the line-up will be just as good as the current crew!
Save The Dates
Tuesday, November 23, is the day to mark on your calendar if you want to catch the first theatrical performance of Slave Play on Broadway this year. The production team has scheduled a strict limited edition eight-week engagement, with the play running through to Sunday, January 23, 2022. Broadway fanatics and any other theatre lover can catch the Broadway run of the intriguing show this fall at the August Wilson Theatre. Afterward, the play will move to the Los Angeles-based Theatre, Center Theatre Group.
Ticket Access Couldn’t Be Any More Pocket-Friendly
To enhance the accessibility of the Slave Play show’s tickets and enact its promise of delivering radical ticket access, the production team promises to release 10,400 tickets for just $39 each. The commitment is a step towards the right direction in promoting easy ticket access to all, with the producers doubling the cheap ticket sale compared to the initial play run. Slave Play will cast special performances and screenings dubbed “Black Out” performances tailor-made for black audiences. Here, the theatre will be full of invite-only black-identifying patrons. With easy access to a star-studded theater where the drama comes alive, nothing stops show lovers from having a great time at Broadway.
Meet The Slave Play Production Team
Director Robert O’Hara, who stuck with the play from its inception between September 2019 and January 2020 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre, returns with the show this November. Slave Play producers include Cohen Hopkins Productions, Seaview Productions, Troy Carter, Level Forward, and Nine Stories, and Shooting Star Productions. Other producers who play a huge role in the making of the play include Sing Out, Louise! Productions, Roth-Manella Productions, and Carlin Katler Productions.
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris says the return of Slave Play gives New York and the world at large a chance to reunite with a play that many met at the New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway between 2018 and 2019. He further notes that many met Slave Play when it got published during a year that theatres globally “were dark.” Mr. Harris goes ahead and states that bringing the play to life in 2021 with “the Kaneisha,” whose role originated at Yale and the original cast members fills him with as much joy as he had when he watched the play for the first time in class five years ago.
Generally, the mood surrounding Slave Play’s return is cheerful. Head over to Broadway this fall and have a first-hand experience of the outstanding show.
About David Milberg
David Milberg is an experienced financial analyst and entrepreneur from New York City. Milberg is a proud father of three kids. Milberg graduated from Princeton University with a BA in History and graduated from Columbia University with an MBA. David Milberg currently serves as a Senior Vice President at Milberg Factors, Inc.
Over his tenure at Milberg Factors, David has also been involved in numerous not-for-profit activities. In light of David’s charitable work, he was honored in the year 2000 by the accountants and bankers division of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York and by the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Foundation. David Milberg has also been active in the Lincoln Center Business Council.
David Milberg has invested in such major broadway productions as Mel Brook’s The Producers, The Weir, and the hit revival of Pippin directed by Diane Paulus and starring Tony Award Winner Patina Miller at the Leading Player. David sits on the Board of Trustees for The Prospect Theater Company and is a fervent supporter of the Lincoln Center Theater. David Milberg presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Triangle Club, where he was Vice-Chairman.
David Milberg has a rich, varied background in musical theater and live stage performance.