André De Shields and More Open Robert O'Hara's Mankind
The world premiere of Robert O'Hara's new play Mankind celebrated opening night at Playwrights Horizons at January 8. Also directed by Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy, Barbecue), the production began previews on December 15 and is set to run through January 28.
In the play, "Mark (Anson Mount) and Jason (Bobby Moreno) were keeping things casual until Jason got pregnant. But however unplanned the pregnancy was, nothing could be less expected than the chain of events it would set in motion. Robert O'Hara's audacious, hilarious allegory envisions an uncannily familiar future — one long after women have gone extinct from centuries of mistreatment — where man's capacity to f**k everything up soars to new heights."
In addition to Mount (Marvel's Inhumans) and Moreno (Lazarus), the cast features André De Shields (The Wiz), Stephen Schnetzer (Oslo), Ariel Shafir (Orange Is the New Black), and David Ryan Smith (One Man, Two Guvnors).
The play features scenic design by Tony Award winner Clint Ramos, costume design by Dede M. Ayite, lighting design by Alex Jainchill, sound design by Lindsay Jones, and video design by Jeff Sugg.