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Ato Blankson-Wood, Paul Alexander Nolan, and More Cast in Slave Play

Robert O’Hara directs the new work by Jeremy O. Harris at New York Theatre Workshop.

Ato Blankson-Wood and Paul Alexander Nolan have been cast in Slave Play.
Ato Blankson-Wood and Paul Alexander Nolan have been cast in Slave Play.
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New York Theatre Workshop has announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris (Daddy), directed by two-time Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy). Slave Play will begin previews on November 19 with an opening night set for December 9 at New York Theatre Workshop, for a limited run through December 30.

The cast for Slave Play will feature Ato Blankson-Wood (Hair), James Cusati-Moyer (Six Degrees of Separation), Sullivan Jones (The Looming Tower), Chalia La Tour (The Review or How to Eat Your Competition), Irene Sofia Lucio (Love and Information), Annie McNamara (Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf), Paul Alexander Nolan (Escape to Margaritaville), and Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk).

Slave Play is described as follows: "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."

Slave Play will feature scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Fan Zhang, and properties by Noah Mease. Movement will be by Byron Easley.