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By Jeremy O. Harris
Directed by Robert O'Hara

2018/19 Season

November 19, 2018—December 30, 2018

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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.

In this provocative and explosive new play, Jeremy O. Harris rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender and sexuality in 21st century America. Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara directs.

SLAVE PLAY is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences and the 2018 Paula Vogel Award.

Scenic design by Clint Ramos
Costume design by Dede Ayite
Lighting design by Jiyoun Chang
Sound design by Lindsay Jones
Properties by Noah Mease
Movement by Byron Easley
Intimacy & Fight Director Claire Warden
Dramaturg Amauta Marston-Firmino
Dialect Coach Dawn-Elin Fraser
Stage Manager Jhanaë K-C Bonnick


This play contains nudity, sexual content, simulated sexual violence, and racially violent language. Recommended for ages 17+.

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  • Gary

    Stage credits include: The Total Bent at The Public Theater (Drama League, Lucille Lortel nominations), Hair (Broadway and West End), Twelfth Night and As You Like It at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Transfers at Manhattan Class Company, Antigone in Ferguson at the Harlem Stage, the Foundry Theater’s production of O. Earth, Iphigenia in Aulis at Classic Stage Company and Lysistrata Jones. Film/TV: Spike Lee’s Black KKKlansman, The Kindergarten Teacher opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal, Detroit, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon), “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix) and “The Good Fight” (CBS). He is a 2017 recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, a member of The Actors Center and holds a BFA from NYU and MFA from The Yale School of Drama.

  • Dustin

    Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation (dir. Trip Cullman). Off-Broadway: Nijinsky​ in World Premiere of Fire and Air by Terrence McNally (Classic Stage Company, dir. John Doyle); The Devil in The Soldier’s Tale featuring Michael Cerveris (Carnegie Hall, dir. Liz Diamond). Regional: KISS at Yale Repertory Theatre (CT Critics Circle Nominee, Best Featured Actor), Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Television: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Path,” “Red Oaks,” “Blue Bloods,” “Time After Time.” Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama.

  • Phillip

    Sullivanwas born and raised in the Bay Area and is a proud alumnus of Brown University and UCLA’s School of Theater. He is a recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Award for Theater. Sullivan has appeared with The Denver Center (Frankenstein), Berkeley Repertory Theater (Head of Passes), Baltimore Center Stage (One Night in Miami…), Long Wharf Theater (Smart People), TheaterWorks (Clementine in the Lower 9), The African American Shakespeare Company (Twelfth NightCinderella), among others. He is currently starring in Epic Theatre Ensemble’s World Premiere production of The Winning Side in New York. On screen, Sullivan was most recently a series regular in this year’s acclaimed limited series “The Looming Tower” (Hulu). He has also appeared in “The Good Fight” (CBS), “House of Cards” (Netflix), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “Blue Bloods” (CBS) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS).

  • Teá

    Chalia is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s MFA Acting program and is originally from Stockton, California. Theatre credits include: The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition (WP Theater), Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville). TV credits include: “The Good Fight” and “Elementary” on CBS. Film credits include: The Future is Bright and Three Pregnant Men. The Future is Bright has been screened at many festivals including The Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival and the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival. La Tour is also an alumna of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Program and The British American Dramatic Academy. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. For more information on her work go to chalialatour.com

  • Patricia

    NYTW: Love and Information. Broadway: Wit. Off-Broadway: Orange Julius (Rattlestick), The Undertaking (BAM/Theatre de la Ville), King Liz (Second Stage Uptown), We Play for the Gods (Women’s Project), Estrella Cruz the Junkyard Queen (Ars Nova). Regional Credits include: El Huracán (Yale Rep), Bad Jews (Helen Hayes Nomination, Studio Theater DC), Pygmalion (Cal Shakes), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Rep), After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival). Television: “The Americans” (FX), “Bartlett” (Amazon), “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “Gossip Girl” (CW), “Stranded in Paradise” (Hallmark), “Casi Casi” (HBO Latino). She is Co-Creator, Producer, and Actor for BUTS Webseries, a 2-time Imagen Award nominee and NBC Short Film Festival finalist. She is a graduate of Princeton University and The Yale School of Drama. Irene is a proud member of the Actor’s Center and a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • Alana

    Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf (Elevator Repair Service/ERS – NYC & Dublin Theatre Festival); Iow@ (Playwrights Horizons, Lortel Nomination); *GATZ (The Public); *The Sound and The Fury: April Seventh, 1928 (New York Theatre Workshop); We’re Gonna Be Okay (Humana Festival/Actors Theatre of Louisville); A Map of Virtue (13P); That Pretty Pretty; or The Rape Play (Rattlestick); God’s Ear (New Georges); Rapture, Blister, Burn (The Huntington); Nurses in New England (Half Straddle). Film & TV: Blue Jasmine; “Orange Is the New Black” (recurring); “The Knick;” “Mozart in the Jungle.” Clubbed Thumb, where she is an Affiliated Artist: The World My Mama Raised; The Tomb of King Tot41-derfulLay Me Down, Justin TimberlakeU.S. Drag. *National and international touring with ERS.

  • Jim

    Paul is a renowned Canadian actor who recently played the lead on Broadway in the new musical, Escape to Margaritaville. Previously, he starred in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s original Broadway musical, Bright Star, for which he earned a 2016 Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Featured Actor. He was also an Outer Critics Circle nominee as Best Featured Actor for the Broadway musical, Doctor Zhivago. His Broadway career began with his debut in Jesus Christ Superstar, and he also starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago, one of the longest running Broadway musicals in history. This summer, Paul shot guest roles on both “Madam Secretary” and “Instinct.” This fall, he’ll be shooting a prominent role in the indie film, The Scottish Play. Additional credits include the Off-Broadway world premiere and cast album of the musical, Daddy Long LegsThe Who’s TommyWest Side Story and As You Like It at the Stratford Festival; and the world premiere of the rock musical, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

  • Kaneisha

    Teyonah recently completed production on Netflix’s Point Blank remake opposite Anthony Mackie, and is about to begin production on Sony’s 12 O’Clock Boys, written by Barry Jenkins and Sherman Payne. Parris can next be seen co-starring in the film If Beale Street Could Talk, directed by Barry Jenkins and adapted from the James Baldwin novel. The film had its world premiere to critical acclaim at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and will screen as part of the New York Film Festival before releasing this November. Parris made her film debut in James L. Brooks’ How Do You Know. She went on to receive critical acclaim and accolades for her leading film performances in Justin Simien’s Dear White People and Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, including an NAACP Image Award nomination. On television, Parris had a memorable recurring role in AMC’s hit series “Mad Men,” where she and the cast received a SAG ensemble nomination. She was recently seen in an arc on Lee Daniels and Danny Strong’s “Empire” after she wrapped her series regular run on the popular series “Survivor’s Remorse.”  In 2010, Parris made her professional stage debut on Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theater production of John Guare’s A Free Man of Color opposite Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def. Parris is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.

Jeremy O. Harris / Playwright

JEREMY O. HARRIS is a theatre artist currently residing in New Haven, CT by way of Los Angeles, CA. As a playwright, his full-length plays include Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, “Daddy”, WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys and Slave Play (Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award). His work as a writer and director has been presented or developed by Pieterspace, JACK, Ars Nova, The New Group, NYTW, Performance Space New York and Playwrights Horizons. His work as an actor has been seen at About Face Theatre, The Goodman and most recently HBO’s “High Maintenance.” He is a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Orchard Project Greenhouse artist, resident playwright with Colt Coeur, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons. Jeremy is currently in his second year at the Yale School of Drama.

Robert O'Hara / Director

Robert O’Hara has received the NAACP Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obies and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the world premieres of Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/ Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy, Kirsten Childs’ Bella: An American Tall Tale, as well as his own plays, Mankind, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History. His recent plays Zombie: The American and Barbecue world premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theater and New York Shakespeare Festival, respectively. His recent directing projects include, Kirsten Child’s Bubbly Black Girl at City Center/Encores Off Center, the Universes’ Uni/Son, inspired by the poetry of August Wilson at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He holds a Directing MFA from Columbia University.

Clint Ramos / Scenic Design

NYTW debut. Broadway: Sets and/or costumes: EclipsedOnce On This IslandTorch Song, Six Degrees of Separation, Sunday in the Park With George, In Transit, Elephant Man, Violet. Over 200 Off-Bway, Regional, International credits. Awards: Tony, Obie, 2 Lortels, 3 ATW Henry Hewes. Head of Design at Fordham University.

Dede Ayite / Costume Design

NYTW debut. Broadway: American SonChildren of A Lesser God. Select Off-Broadway: Fireflies, Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic); School Girls (MCC); The Royale (Lincoln Center); Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout); Regionally: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, La Jolla, Berkeley Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, Arena Stage, Steppenwolf, McCarter. Television: Comedy Central; FOX. Awards: Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Jeff Awards

Jiyoun Chang / Lighting Design

NYTW: Sojourners, Her Portmanteau. Recent Theatre: Plot Points in our Sexual Development, brownsville song, Relevant, Sleep, Our Country, Too Heavy for Your Pocket, Ugly Lies the Bone, The Dance and The Railroad. Regional: Cal Shakes, Berkeley Rep, Guthrie, The Old Globe, OSF Obie Award Special Citation in Lighting Design. Yale School of Drama. Jiyounchang.com

Fan Zhang / Sound Design

NYTW debut. Off-Broadway: Beautiful Day Without You, Scissoring. NYC: Tania in the Gateway Van (New Georges), Calling ( La MaMa), Interstate (NYMF). Regional: Seven Guitars at Yale Repertory Theatre (CT Critics Circle, Outstanding Sound Design),  Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre. Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama. fanzhangsound.com

Noah Mease / Props Design

NYTW: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Hadestown. Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Off-Broadway: Oklahoma! (St. Ann’s), He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (TFANA), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), School Girls… (MCC), John (Signature – Obie Award), An Octoroon (Soho Rep., TFANA). Ars Nova’s Play Group 2018-19.

Byron Easley / Movement

NYTW debut. Off-Broadway: X: Or Betty Shabazz V. The Nation (Lortel Nom), The Bubbly Black Girl (City Center Encores), The Tempest (Audelco nom), Langston in Harlem (SDC Joe Callaway & Audelco Awards). In addition to numerous Regional Theater productions, Byron is an Associate Arts Professor at NYU-Tisch.

Claire Warden / Intimacy & Fight Director

Claire is an intimacy director, fight director, teacher and actress with over twenty years experience in theatre, TV and film across America and the UK. Claire is an intimacy director and the Intimacy Director Liaison with Intimacy Directors International and a founding member of Theatrical Intimacy (UK), and is co-leading the intimacy direction movement across America and Great Britain. She has intimacy di-rected and consulted on numerous stage and screen productions across the country and is the Intimacy Consultant and Director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has delivered workshops, presentations and panels at Julliard, Yale, NYU, Cambridge Universi-ty (UK), the O’Neill Theatre Center, HB Studios, UConn, Northeastern University, Sonoma State and for conferences and theatre communi-ties on both sides of the Atlantic. She is also part of the teaching team of Intimacy Directors International, training the next generation of Intimacy Directors. She is a faculty member of Shakespeare and Company, MA as fight and text teacher as well as a freelance choreographer and acting coach.

Her movement training and extensive background in acting is coupled with her broad experience in working with directors and actors of all levels and backgrounds across the UK and America. Her focus, joy and purpose is empowering those she works with to achieve their full creative potential. She is deeply committed to serving the ensemble, advocacy for actors and supporting artists in their creative process.

Amauta Marston-Firmino / Dramaturg

NYTW debut. Regional: El Huracán (Yale Rep). He was co-curator of Yale Cabaret’s Satellite Festival (2017-2018), and Managing Editor of Theater Magazine (2017-2018). His writing has been published by 3HolePress, Howlround, Interim Journal, the Gallatin Review, and more. Education: BA NYU Gallatin, MFA (2019) Yale School of Drama.

Dawn-Elin Fraser / Dialect Coach

NYTW: The House That Will Not Stand, An Ordinary Muslim, Sojourners & Her Portmanteau, Nat Turner in Jerusalem. Broadway: Once on this Island, Waitress, Finding Neverland. Off-Broadway: Barbeque, Our Lady of Kibeho, Invisible Thread. National Tour: Waitress, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Finding Neverland.  Director of Professional Training, Tisch Drama/NYU.

Jhanaë K-C Bonnick / Stage Manager

NYTW: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Hadestown. Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation, The Cherry Orchard. Select Off-Broadway: Rags Parkland Sings…, Memory Retrograde (Ars Nova); Is God Is (Soho Rep); Sound House (New Georges); {my lingerie play}… (Rattlestick); Primer for a Failed Superpower (The TEAM). Select Regional: Lempicka (Williamstown). BA SUNY New Paltz.