Center Theatre Group has announced casting for the West Coast premiere of playwright Jeremy O. Harris’ new work “Slave Play” running from Feb. 9-March 13 at the Mark Taper Forum.
Two-time NAACP and Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara returns to direct “Slave Play,” which earned a record 12 Tony nominations – the most for any play in the history of the awards. O’Hara received Center Theatre Group’s inaugural Sherwood Award. The original creative team from the Broadway engagement will bring the new work to Los Angeles direct from Broadway.
The cast of “Slave Play” features Broadway company members Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Jonathan Higginbotham, Devin Kawaoka, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Paul Alexander Nolan, Jakeem Dante Powell and Elizabeth Stahlmann. The understudies are Jordan Lis Cooper, Rashaad Hall, Kineta Kunutu, James Patrick Nelson and Galen J. Williams, who was also involved in the Broadway production.
“Slave Play” takes place at the MacGregor Plantation, where nothing is as it seems, yet everything is as it seems. Three interracial couples converge at the intersection of race, love, sex and sexuality.
“Slave Play” received 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. The play was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Playwriting Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play.
Tickets for “Slave Play” are $30 and are available at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre box office, 135 N. Grand Ave. buy calling (213)972-4400, and visiting centertheatregroup.org.
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