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James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood in "Slave Play" at New York Theatre Workshop. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Center Theatre Group to Present Regional Premiere of ‘Slave Play’

The play is the first to be announced for the Los Angeles company’s 2020-21 season at the Mark Taper Forum.

LOS ANGELES: Center Theatre Group has announced that Slave Play, playwright Jeremy O. Harris’s Broadway debut, will receive its first production outside of New York as part of the company’s 2020-21 season at the Mark Taper Forum. Director Robert O’Hara and the original creative team behind the Broadway engagement are set to return, with casting and schedule to be announced at a later date.

Jeremy O. Harris. (Photo by Andre D. Wagner for the New York Times)

“As we look forward to the moment that we can safely return to the stage it helps to be reminded of the type of transcendent experiences that continue to draw us back to the theatre,” said Center Theatre Group artistic director Michael Ritchie in a statement. “Jeremy O. Harris’s revelatory and provocative new work changes the way we see the world around us. I knew Los Angeles needed the opportunity to see Slave Play, and the promise of this remarkable work in the hands of the original creative team sets a high standard as we continue to plan the rest of our 2020–2021 seasons at the Taper and Kirk Douglas Theatre.”

Slave Play takes place at the MacGregor Plantation, an antebellum fever dream about three interracial couples who converge to rip open history at the intersection of race, love, sex, and sexuality in 21st-century America. The 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.

Founded in 1967, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations and Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company. 

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