Tony-Nominated ’Slave Play’ Returns to Broadway With Some Performances Only Open to ‘Black-Identifying’ Audiences

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris cooked up idea for “private, invitation-only” shows “free from the white gaze”

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Annie McNamara and Sullivan Jones in original Broadway production of "Slave Play" (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

“Slave Play,” the Tony-nominated and acclaimed Broadway show from Jeremy O. Harris, will return to performances at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway later this month, but this time with some special performances that will only be open to those who identify as Black.

For a few select shows starting on Friday, December 3, “Slave Play” will host “Black Out” performances that will be private, invitation-only performances that “will allow the Black-identifying audience to experience and discuss the play free from the white gaze.”

Harris came up with the idea for the Black Out shows when “Slave Play” had its original Broadway run, in recognition of Broadway’s rich, diverse and fraught history with Black work.

“Slave Play” is directed by Robert O’Hara and stars returning cast members Ato Blankson-Wood, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara and Paul Alexander Nolan. Antoinette Crowe-Legacy will also return to the show in the role of Kaneisha, which she originated in developmental production in 2017. And joining the cast are Devi Kawaoka and Jonathan Chad Higginbotham.

Other shows in the limited return engagement of “Slave Play” begin on Tuesday, Nov. 23 ahead of an official opening night on Dec. 2 and will run for eight weeks through January 23, 2022.

“Slave Play” received 12 Tony nominations, the most for any show in Broadway history.

Tickets for the Dec. 3 Black Out performance are priced at $100 or $45. For additional info and an invitation to the performance, you can email