Inside the Opening Night of SLAVE PLAY with André De Shields

Hadestown star André De Shields celebrated the opening night of Jeremy O. Harris’s acclaimed new play, Slave Play at Broadway’s Golden Theatre in New York on October 6.

André De Shields backstage at HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Robert O’ Hara is at the helm of the Slave Play cast featuring Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Joaquina Kalukango, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan. The cast also includes understudies Eboni Flowers, Thomas Keegan, Jakeem Dante Powell, and Elizabeth Stahlmann.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan and Director Robert O’Hara. Photo by Lia Chang
Irene Sofia Lucio, Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Annie McNamara, James Cusati-Moyer, Chalia La Tour, Playwright Jeremy O’Harris at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team for the production includes Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (scenic design), four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Dede Ayite (costume design), Drama Desk Award nominee Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), three-time Drama Desk Award nominee Lindsay Jones (sound design and original music), Amauta Marston-Firmino (dramaturg), Byron Easley (movement), Drama Desk Award winner Claire Warden (intimacy and fight director), Doug Nevin (production counsel), and Taylor Williams (casting director). Mark Shacket serves as Executive Producer.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris, James Cusati-Moyer, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris, James Cusati-Moyer, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

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. The play was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Playwrighting Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play.

Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Paul Alexander Nolan, Robert O’Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, Playwright Jeremy O. Harris, James Cusati-Moyer, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are available at www.slaveplaybroadway.com, Telecharge.com, or by calling 1-800-447-7400.

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris and Director Robert O’Hara at the opening night curtain call of SLAVE PLAY. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Christina Cocchiara

SLAVE PLAY director Robert O’Hara and Ariel Shafir. Photo by Lia Chang
Ariel Shafir and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
SLAVE PLAY director Robert O’Hara and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Phillip James Brannon and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Ansel Elgort. Photo by Lia Chang
Derrick Baskin, Juwan M. Jackson, André De Shields, Ephraim Sykes. Photo by Lia Chang
Benji Kahn, Dede Ayite, Kenny Leon, André De Shields, Saheem Ali. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Matthew Lopez, Adrienne Warren and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Debbie McIntyre
Adrienne Warren, Matthew Lopez and Robert O’Hara. Photo by Lia Chang
Robert O’Hara and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Robert O’Hara, Mrs. O’Hara and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
James Bundy, André De Shields and Anne Tofflemire. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Debbie McIntyre and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The afterparty followed at Second at the Eventi Hotel.

Second at the Eventi Hotel in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Ato Blankson-Wood. Photo by Lia Chang
Annie McNamara, Irene Sofia Lucio, André De Shields and Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call. Photo by Lia Chang
Annie McNamara, Irene Sofia Lucio, André De Shields and Chalia La Tour at the opening night curtain call. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Mirirai Sithole. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang and Mirirai Sithole. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lili Cooper, Jamie deRoy, Andy Grotelueschen. Photo by Lia Chang
Mirirai Sithole, Lili Cooper, Jamie deRoy, Andy Grotelueschen. Photo by Lia Chang
Mike Karns, Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Artist Kehinde Wiley, Zahra Sherzad, Rachel Gould, Jessica Glick and Brian Keith Jackson. Photo by Lia Chang
Artist Kehinde Wiley, Zahra Sherzad, Rachel Gould, Jessica Glick and Brian Keith Jackson. Photo by Lia Chang

Richard Ridge and Chris Fink. Photo by Lia Chang
Joaquina Kalukango and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
John Farrish, Jeremy O. Harris and Veronica Farrish. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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