News: Full Creative Team And Understudies Announced For Slave Play

May 21, 2024
News: Full Creative Team And Understudies Announced For Slave Play

As the first day of rehearsals gets underway this week, the full creative team and understudies of the UK premiere of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by Robert O’Hara, have been announced.

This ground-breaking play about race, identity and sexuality in twenty-first century America will play a strictly limited season from 29 June – 21 September 2024 at the intimate Noël Coward Theatre.

The understudies completing the cast are Troy Alexander, Dimitri Gripari, Maite Jauregui, Prince Kundai and Malikah Mcherrin-Cobb.

They join the previously announced cast which includes Fisayo Akinade (The Crucible, National Theatre; Heartstopper, Netflix), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, HBO; True West, West End), Aaron Heffernan (Brassic, Sky; Atlanta, FX), Olivia Washington (I Am Virgo, Amazon Prime; Breaking, Bleecker Street) alongside James Cusati-Moyer (Six Degrees of Separation, Broadway; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix), Chalia La Tour (The Good Fight; Elementary, both CBS), Annie McNamara (Orange is the New Black, Netflix; Iowa, Playwrights Horizons) and Irene Sofia Lucio (The Americans, FX;  Wit, Broadway) who will reprise their roles from the original Broadway production.

The full creative team of Slave Play includes Clint Ramos (set design) Dede Ayite (costume design), Jiyoun Chang (lighting), and Lindsay Jones (composition and sound design), Amy Ball (casting), Aundrea Fudge (voice and dialect coach), Claire Warden (intimacy and fight director), Taylor Williams (original US casting) and Wabriya King (drama therapist) Byron Easley (US Choreographer) Jade Hackett (UK Choreographer).

Slave Play originally opened in 2018 at New York Theatre Workshop before it transferred to Broadway’s John Golden Theatre in 2019. The production received a record breaking 12 nominations at the 74th Tony Awards.

The playwright and creator of Slave Play, Jeremy O. Harris was nominated for two Tony Awards in 2023 for producing The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window and Ain’t No Mo’. In 2022 he opened his play Daddy at the Almeida Theatre in London, before it then opened at the Tokyo Globe Theatre. His television credits include HBO’s Euphoria and Irma Vep. As an actor, Jeremy recently appeared on HBO Max’s Gossip Girl and returned as Grégory Duprée in Netflix’s Emily in Paris. He is executive producer of Invasive Species, a new play by Maia Novi which is playing until 30 June 2024 at The Vineyard’s Dimson Theater in New York.

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