Jeremy O. Harris and More on ‘Starting Conversations’ with SLAVE PLAY on Opening Night

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Jeremy O. Harris and More on ‘Starting Conversations’ with SLAVE PLAY on Opening Night

(upbeat music) – Slave Play, the Broadway
debut of playwright Jeremy O. Harris, takes a provocative look at race, gender, and sexuality
in 21st century America with humor and unforgettable intensity. We’re here on opening
night to find out more about the play that truly
has Broadway buzzing. (audience cheering) – Jeremy has this way of writing language like naturally. It’s all there and if
you just follow that, there’s something really
satisfying that is unlocked. – It’s got a very specific point
of view for each character. Even the structure of how
he lays it out on the page. It helped me to figure out
how my character thinks. – As actors, we feel
like we’re working out all of our muscles in
order to execute the text. – If you align yourself with brave people, there is the chance for brave
work to happen consistently. I’m just excited that this
could maybe be a turning point to bring us back to
something that Broadway was a long time ago
that I think we’ve lost. – We stand on the shoulders
of so many legends– – Yes.
– And amazing artists who have been pushing for black, queer, brown work, women’s work. Far too long people have
been banging down the door and we’re the ones who get
to walk through it right now. – And it’s also about taking a look at the origins of this
country and that open wound that still has not healed and that still needs an examination, not only from audiences
within the theater, but the conversation can continue beyond when you leave the theater. – I’ve never seen a show
where people actively talk in front of the marquee
about what they experienced and you see Twitter feeds
of people talking on trains and at cafes and you don’t get that with a lot of productions and the fact that this conversation is continuing to happen is remarkable. – We’re at a time in our country where we just need to be learning about how to have conversations and this play is deeply about listening and even in an uncomfortable moment, how do you show up to listen to the person who’s across from you?

1 Comment

Tahtahme Xero · October 10, 2019 at 5:48 am

I will be real, I'm mixed Black and the premise of this doesn't feel as profound as other folks are making it. I just dont think there's ever a right time for men of any race to pay Black women to crawl on the floor and be racially degraded. I'm appalled that interracial couples have that much of a color complex they'd do things like that….very confused at Rihanna cosigning this.

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