Please note that the conversations on 1/9, 1/16 & 1/23—originally scheduled to be both in person and online—will now be virtual only.
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Andrea Ambam (she/her, Moderator) is a Brooklyn-based actress and playwright whose roots sprout from Cameroon. As a politically engaged storyteller who believes in the art’s potential for movement building and transformative justice, Andrea best intersects spaces where community, performance, and truth-telling pulsate. Currently, she is a Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist-In-Residence developing a one-woman show and serves as a Lead Facilitator for Broadway Advocacy Coalition's Reiminaging Equitable Productions workshop, addressing racial equity within broadway, off-broadway, and touring theatre companies. She has developed her practice as an Inaugural Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition, an Artist-in-Residence for Anna Deavere Smith, an EmergeNYC Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and as a competitive public speaker/performer where she has been awarded 10 national championships including "Top Speaker in the Nation" three times and gone on to debate conservative pundits on live TV. As a performer, writer, and facilitator, she’s worked with Classical Theatre of Harlem/Playbill, gal-dem, Abrons Arts Center, NYU Prison Education Program, Artists’ Literacies Institute, Centre for Social Innovation, and others. She is in the core acting ensemble of the NYU Verbatim Performance Lab. Andrea has a master’s degree in Art & Public Policy from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Antoinette Crowe-Legacy (Kaneisha, she/all) is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: BLKS (MCC Theater), If Pretty Hurts… (Playwrights Horizons), Slave Play (original company, Yale School of Drama). TV: “WeCrashed" (Apple) “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX). Upcoming she is shooting “Kindred” for FX. Film: Passing (Netflix). Awards: 2018 Carol Finch Dye Award. MFA from Yale. BFA from SMU.

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Chalia La Tour (Teá, she/her) returns to the production after earning a 2020 Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Theatre credits include Slave Play (original Broadway cast), Cadillac Crew (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition (WP Theater). TV: “The Good Fight,” “The Code” and “Elementary” on CBS. Film: The Future Is Bright. The Future Is Bright screened at the inaugural African American Smithsonian Film Festival. La Tour is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Instagram: @chalialatour

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Eboni Flowers (Kaneisha u/s, Teá u/s, she/her). Theatre credits include Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Roundabout Theater), A Raisin in the Sun (Williamstown Theater Festival), Two Trains Running (Weston Playhouse), Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1-3 (Yale Rep/A.C.T.), Dead Dog Park, Paradox of the Urban Cliche, Court-Martial at Fort Devens.

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Irene Sofia Lucio (Patricia, she/her). Broadway: Slave Play, Wit. Off-Broadway: Romeo y Julieta (The Public Theater), Slave Play, Love and Information (NYTW), OrangeJulius (Rattlestick), Undertaking (BAM), King Liz (Second Stage), We Play for the Gods (WP). Regional credits: Yale Rep, Studio Theater DC, Cal Shakes among others. TV: “The Americans,” “Bartlett,” “Madam Secretary,” “Gossip Girl,” “Casi Casi.” Co-creator of “Buts” web series (NBCU Short Film Festival winner, Imagen Award nom). Education: Princeton and Yale School of Drama. Native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Jakeem Dante Powell(Gary, he/him) Is thrilled to be returning to the Broadway cast of Slave Play! Select credits: This American Wife (Fake Friends), Twelfth Night (Yale Rep), One Room (Weston Playhouse), If Pretty Hurts… (Yale School of Drama), Slave Play (Yale School of Drama). Upcoming film: Rustin. MFA Yale School of Drama. IG: jakeemdpowell

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Devin Kawaoka(Dustin, he/him). Broadway debut. Off-Broadway: City Of (Playwrights Realm), Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company) for which his performance was awarded the Rosemarie Tichler grant. Select film/TV: “Lucifer,” “Goliath,” “American Housewife,” Marvel’s “The Runaways,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Path,” “Good Trouble,” The Manor, Under the Silver Lake, Under the Lantern Lit Sky, Submission. Training: MFA, NYU Graduate Acting.

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Jonathan Higginbotham(Phillip, he/him). A Lie Agreed Upon (The Gamm Theatre), JQA (The Gamm Theatre), Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theater), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Cymbeline (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), KMS…The feels (New Ohio Theatre). TV: “Shining Vale” (Starz), “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Bonding” (Netflix). Jonathan studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford. He holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

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A selection of articles, videos, podcasts, and resource guides to help you dig into the themes of Slave Play.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. How Is It Different From PTSD?

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A short overview of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, an explanatory theory that examines generational trauma, by Dr. Joy DeGruy, researcher, educator, and author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.

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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a Racist Idea

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Author, activist, and historian Ibram X. Kendi presents a counterpoint to the theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. He argues that Black people as a group do not need to be healed from racist trauma—they need to be freed from it.

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#consentsowhite: On the Erotics of Slave Play in “Slave Play”

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A psychoanalyst's perspective on the nuances of the play as both a commentary on race relations and an exploration into taboo and forbidden sexual appetites, and a piece of art that examines the especially difficult junction between sexuality and trauma.

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'Polyamory Isn't Just For White People'

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This episode of the Strange Fruit podcast discusses the fact that despite well-received representation in popular films and television shows, once-taboo areas of romance and sexuality are primarily only socially acceptable for white folks to explore. Since enslavement, Black bodies—especially those of Black women—have been scrutinized, and today those bodies are prevented from safely exploring the liberatory practices of sex-positivity that many white people enjoy.

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Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics

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In this in-depth article, Kimberlé Crenshaw sets out to answer one question: Why is viewing antidiscrimination theory and praxis/practice (specifically, feminist theory and antiracist politics) from a single-axis framework problematic?

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The 'Beautiful Experiments' Left Out of Black History

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Saidiya Hartman, author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals, offers up a look into some of the Black lives that have been seemingly erased from the history books, on this episode of The United States of Anxiety podcast.

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What An Interracial Household Looks Like After George Floyd’s Murder

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As a historian of environmental justice and African American history, writer Faith Ashmore—who is a white woman in an interracial marriage—says she possesses the academic and intellectual knowledge to contribute to conversations about recent police killings with her Black husband but not the emotional knowledge. This episode of Strange Fruit digs into interracial household dynamics, post 2020.

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Resources for Black Healing

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A compilation of resources that touches on mental health, self-care, understanding the trauma response, and more.

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Save the Tears: White Woman's Guide

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Black folks are protesting for their survival, and you're a white woman who isn't sure how to help. What now? Designer, engineer, and technology activist Tatiana Mac wrote you a guide.

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THE GOLDEN
COLLECTION

Launched in 2020, The Golden Collection was named in honor of Jeremy O.Harris's beloved grandfather, Golden Harris, who passed away two weeks before Slave Play was assigned the Golden Theatre as the site of its historic original Broadway run. Featuring 15 plays by prominent Black playwrights, the full collection has been donated to libraries and community centers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Click on individual titles for more info and to purchase.

Black Work Broadway is an evolving and comprehensive record of all the plays, musicals, musical revues, and other performances presented in Broadway houses, that were either written or created by Black artists. Black Work Broadway seeks to create lasting and living documentation of Black artists’ work on Broadway for the benefit of new generations of artists, audiences, and scholars.

Speaking of Black work on Broadway, this season—a historic and overdue one for Broadway—includes the work of eight Black playwrights (so far). These shows examine the unique and multi-faceted aspects of the Black experience and collectively represent a meaningful moment in the journey towards an equitable Broadway.
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Founded in 2016 by members of the Broadway community as a direct response to the nation's pandemic of racism and police brutality, Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) has since grown into a Tony Award-winning organization uniting artists with legal experts and community leaders to have a lasting impact on policy issues including criminal justice reform, education equity, and liberation within the theatrical industry.

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