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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A selection of articles, videos, podcasts, and resource guides to help you dig into the themes of Slave Play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
A compilation of resources that touches on mental health, self-care, understanding the trauma response, and more.
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.
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.
by Jeremy O. Harris
by Lorraine Hansberry
The Colored Museum
by George C. Wolfe
by Branden Jacobs Jenkins
by Lynn Nottage
Wedding Band and Trouble in Mind
by Alice Childress
by Suzan-Lori Parks
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation
by Jackie Sibblies Drury
by Katori Hall
Is God Is
by Aleshea Harris
Fires in the Mirror
by Anna Deavere Smith
Funnyhouse of a Negro
by Adrienne Kennedy
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf
by Ntozake Shange
by Robert O’Hara
Dream on Monkey Mountain
by Derek Walcott
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.
Thanks for joining us. Beginning Monday, December 13th, use code TALKFORWARD for up to 35% off regular ticket prices.*