PASS OVER Opens on Broadway on Sunday, August 22, 2021
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:56 am EDT 08/12/21


Directed by DANYA TAYMOR


"Searing, daring, blazingly theatrical and thrillingly tense."
Jesse Green, The New York Times

(New York, NY) The Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production of Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's acclaimed, award-winning play PASS OVER, directed by Obie Award winner Danya Taymor ("Daddy," Heroes of the Fourth Turning) will move its opening night up to Sunday August 22, 2021, three weeks earlier than the previously announced opening date of Sunday September 12, 2021.

"We built our schedule with more time than we would need knowing there was a real possibility we would need to delay rehearsals or previews," said producer Matt Ross. "Thanks to the extraordinary work of everyone in this company, we've been able to safely mount this production on schedule, and we're now able to advance our opening night to August 22nd. We will still hold a larger scale celebration on September 12th, out of respect to those who have planned for that date and so that we have the time to plan how to celebrate this moment safely, but at the scale that it merits."

PASS OVER began previews on August 4th, 2021, at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre (245 W 52nd Street, New York, NY), making it the first play to begin performances on Broadway since the theater shutdown began.

PASS OVER is Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's "masterful" (Afira Akbar, The Guardian) new play, drawing inspiration from Waiting for Godot and the Exodus story, placed on a city street corner. Moses and Kitch stand around – talking shit, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space and disrupts their plans. Evoking heartbreak, hope, and joy over its 85 minutes, PASS OVER crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, illuminating the unquestionable human spirit of young men looking for a way out.

PASS OVER features the full original cast from the Lincoln Center Theater production: Tony Award nominee Jon Michael Hill (Superior Donuts, "Elementary"), Jeff Award nominee Namir Smallwood (Pipeline, BLKS) in his Broadway debut, and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda, 4000 Miles). PASS OVER also marks the Broadway debuts of both Nwandu and Taymor.

The production reunites the full design team from the Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production, with set design by Wilson Chin (Cost of Living, Wild Goose Dreams), costume design by Sarafina Bush (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development, Heroes of the Fourth Turning), lighting design by Marcus Doshi (Linda Vista) and sound design by Obie and Grammy Award winner Justin Ellington (Pipeline, Heroes of the Fourth Turning). Casting is by Erica A. Hart, Camille Hickman and Daniel Swee.

PASS OVER is produced on Broadway by Matt Ross, Jujamcyn Theaters, Lincoln Center Theater, Concord Theatricals, Madeleine Foster Bersin, Imagine Equal Entertainment, Cornice Productions, Madison Wells Live, Shelly Mitchell, Tyler Mount & Maddie Reese, Olympus Theatricals & FireMused Productions, Heidi Schreck & Jose Antonio Vargas, Sierra Lancaster, Vasthy Mompoint, Ayanna Prescod, Nina Marie Ward, Renee Montgomery, Blair Underwood, Heidi Schreck & Jose Antoinio Vargas and Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu.

The Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 (Andre Bishop, Producing Artistic Director/Evan Cabnet, Artistic Director LCT3) New York premiere of PASS OVER opened at the Claire Tow Theater where it had an acclaimed, sold-out, and extended run and received the 2019 Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. The world premiere was produced and presented at Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director and David Schmitz, Managing Director). A filmed version of Taymor's Jeff Award-winning Steppenwolf production, directed by Spike Lee, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and at SXSW.

Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine will be required for entry. Guests under the age of 16 who are unvaccinated and those guests who are unvaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time in order to enter the venue. Additional information on the vaccination requirement and safety protocols may be found at www.jujamcyn.com/pass-over-faqs.

Tickets for PASS OVER begin at $39 and are on sale through Sunday October 10, 2021. Tickets are available to purchase through SeatGeek.com.

A limited number of tickets will be available for every performance for $30 each. Digital lotteries will begin each Monday at 12:00 PM ET and close the day prior to the performance at 9:59 AM ET. Visit luckyseat.com/shows/passover-newyork to enter and for Official Rules.

Information regarding tickets for Lincoln Center Theater Members and LincTix is available at LCT.org/PassOver.

The performance schedule for PASS OVER is as follows:

Through September 5th:
Tuesday at 8pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 8pm; Thursday at 8pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. *Exceptions: there will be no 2pm performance on Wednesday August 11th.

Beginning September 7th:
Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday at 2pm & 7pm; Thursday at 7pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. *Exceptions: there will be no 2pm performance on Wednesday September 29th. There will be an added performance on Thursday September 30th at 2pm.

Additional praise for PASS OVER:

"A fascinating, daring bit of must-see theater." – Nadine Matthews, The New York Amsterdam News

"A powerfully imaginative drama...there's no denying that the work packs a powerful punch, one that's fully realized in this production, superbly staged by Danya Taymor." – Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

"An intimate political play that grapples with epic themes and is likely to leave you shaken." - Raven Snook, Time Out New York
"Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over — a provocative, inflammatory, exquisitely written work — is a new masterpiece of modern drama." Pete Hempstead, TheaterMania

"The most viscerally unsettling and provocative play I have ever seen on stage...Ms. Nwandu's text bristles, snaps, and pops...giving voice to these black men, ensuring we see and hear them. It's powerful and potent stuff." – Rob Russo, Stage Left


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ANTOINETTE CHINONYE NWANDU (Playwright/Producer) is a New York-based writer for stage, film, and television. Her play Pass Over made its New York debut at LCT3/Lincoln Center in 2018. A filmed version of the Jeff Award-winning Steppenwolf production—directed by Spike Lee— premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and at SXSW and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Victory Gardens produced the World Premiere of her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate in February of 2018. Antoinette is a MacDowell Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, an Ars Nova Play Group alum, and a Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference Literary Fellow. Honors include a Lilly Award (2020); a Lucille Lortel Award (2019); the Whiting Award (2018); the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award (2017); the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award (2008); the Negro Ensemble Company's Douglas Turner Ward Prize (2008), and spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Theater Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, Ignition Fest, the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, the Kennedy Center, Page73, PlayPenn, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time and The Movement Theater Company. Antoinette has a bachelor's degree in English, magna cum laude, from Harvard College; an MSc from The University of Edinburgh; and an MFA from NYU Tisch. Antoinette is a writer on the second season of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It for Netflix, and will premiere her play Tuvalu, or The Saddest Song at the Vineyard Theater in New York City once the theater is allowed to re-open.

DANYA TAYMOR (Director) is an Obie Award-winning New York-based director, writer, and translator. Recent direction includes Will Arbery's Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Lortel Award for Outstanding Play), Jeremy O. Harris's "Daddy" (Almeida London, New Group/Vineyard), Khat Knotahaiku's Graveyard Shift (Goodman Theatre), Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over (Lincoln Center Theater & Steppenwolf, Lortel Award for Outstanding Play), Danai Gurira's Familiar (Steppenwolf), Martyna Majok's queens (Lincoln Center Theater), Justin Kuritzkes's The Sensuality Party (The New Group), Susan Soon-He Stanton's Cygnus (WP Theater), Brian Watkins's Wyoming (Lesser America) and My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea), and Sarah Gancher's The Place We Built (The Flea). Translations include Alejandro Ricaño's We Are Getting Better at Saying Goodbye, Luis Enrique Guitierrez Ortiz Monasterio's I Hate Fucking Mexicans, and Ettore Scola's Working on a Special Day. Her production of Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over was filmed in collaboration with Spike Lee and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Awards and fellowships include the Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity from Lincoln Center, SDCF's Joe A. Callaway Award, Time Warner Directing Fellowship at WP Theater, 2050 Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop, Van Lier Directing Fellowship, Gates Foundation Grant, Rough Draft Residency at the Drama League, and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She has taught theater in Ecuador and Slovakia. BA: Duke University.

JON MICHAEL HILL is currently shooting a recurring role in AMC's upcoming courtroom drama, "61st Street" produced by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat and Michael B. Jordan. He most recently guest starred on "The Good Fight" on CBS All Access. Recent film credits include Steve McQueen's Widows. He also starred in the Spike Lee-directed Amazon Prime Video production of Pass Over, a role he originated at Steppenwolf Theatre, and reprised at Lincoln Center, for which he was nominated for a 2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play.

Hill is best known to television audiences as series regular Det. Marcus Bell in CBS's "Elementary," and as Det. Washington in ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7." He recurred as Darnell in the HBO series "Eastbound and Down." Film credits include In the Radiant City and No Pay Nudity.

Jon was nominated for a Tony Award in his Broadway debut in Superior Donuts. Off-Broadway, Jon played Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare in the Park for The Public Theater. Jon is on the Board of Trustees of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. An ensemble member since 2007, Jon has appeared in numerous Steppenwolf productions.

NAMIR SMALLWOOD is recurring in the upcoming Showtime limited series "American Rust" opposite Jeff Daniels and plays the leading role in award-winning director Alex Thompson's next indie feature, Rounding. No stranger to New York and Chicago theater, Smallwood has appeared in numerous productions such as True West opposite Jon Michael Hill and Bug opposite Carrie Coon (both of which resulted in a Jeff Award nomination), and Pass Over and Pipeline at Lincoln Center, which garnered him a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play. A Newark, New Jersey native, Namir earned a BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and is an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

GABRIEL EBERT won a Tony Award for his portrayal of 'Mr. Wormwood' in Matilda The Musical. Other stage appearances include Casa Valentina, Thérèse Raquin, Brief Encounter, and 4000 Miles. Later this year, he will be seen in a recurring role in the Apple TV+ series "Dickinson." Other film and television include "Mr. Mercedes," News of the World, "The Mandalorian," and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

WILSON CHIN's (Set Design) designs include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club), Next Fall (Broadway), Pass Over (Steppenwolf/LCT3, Lortel Award nominee), The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater/La Jolla Playhouse), Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi Theater/Public Theater). Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Eine Florentinische Tragodie/Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera, Dora Award). Film/TV: Pass Over (directed by Spike Lee), "Blindspot" (NBC). IG: @wilsonchindesign.

SARAFINA BUSH (Costume Design). Off-Broadway: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Obie Award: Playwrights Horizons); Broadway Bounty Hunter (Greenwich House); Plot Points, Pass Over (LCT3). Regional: Slow Food (Geva Theatre); Cry It Out and The Royale (Kitchen Theatre Company); Not Medea and Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Art House Productions); The White Dress (Araca Project); One Flea Spare (Playhouse Creatures); This Time (Rising Circle); Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage); Couriers and Contrabands (Barrow Group); Why You Beasting? (New York Rep). Associate and assistant costume design credits on and off Broadway. Education: BA, Adelphi University.

MARCUS DOSHI (Lighting Design) designs lighting and sets for theater, opera, and dance, and collaborates with artists and architects on a variety of non-performance-based work. His work has been seen extensively in New York (Broadway and many off-Broadway theatres, including a longstanding collaboration with Theatre for a New Audience), in Chicago (Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Lyric Opera, others), at most major regional theatres and opera companies, and internationally in 18 countries across five continents, notably at La Comédie Française, Dutch National Opera, La Monnaie, Sydney Festival, and National Arts Centre Mumbai. He is Associate Chair of Department of Theatre at Northwestern University, where he teaches design. marcusdoshi.com

JUSTIN ELLINGTON (Sound Design) is an award-winning composer and sound designer whose work has been featured on stages nationally and internationally on Broadway and off. Ellington has received OBIE Awards, an Audelco Award, and is the proud recipient of a Henry Hewes Design Award for his work in the theater. Credits include Other Desert Cities. Off-Broadway credits include Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons); The Rolling Stone, Pass Over, Pipeline (Lincoln Center); Mrs. Murray's Menagerie (ArsNova); The House That Will Not Stand, Fetch Clay Make Man (New York Theatre Workshop); He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, The Winter's Tale (Theatre for a New Audience). Additional theaters include Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theater, Guthrie Theater, The Stratford Festival (Canada), The Royal Shakespeare Company (UK), and The Old Vic (UK). Mr. Ellington has also been recognized by The American Society of Composers and Publishers along with The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his composition work in the recording industry. He has also received a Cinema in Industry Award for his soundtrack to the MOVE ACT FREE exhibit in the National Museum for Human and Civil Rights (Atlanta, Georgia).

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