Those eagerly awaiting Broadway’s first opening night of the 2021-22 season just got luckier. 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), has rescheduled its opening night 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 22. We will still hold a larger scale celebration on September 12, 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 4, 2021, at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre, 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.
August Wilson Theatre
245 West 52nd Street, NYC
Opening Night: August 22, 2021