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Pass Over - Full Length Play, Drama

Pass Over

Antoinette Nwandu

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m

ISBN: PMS0000000281

"Potent and promising...the language in the work is thrilling, poetical." - Chicago Tribune

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Adaptations (Literature)

75 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play -

now. right now
but also 1855
but also 13th century BCE

a ghetto street. a lamppost. night
but also a plantation
but also Egypt, a city built by slave

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner—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 with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out.

A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot, Pass Over is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice.

REVIEWS

"Potent and promising...the language in the work is thrilling, poetical." - Chicago Tribune 

"Emotional, sobering...fiercely poetic play” - The Daily Herald 

“Stunning and lyrical…should be on every theatergoer's 'must see' list." - Broadway World 


Pass Over premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, IL in June 2017 under the direction of Danya Taymor.

Characters

CASTING

3m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

MOSES – black, male, late teens/early 20s. a young man from the ghetto. brokenhearted. courageous. angry. sad
but also a slave driver
but also the prophesied leader of God’s chosen

KITCH – black, male, late teens/early 20s. a young man from the ghetto and moses’ best friend. jovial. loyal. kind. naïve. a lovely friend to have
but also a slave
but also one of God’s chosen 

MISTER – white, male, late 20s/early 30s. a man in a light-colored suit. out of his element. earnest. wholesome. terrified
but also a plantation owner
but also pharoah’s son 

OSSIFER – white, male, late 20s/early 30s. an enforcer of the law. not from around here, but always aroud. pragmatic. intimidating. also terrified
but also a patroller
but also a soldier in pharoah’s army

Videos
  • Pass Over Steppenwolf Teaser

  • Passover Steppenwolf audience response

  • Antoinette Nwandu on Pass Over

Author
Antoinette Nwandu

Antoinette Nwandu

Antoinette Nwandu is a New York-based playwright. In June, Steppenwolf presented the World Premiere of her play Pass Over, a mashup of the biblical Exodus story and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which sparked a national conversation about bias in the theater community. Her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate, about a black ... view full profile

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