Pass Over

by  Antoinette Nwandu

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m

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

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    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
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    From Off-Broadway
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    Target Audience

    • Adult

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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.
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"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 


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


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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 75 Minutes
  • Setting:

    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

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes



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

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Cast Attributes

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



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 ameri ...

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

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