August 12 – 28
By Antoinette Nwandu
Directed by Christopher burris^
“Blazingly theatrical and thrillingly tense.”
– The New York Times
“Surreal and morbidly funny. Nwandu’s theatrical idiom — the heartsick poetry of profanity applied to the raging anger of deep existential pain — is its own kind of beautiful. This playwright’s voice can be a joy to hear, and her language is often blistering.”
This compelling new drama was a sensation on Broadway in 2021. In Pass Over, Moses and Kitch hang out on the corner – talking trash, 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 derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young Black men looking for a way out. A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot and the Book of Exodus, Pass Over is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice.
From Artistic Director Brandon Carter
What is so beautiful about this play is how it is in conversation with ASC’s mission and our love of language. Pass Over’s relationship with Samuel Beckett’s existential drama Waiting for Godot and the Exodus story from the Bible places this contemporary masterwork among classic texts, while Nwandu’s poetry and rich characters will give us a glimpse of the social and psychological effects of being Black in America.
Content Warning: Pass Over contains very strong language, adult themes, and violence. Read about its recent Broadway production here.
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* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
^ The Director is a Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union