Go Inside PASS OVER’s First Performance on Broadway and Post-Show Block Party

PASS OVER is now in Previews at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City | Photo: Kayleen Bertrand for Theatrely
Kobi Kassal
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August 4, 2021 11:15 PM

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over, the first play to begin performances on Broadway since the pandemic shutdown, had its first preview tonight at the August Wilson Theatre on 52nd Street in New York City. 

Directed by Danya Taymor, the play reunites the original cast from the Lincoln Center Theater production: Tony Award nominee Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert. 

Drawing inspiration from Waiting for Godot and the Exodus story, Pass Over takes place on an unspecified 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. 

Following tonight’s performance, the audience spilled out onto 52nd Street outside the August Wilson Theatre to celebrate. With music by S.N.O.B. (DJ Duggz, DJ Ari Grooves and Emily McGill) and delicious food offerings from local vendors, it was certainly a block party we here at Theatrely will not be forgetting.

For tickets and to learn more about Pass Over, visit here. An official opening night is currently set for Sunday, September 12. 

All photos by Kayleen Bertrand for Theatrely.

Audiences were excited to enter the theatre after many months away
Vaccination cards were checked at the door of the August Wilton Theatre
The first company bow of PASS OVER
After the performance, the post-show block party spilled out onto 52nd Street
PASS OVER officially opens on Broadway on September 12

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!