Pass Over

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Pass Over

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m

A provocative riff on Waiting for Godot, Pass Over is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice.
  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary
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.
History
Pass Over premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, IL in June 2017 under the direction of Danya Taymor. The play made its Off-Broadway on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater.
Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 75 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Gun Shots
    • Intense Adult Themes
    • Strong Language

Media

"Emotional, sobering... [a] fiercely poetic play.” – Daily Herald

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

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

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

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  • Pass Over Steppenwolf Teaser

  • Passover Steppenwolf audience response

  • Antoinette Nwandu on Pass Over

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Antoinette Nwandu

Antoinette Nwandu is a New York-based playwright who was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her play Pass Over made its New York debut at LCT3/Lincoln Center in 2018. A filmed version of the Jeff Award-winning Steppenwolf production—directed by Spike Lee—premiered at the 2018 Su ...

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