Marin Theatre Company to present Antoinette Chinoye Nwandu’s acclaimed drama “Pass Over” from January 27—February 20, 2022

MARIN THEATRE COMPANY TO PRESENT THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF THE BROADWAY VERSION OF ANTOINETTE CHINONYE NWANDU’S
PASS OVER
 
Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and the Book of Exodus, Pass Over illuminates the unquestionable human spirit of two young men looking for a way out
 
*** January 27–February 20, 2022 ***

2018 Whiting Foundation Award winner Antoinette Nwandu, New York, New York, March 22, 2018. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan http://www.beowulfsheehan.com

MILL VALLEY, CA (December 28, 2021)—Marin Theatre Company kicks off the new year with the West Coast premiere of the Broadway version of Antoinette Chinoye Nwandu’s acclaimed drama, Pass Over. Hailed as “bold, urgent, and impassioned” (Time Out New York), Pass Over tells the story of Moses and Kitch, two young Black men who pass the time talking smack 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. Evoking heartbreak, hope, and joy over its 85 minutes, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, illuminating the unquestionable human spirit of young, Black men looking for a way out. Featuring a spectacular new ending only seen in the recent acclaimed Broadway engagement, Pass Over is a rare piece of politically charged theater by a bold new American voice.

Pass Over will perform at Marin Theatre Company (397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley) January 27—February 20, 2022. Single tickets ($25–$60) can be purchased online at marintheatre.org or by calling 415-388-5208. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

“In 2015, Antoinette Nwandu wrote an urgent play that, in her words, was ‘in response to the epidemic of extrajudicial murder of black men’,” said Marin Theatre Company Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis. “Marin Theatre Company scheduled the play for May/June 2020 and it was eventually postponed. Throughout 2020 and into 2021, Antoinette revisited her masterpiece and crafted a new ending that expands the scope and importance of this amazing work of art that now exists in three versions—the 2017 original, the 2018 version filmed by Spike Lee, and the 2021 version that reopened Broadway in August 2021. This magnificent story chronicles two young Black men’s experience of American life leading up to 2020 and now the play’s new ending offers hope for the future and the possibility of finally passing over into a new possibility as we move into 2022.”

Adds Marin Theatre Company Managing Director Meredith Suttles: “Producing Pass Over furthers Marin Theatre Company’s commitment to creating work that not only inspires conversation and learning, but also action in building more equitable and inclusive communities.”

Under the direction of Kevin R. Free, the cast of Pass Over includes Edward Ewell as Moses, LeRoy S. Graham III as Kitch, and Adam Roy as Mister/Ossifer.

The creative and technical team for Pass Over includes Ed Haynes (Set Designer), Alice Ruiz (Costume Designer), Grisel Torres (Lighting Designer), Chris Sauceda (Sound Designer), Piper Dellums (Mental Health Consultant/Drama Therapist), Christina Hogan (Stage Manager), and Tanika Baptiste (Production Assistant).

Marin Theatre Company is a vaccinated organization, including staff, artists and volunteers. For the health and safety of our artists, audiences, staff, and volunteers, Marin Theatre Company will observe the following safety measures:

  • All patrons (including children) must be fully vaccinated to enter Marin Theatre Company; no exceptions will be allowed. A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 >2 weeks after receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) or >2 weeks after the receipt of the single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
     
  • All patrons must present a vaccination card, or a legible photo of your card, or a digital vaccine record (for instance, myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov) with matching photo ID. 
     
  • Masks must be worn at all times in all areas of the theatre, except actors performing on stage.   

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