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Head of Passes

March 17 - May 1

Newman Theater

Member tickets:
March 17 – March 27: $40
March 30 – May 1: $50
Non-Member tickets start at $60 + fees


Running time: Approximately 2 hrs with one intermission

Post-show talkbacks: Wed March 23 and Wed April 6

Free for all First Performance: Thursday, March 17

“FASCINATING! A REMARKABLE, PULL-OUT-ALL-THE-STOPS performance by PHYLICIA RASHAD. TARELL ALVIN McCRANEY is EXTRAVAGANTLY GIFTED.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times  

Tarell Alvin McCraney, MacArthur Genius Award-winning playwright of the acclaimed The Brother/Sister Plays, returns to The Public with an astonishing, deeply moving new drama about family, acceptance and the power of faith. 

At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah’s family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah (Phylicia Rashad) must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.

Regular Public collaborator Tina Landau (Superior DonutsThe Brother/Sister Plays) directs this poetic and piercing new play.

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New York Premiere
HEAD OF PASSES
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Tina Landau
Scenic Design by G.W. Mercier
Costume Design by Toni-Leslie James
Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter
Sound Design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen
Wig and Hair Design by Robert-Charles Vallance
In a co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre 


Featuring Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, Robert Joy, John Earl Jelks, Phylicia Rashad and Arnetia Walker
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