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Prepare yourself for a rare sight — a line at a theater’s real-life box office! It’s about to happen at the August Wilson Theatre where, on Wednesday June 30 and Thursday July 1, it will open from 10am to 6pm to offer walk-up buyers a special cut-price ticket deal for the first new Broadway play of the season — Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over.

Pass Over at Lincoln Center Theater in 2019. Photo courtesy of Wilson Chin Productions.

You can grab mezzanine seats for $55 and orchestra seats for $75 — usually priced at $129 and $149, respectively. Proof of vaccination will be required for purchase. The play begins previews on August 4.

Time Out describes Pass Over as “a searingly timely look at the toll of police violence on urban communities, written by a young Black woman who is making her Broadway debut.”

Nwandu’s play takes elements of the Exodus story and Waiting for Godot and focuses on two young black men hanging out on a street corner and dreaming of a promised land. The show premiered at Lincoln Center Theater’s intimate Claire Tow space in 2018, when Time Out called it “an intimate political play that grapples with epic themes and is likely to leave you shaken”.

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This new production is directed by Dayna Taymor, and features the original cast — Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Gabriel Ebert. Nwandu has revealed that her script has been significantly rewritten to reflect evolving attitudes toward Black oppression and survival.  

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