Tony Award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad will return to the Mark Taper stage in Head of Passes, a powerful, deeply moving new drama about family and the power of faith by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays). Directed by Tina Landau, Head of Passes begins performances on September 13 and continues through October 22, 2017. The opening night is set for September 24. Additional casting has yet to be announced.
Family and friends are gathering to celebrate Shelah’s (Rashad) birthday under the leaky roof of her home at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But an unwanted birthday party and unrelenting rains are only the first challenges in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job in which unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.
Head of Passes,which took home two Lucille Lortel Awards for Lead and Featured Actress in A Play, was last seen at The Public Theater in New York, where it received rave reviews. New York Times theater critic, Ben Brantley praises Rashad’s performance saying, “…Ms. Rashad gives the impression that she could definitely hold her own on Shakespeare’s blasted heath. Portraying a sorely tested Southern matriarch, she can be found railing against God and the elements with a harrowingly Lear-like rage.”
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