A white theatergoer accused the black playwright behind Broadway’s “Slave Play” of being “racist against white people” following a performance.
A source said that at a recent Q&A after the show, “A woman took offense to the ‘You are a virus’ line in the show” — in which a black character asserts that her white, British partner is infected with the history of racism like a virus — “and during the last few minutes of the talk-back proceeded to yell that she was offended, the play was racist toward white people, and she felt marginalized as a white person.”
A source told us playwright Jeremy O. Harris then “very calmly tried to engage with her and then said, ‘These are eight specific people onstage and aren’t meant to reflect all people.’”
The intense play centers on four interracial relationships.
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