Jeremy O. Harris Makes Tony Awards History

ICM Partners client Jeremy O. Harris made Tony Awards history, with Slave Play picking up 12 nominations this week, the most for any play in the history of the Tonys.

Written during Harris’ first year at the Yale School of Drama, the show broke barriers as it tackled issues of race, sex, power relations, trauma, and interracial relationships. It originally premiered off-Broadway in 2018 before making its way to Broadway’s John Golden Theatre in October of 2019.

Speaking to Broadway News about the nominations, Harris shared his thoughts on the play’s improbable ascent, saying “This is the play I wrote for a basement theater at Yale. And I never, ever had aspirations that it would get to Broadway. In fact, it was writing it against the idea that it would go to Broadway. I was writing against commercial impulses.”

Harris received the 2020 Tony nomination for Best Play, while ICM Partners clients Joaquina Kalukango (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play), Clint Ramos (Best Scenic Design of a Play), and Dede Ayite (Best Costume Design of a Play) were also recognized for their roles in the production. The show was also nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, twice each in Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Play, and Best Direction of a Play.

On this historic achievement, Harris added “I was so honored to know that not only did the community really like this play, but also to have them say, this is a play we want to be remembered in history.”

Congratulations to Jeremy O. Harris and all of our clients involved in Slave Play!