by Jeremy O Harris
In Jeremy O. Harris’ searing new play “Daddy,” Franklin (Ronald Peet), a young black artist on the verge of his first show, meets Andre (Alan Cumming), an older white art collector, and before long their feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond. But when Franklin’s Christian mother, Zora (Charlayne Woodard), decides that her son is in peril, she enters into a battle of wills with Andre over the soul of the man they both call baby. Basquiats and Birkins, gospel and pop, and fantasy and reality collide around a Bel Air swimming pool in this deeply surreal exploration of intimacy and identity. Danya Taymor (Pass Over) directs this wildly theatrical and dangerous world-premiere co-production from The New Group and Vineyard Theatre. Daddy by Jeremy O Harris
Jeremy O Harris
Jeremy O. Harris is an actor and playwright currently residing In New Haven, CT by way of Los Angeles, CA. His full length plays include, Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, “Daddy”, Water Sports; or insignificant white boys, and Slave Play. Short plays include: I TRIED TO WRITE A POEM & THIS CAME OUT, Untitled Merchant of Venice Adaptation (collaboration with conceptual artist David Birkin), N*Words In Paris, IDK (a cute race-based pyschosis), and NORF.
He is a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2016 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award Finalist, 2016 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist, 2017 O’Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist and is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwright’s Horizons. Jeremy was attending the Yale School of Drama for Playwriting 2016.
Opening Night 03/05/2019
Cast (Off Broadway 2019)
Alan Cumming – Andre
Alan Cumming OBE (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (for which he received an Olivier Award), the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of Scotland’s The Bacchae. On Broadway, he has appeared in The Threepenny Opera, as the master of ceremonies in Cabaret (for which he won a Tony Award), Design for Living and a one-man adaptation of Macbeth. His best-known film roles include his performances in Emma, GoldenEye, the Spy Kids trilogy, Son of the Mask, and X2. Cumming also introduces Masterpiece Mystery! for PBS and appeared on The Good Wife, for which he has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Satellite Award.
Tommy Dorfman – Max
Tommy Dorfman born May 13, 1992 is an American actor known for his role as Ryan Shaver in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (2017). Dorfman was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Fordham University’s drama program in 2015 with a B.A. in theatre arts. After graduating, he was cast in the role of Ryan Shaver on the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, which premiered in 2017.
Kahyun Kim – Bellamy
KAHYUN KIM (Bellamy) recently wrapped a major role on the upcoming season two of the hit STARZ series, “American Gods.” Born and raised in South Korea, Kahyun moved to the United States and was immediately accepted into Juilliard’s Drama School. TV credits include “Shameless” (Showtime), “Timeless” (NBC), “Adam Ruins Everything” (TruTV), “The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC), “Austin & Ally” (Disney) and “Cassandra French” (Fullscreen). Film credits include Bad Match (Netflix), Spa Night (Sundance Premiere) and the Disney reboot of Freaky Friday. Theatre credits include Love and Money (Signature Theatre) and a starring role in Tracy Letts’ Linda Vista (Steppenwolf Theatre). Kahyun currently lives in Los Angeles.
Hari Nef – Alessia
HARI NEF (Alessia) is an actor, writer and model. Nef starred in the Emmy Award-winning series “Transparent” and most recently made her feature film debut in NEON’s Assassination Nation. She also appeared in Lifetime’s “You” and HBO’s “Camping” and starred in the 2017 miniseries “Let Me Die a Nun,” which was nominated for a Gotham Award. Nef graduated with a Theatre degree from Columbia University.
Ronald Peet – Franklin
RONALD PEET (Franklin) stars as Cooper in Netflix’s upcoming series “The I-Land” (with Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez and Alex Pettyfer). Film: The Land of the Owls, The Meyerowitz Stories, First Reformed, Nevada. TV: “The Looming Tower,” “Bull,” “Blindspot” and “Girls.” Off-Broadway: Spill (EST), Cute Activist (The Bushwick Starr), Kentucky (EST/P73), Icarus in the L.E.S. (Joe’s Pub), The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), Debutante (Ars Nova). Regional: The Lion in Winter (Two River Theater), Peerless (Barrington Stage Company), The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage Company/Miami New Drama) and over 30 roles in 15 productions with The American Shakespeare Center. Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Carrie Compere – Gospel Choir
CARRIE COMPERE (Gospel Choir) played Sofia in The Color Purple on Broad-way as well as the national tour, including Paper Mill Playhouse. Also: The Golden Apple (Lovey Mars/The Siren) and Holler If Ya Hear Me, Shrek The Musical. Off-Broadway: Lightning Thief (Sally Jackson), Sistas, Lord Tom, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (TUTS), Show Boat: Live from Lincoln Center. TV: “Seven Sec-onds,” “NYC 22,” “Gurland on Gurland.” Special thanks to hubby, Jerry, her children, Isaiah, Pneuma. Susan of CBU Management, JC William Agency and Judy Henderson. To Jesus, for every blessing, for Jeanne, who is smiling from heaven. 2 Cor. 9:15
Denise Manning – Gospel Choir
DENISE MANNING (Gospel Choir) is an actorvist, comic, and musician from Austin, Texas. Her recent credits include What to Send Up… (Aleshea Harris/NY Times Critics Pick; Movement Theatre Company), The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente (Soho Rep), White Girl in Danger! (workshop, Vineyard Theatre) and Whitney White’s Three Sisters (Drama League/Directorfest). She is so grateful to The New Group, Vineyard Theatre and Jeremy O. Harris for this amazing opportunity. ig: denise_manning
Onyie Nwachukwu – Gospelm Choir
ONYIE NWACHUKWU (Gospel Choir). This is Onyie’s debut with The New Group and Vineyard Theatre and she looks forward to the exciting and explorative opportunity of being a part of “Daddy”! Her previous work includes the Cirque Dreams national tour as well the role of Joanne in the national tour of Rent. Most recently she could be seen in Motor City Live at Hard Rock Atlantic City/MGM National Harbor. Other credits include regional productions such as the Boston premiere of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and workshops/cabarets/concerts in and around New York City. Onyie would love to thank Brett Macias for his trust and his friendship, Danya Taymor for entrusting her, Jeremy O. Harris for the gift and her family and friends for all their support. Thank you God for this blessing!
Jeremy O. Harris – Playwright
Jeremy O. Harris is an actor and playwright currently residing In New Haven, CT by way of Los Angeles, CA. His full length plays include, Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, “Daddy”, WATER SPORTS; or insignificant white boys, and Slave Play. Short plays include: I TRIED TO WRITE A POEM & THIS CAME OUT, Untitled Merchant of Venice Adaptation (collaboration with conceptual artist David Birkin), N*Words In Paris, IDK (a cute race-based pyschosis), and NORF. He is a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2016 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award Finalist, 2016 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist and is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons.Jeremy attends the Yale School of Drama for Playwriting.
The New Group – Co-Producer
Vineyard Theatre – Co-Producer
Jeremy O’Harris – Playwright
Danya Taymor – Director
Matt Saunders – Set Designer
Montana Levi Blanco – Costume Designer
Isabella Byrd – Lighting Designer
Lee Kinney – Sound Designer
Valerie A. Peterson – Production Stage Manager
Judy Henderson – Casting
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