"Meet Jeremy O. Harris: The Queer Black Savior the Theater World Needs." So read a recent headline in Out magazine; Vogue anointed him “one of the most promising playwrights of his generation." The hype is understandable. Though still in his final semester at Yale Drama School, Harris has had two plays in production Off Broadway this past season. "Daddy," the second, stars Alan Cumming and Ronald Peet. Joining him on our very own stage to discuss his work and career will be cultural critic Emily Bobrow, who observed in the Economist that Harris writes about race and sexuality "with humour, intellectual rigour, nods to pop culture and an engaging sense of spectacle," asking audiences to confront their own complicity in prejudice.
Jeremy O. Harris is an actor and playwright currently residing in New Haven, Connecticut, by way of Los Angeles. Recent productions include Slave Play, which was produced at the New York Theatre Workshop last fall, and "Daddy," which was coproduced by New York’s Vineyard Theatre and the New Group. Harris received the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award for Slave Play. He is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons.
Emily Bobrow, a New York–based journalist and editor, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as well as The Economist, where she worked for fifteen years in London, Washington, D.C., and New York. She covers a diverse cultural beat, from theater and books to issues related to sex, gender, relationships, and parenting.