Pre-show night delays “Slave Play” opening night



A pre-celebration in the new Wilson Lounge at the August Wilson Theater hosted the opening night of “Slave Play” on Thursday.

DJ Papi Juice performed tunes in the new living room and playwright Jeremy O. Harris put on an impromptu dance party as top guests like Zac Posen, Jennifer Coolidge, Meryl Streep, Mami Gummer and Mark Ronson applauded.

“It was a noisy evening before the show. The show started an hour after the scheduled start time, ”a source told Page Six.

Playwright Dominique Morrisseau, Christopher Tierney, Andrew Burnap, producer Greg Nobile, Devon Tines and Harris’ girlfriend Lena Dunham also came for the opening night.

Broadway producer and theater owner Jordan Roth was decked out in a black and white Luchen New York ensemble. He posted a video from the party on Instagram of himself dancing to Aretha Franklin’s “A Deeper Love” in the “Magic Mirror of [Clint Ramos’s] wonderful set of mirrors, ”he wrote.

The Wilson Lounge debuted last month at the premieres of “Slave Play” and features seating areas, a curated library with plays by black playwrights, and a dedicated concierge.

A theater insider predicted, “This will become a cool hub.”

Streep was overheard telling Ramos about the Harris living room and hit play, a spy told Page Six.

Guests continued the Opening Night celebration at Tao Downtown for an official afterparty.

Harris’s play set Tony’s record this year with 12 nominations, including Best Play – though he lost all of them. (He consoled himself with two Tony after-parties, however.) The show runs through January 23.



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