TONY NOMINATED FOR BEST PLAY
ABOUT THIS SHOW
Pharus Young, now a senior at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, an institution committed to building “strong, ethical black men,” endeavors to be the best leader of the school’s prestigious choir in its 50-year history. But in a world built on rites and rituals, should he conform to the expectations of his peers in order to gain the respect he desperately seeks? Written by Oscar-winning ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), this Tony-nominated play—threaded throughout with soul-stirring a cappella gospel hymns—is the story of a young gay black man and his battle between identity and community.
Tarell Alvin McCraney is one of our country’s most important voices. Speaking as he does for both the unseen masses and the spectacularly singular, there is simply no journey he goes on that we would not want to follow. Choir Boy is an elegy to quiet rebellion, filled with the sound of longing and aspiration. It is a love song in pianissimo to the unseen heart that beats inside us all. We are so thrilled to finally present Tarell’s acclaimed work at his artistic home.
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Thursday, July 7 at 8pm and Saturday, July 16 at 3pm
Sunday, July 10 at 8pm
Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, July 17 at 3pm (1:30pm touch tour, 3pm curtain)
Cast & Artists
“For playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, art isn't just for amusement, escapism, or cultural critique. It's necessary” - Entertainment Weekly
"... the choral music is rich and rousing" – New York Stage Review