Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Danya Taymor. A hilarious and incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, the complete cast features ensemble member Jon Michael Hill (Moses), Julian Parker (Kitch) and Ryan Hallahan (Mister).
Two young black men stand around on the corner—talking shit, killing time and hoping that maybe today will be different. When a stranger wanders into their space, an escalating crisis threatens to prevent their escape from the block. Inspired by both Waiting for Godot and the book of Exodus, Pass Over combines pop culture, historical and religious references into a hilarious and disturbing meditation on manhood, race, and the cycle of violence that prevents too many from realizing their full potential.
Inspired in part by the young black men Antoinette Nwandu encountered as a community college teacher, the play crafts profane language into poetic riffs, revealing to the audience the unquestionable human spirit of these young men.
June 1 – July 9
1650 N Halsted St