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March 25, 2022 through April 17, 2022

 

Showtimes are

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 pm,

Sunday at 2:00 pm

Single tickets: $22

(Pay-what-you-can tickets available)

Friday, March 25th - 8:00 pm 

Saturday, March 26th - 8:00 pm 

Sunday, March 27th - 2:00 pm 

Thursday, March 31st - 8:00 pm 

Friday, April 1st - 8:00 pm 

Saturday, April 2nd - 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 3rd - 2:00 pm 

Thursday, April 7th - 8:00 pm 

Friday, April 8th - 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 9th - 8:00 pm 

Sunday, April 10th - 2:00 pm 

Thursday, April 14th - 8:00 pm 

Friday, April 15th - 8:00 pm 

Saturday, April 16th - 8:00 pm 

Sunday, April 17th - 2:00 pm 

THEATRE NOVA PRESENTS 

Pass Over

by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu

Moses and Kitch meet under a streetlight, to talk smack, pass the time, and hope for a better life. What are they waiting for? Only Godot knows. The New York Times said "Blazingly theatrical and thrillingly tense... Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s play about young Black men in peril inaugurates the new season with unexpected joy."

 

Directed by Casaundra FreemanPass Over features Dan Johnson, Justin Montgomery, and Kevin O'Callaghan.

The production and design team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Alexandra Walker (lighting design), Krista Brown (costume design), Kennikki Jones (sound design), and Briana O’Neal (stage manager/props).

CONTENT WARNING: Strong language and racial violence. Mature audiences suggested.

 

For the health, safety, and well-being of our patrons, staff, and artists, Theatre NOVA's current COVID-19 policy requires patrons to present proof of vaccination and wear a mask while in the building. We are currently limiting our seating capacity to 50% to allow social distancing. This policy is subject to change at any time, following fluctuating local, state, and federal guidelines. Please check our current COVID-19 policy before your scheduled performance date.

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(L to R): Dan Johnson as Kitch and Justin Montgomery as Moses. Photograph by Sean Carter Photography.

(L to R): Dan Johnson as Kitch and Justin Montgomery as Moses. Photograph by Sean Carter Photography.

(L to R): Kevin O'Callaghan as Mister and Dan Johnson as Kitch. Photograph by Sean Carter Photography.

(L to R): Dan Johnson as Kitch and Justin Montgomery as Moses. Photograph by Sean Carter Photography.

Pulp: Arts Around Ann Arbor
ANTOINETTE CHINONYE NWANDU’S “PASS OVER” IS A BLACK LIVES MATTER-ERA TRANSLATION OF EXODUS AND "WAITING FOR GODOT"

The time is ripe for Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over... Nwandu’s powerful reimagining of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, with two young Black men in the lead roles, feels like the theatrical version of lightning in a bottle. Nwandu’s Black Lives Matter-era translation of Exodus and Beckett’s classic existentialist narrative is nothing short of revelatory—one of those creations where you think, upon seeing it unfold in front of you, “Of course. Of course.”

But credit also goes to Cassaundra Freeman’s sharp, thoughtful direction, and her cast’s gripping execution of the material. Justin Montgomery conveys a frustrated restlessness, even when sitting still, that wordlessly communicates Moses’ longing. He’s the leader of this duo, so he feels more responsibility to help Kitch get out—and more guilt when that again proves impossible. Dan Johnson, meanwhile, is like a provoking younger brother: lighter in spirit, and less prone to dark moods, but also looking to Moses to provide all he needs to survive within this existential holding pattern. 

Kevin O’Callaghan, finally, has a completely different kind of assignment in terms of tone. Ossifer and Mister are broadly drawn white caricatures: the former a blunt, in-your-face supremacist, while the latter seems exaggeratedly wide-eyed and over-accommodating—until he’s not, and the play’s searing tension cracks wide open. 

Set designer Forrest Hejkal provides Pass Over with a pitch-perfect backdrop, littered with dented aluminum garbage cans, dry, overgrown weed stalks, chain link fencing, a cable reel, milk crates, tires, a graffiti-riddled stop sign - in other words, a showcase of neglect. Lexa B. Walker lights the space so that it feels, like the play itself, both gritty and otherworldly. Costume designer Krista Brown gives Kitch a more youthful vibe with a baseball jersey and cap, while a hoodie, significantly, gets shared between Kitch and Moses over the course of the show. And sound designer Kennikki Jones-Jones helps ramp up the show’s haunted claustrophobia. 

Pass Over isn’t a fun or comfortable show, of course, but boy, does it feel all-too relevant and necessary right now.

READ THE FULL REVIEW

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(L to R): Justin Montgomery as Moses and Dan Johnson as Kitch. Photograph by Sean Carter Photography.