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In Jeremy O. Harris’ searing new play “Daddy,” Franklin, a young black artist on the verge of his first show, meets Andre (Alan Cumming), an older white art collector, and before long their feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond. But when Franklin’s Christian mother decides that her son is in peril, she enters into a battle of wills with Andre over the soul of the man they both call baby. Basquiats and Birkins, gospel and pop, and fantasy and reality collide around a Bel Air swimming pool in this deeply surreal exploration of intimacy and identity. Danya Taymor (PASS OVER) directs this wildly theatrical and dangerous world-premiere play by the recipient of The Vineyard’s 2018 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, in a co-production from The New Group and Vineyard Theatre.


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“Daddy”

February 12 - March 24, 2019

By Jeremy O. Harris
Directed by Danya Taymor
With Alan Cumming and more to be announced
A co-production with The New Group
In Jeremy O. Harris’ searing new play “Daddy,” Franklin, a young black artist on the verge of his first show, meets Andre (Alan Cumming), an older white art collector, and before long their feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond. But when Franklin’s Christian mother decides that her son is in peril, she enters into a battle of wills with Andre over the soul of the man they both call baby. Basquiats and Birkins, gospel and pop, and fantasy and reality collide around a Bel Air swimming pool in this deeply surreal exploration of intimacy and identity. Danya Taymor (PASS OVER) directs this wildly theatrical and dangerous world-premiere play by the recipient of The Vineyard's 2018 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, in a co-production from The New Group and Vineyard Theatre.
Presented in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street).

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Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming has performed with Jay Z and Liza with a Z; he has won a Tony, hosted the Tonys and been nominated for an Emmy for doing so; he has a soap called Cumming In A Bar, and a bar called Club Cumming; he made back-to-back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls; he has played God, the Devil, Hitler, the Pope, a teleporting superhero, Hamlet, all the parts in MACBETH, General Batista of Cuba, a goat opposite Sean Connery, Dionysus, a Smurf (twice), the EmCee in CABARET (thrice), a James Bond baddie - oh, and political spinmeister Eli Gold on seven seasons of “The Good Wife” for which he received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG award nominations; he is the author of five books including a #1 New York Times best-selling memoir; he appeared on “Sesame Street,” “Dora the Explorer,” topless in Playgirl and naked on the cover of his second album. He has received over forty awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, three honorary doctorates, both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014. He has sung in concert halls across the globe including the Sydney Opera House, the London Palladium, the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall and Billboard said of his last concert tour Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs “he's an icon to behold - he is unapologetically himself, and with a talent like that, he has no need to apologize.”

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Tommy Dorfman

Tommy Dorfman was born in Atlanta, GA where they developed a passion for storytelling while dancing at the Atlanta Ballet.  Dorfman began their acting career after obtaining their Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from Fordham University, Lincoln Center.  Most recently, Dorfman played ‘Ryan Shaver in the hit Netflix Original Series “13 Reasons Why,” based on the best-selling novel written by Jay Asher and backed by Selena Gomez as Executive Producer.  Dorfman can soon be seen recurring on the upcoming Jenji Kohan series “American Princess” and in the final season of “Jane the Virgin.”  Dorfman is represented by Headline Talent Agency, Anonymous Content and Morris Yorn. They are also a passionate activist, who is outspoken on their support of gun reform, voting, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights. In 2017 they were awarded the Rising Star Award from GLAAD.  Dorfman continues to use their acting career as a platform through which they can promote positive change in this world.

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Kahyun Kim

Kahyun Kim recently wrapped a major role on the upcoming season 2 of the hit STARZ series, "American Gods". She plays New Media and takes over the role after Gillian Anderson from the first season. Kahyun moved to the United States from South Korea and was immediately accepted into the prestigious Drama School at Juilliard. She graduated in 2012 with her BFA in Theater. Kahyun promptly started making her mark in the entertainment industry with recurring roles in “The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC) and “Austin & Ally” (Disney). She’s since worked on multiple projects in both TV and film for the better part of the past 5 years including “Shameless” (Showtime) and a leading role in the Disney reboot of “Freaky Friday.” Previous theater includes LOVE AND MONEY at The Signature Theatre as well as a starring role in Tracy Letts’ LINDA VISTA which opened at The Steppenwolf to rave reviews. Kahyun currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Hari Nef 

  Hari Nef is an actor, writer and model best known for her work on the Emmy Award-winning series "Transparent". She recently made her feature film debut in NEON’s Assassination Nation, and also appears in Lifetime’s "You" and HBO’s "Camping". Nef also starred in the 2017 miniseries Let Me Die a Nun, which was nominated for a Gotham Award.

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Ronald Peet

Ronald Peet is currently shooting the Netflix series "The I-Land" where he stars as Cooper opposite Kate Bosworth, Natalie Martinez and Alex Pettyfer. He can next be seen in the upcoming feature films The Land of The Owls and in recent theatrical releases Change in the Air and The Meyerowitz Stories, opposite Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson and Adam Sandler; First Reformed, directed by Paul Schrader; and Nevada, 2018 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection. His television credits include “The Looming Tower,” “Bull,” “Blindspot” and “Girls.” Recent appearances on the New York Stage include SPILL (Ensemble Studio Theatre), CUTE ACTIVIST (Bushwick Starr), KENTUCKY (Ensemble Studio Theatre and Page 73), ICARUS ON THE LES (Joe’s Pub), THE WORLD MY MAMA RAISED (Clubbed Thumb), DEBUTANTE (Ars Nova) and regional credits include THE LION IN THE WINTER (Two River Theater);  PEERLESS (Barrington Stage Company); THE GOLEM OF HAVANA (Barrington Stage/Miami New Drama) and over 30 roles in 15 productions with the American Shakespeare Center. An accomplished singer, Ronald recently performed in Bernstein MASS at Lincoln Center and Karehouse at Joe's Pub. Ronald is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard is an actress and playwright who has appeared on Broadway in AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'. Her Off-Broadway credits include HAMLET (Gertrude); WAR; (Mother); THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, (Marge Hackett); THE WITCH OF EDMONTON, (Witch); IN THE BLOOD, (Hester); FABULATION, (Ondine); STUNNING; SORROWS AND REJOICINGS; THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, (Grusha); TWELFTH NIGHT, (Maria). Her Regional credits include: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Titania); THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Katherine). Film credits include: UpcomingGlassUnbreakable, The Crucible, Eye for an Eye, Sunshine State. Television credits include: “POSE” (series regular), “Sneaky Pete,” “The Leftovers,” “The Blacklist,” “Law & Order: SVU.” As a playwright, credits include: PRETTY FIRE, NEAT, IN REAL LIFE, THE NIGHT WATCHER, FLIGHT. She is a two-time Obie Award winner and a Tony Award nominee. Guest Faculty: Cal Arts, USC. Training: The Goodman School of Drama.

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Jeremy O. Harris

Jeremy O. Harris is a theater artist currently residing in New Haven, CT by way of Los Angeles, CA. As a playwright, his full-length plays include XANDER XUST, DRAGON: 1, SALVE PLAY (New York Theatre Workshop), Winner of the 2018 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, 2018 O’Neill Playwrights Conference) and WATER SPORTS; OR INSIGNIFICANT WHITE BOYS.  His work as a writer and director has been presented or developed by Pieterspace, JACK, Ars Nova, The New Group, NYTW, Performance Space New York and Playwrights Horizons.  This month, A24 and Killer Films began principal photography on @_Zola, the screenplay he co-wrote with director Janicza Bravo.  He is a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Orchard Project Greenhouse artist, resident playwright with Colt Coeur, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons. Jeremy is currently in his final year at the Yale School of Drama.

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Danya Taymor

Danya Taymor is a New York based director and translator.  Recent work: Antoinette Nwandu's PASS OVER(Lincoln Center Theater / Steppenwolf), Danai Gurira's FAMILIAR (Steppenwolf), Martyna Majok's QUEENS (LCT3), Korde Tuttle's GRAVEYARD SHIFT (Goodman), Justin Kuritzkes’ THE SENSUALITY PARTY (The New Group), Nathan Yungerberg's ESAI'S TALE (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Brian Watkins’ WYOMING (Lesser America) and MY DAUGHTER KEEPS OUR HAMMER, Sarah Gancher’s THE PLACE WE BUILT and LEGOM's I HATE FUCKING MEXICANS (The Flea).  Her production of Antoinette Nwandu's PASS OVER was filmed at Steppenwolf by Spike Lee and premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is now streaming on Amazon Prime.  An alumna of the Women’s Project Lab, Sundance Theatre Lab, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Van Lier Fellowship and the 2050 Fellowship at NYTW. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, an artist in residence at TFANA, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and an Associate Artist at The Flea. Education: Duke University.

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"Daddy" Calendar

February 12 - March 24, 2019 Performances are Tuesday - Sunday. CLICK HERE for the complete calendar. Running time: TBD   Performances will take place in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Perishing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street)

"Daddy" Cast Announcement

The New Group and Vineyard Theatre announce additional casting for Jeremy O. Harris“Daddy,” with Tommy Dorfman, Kahyun Kim, Hari Nef, Ronald Peet and Charlayne Woodard joining Alan Cumming, as previously announced, in this world premiere production directed by Danya Taymor. Previews begin February 12 in advance of an Official Openi

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