In Jeremy O. Harris’ searing new play “Daddy,” Franklin, a young black artist, meets Andre (Alan Cumming), an older white art collector, and sparks quickly fly. As their erotic link deepens into an irresistible bond, Franklin’s life and lifestyle get a hefty upgrade. But when Franklin’s Christian mother decides that her son is in peril, she enters into an epic battle of wills with Andre over the soul of their baby boy. Set in and around a Bel Air swimming pool, this wildly theatrical and dangerous new play takes a deep dive into questions of patronage and parentage, as Franklin’s past, present and future collide in surreal ways. Danya Taymor (PASS OVER) directs this world-premiere co-production with The New Group.
Presented in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street).