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Antoinette Nwandu’s “Cross Over” made its Broadway debut this week. Drawing on “Ready for Godot” and the E-book of Exodus, the play follows two Black males trapped on a metropolis block — each by existential dread, and by the concern of being killed by police.
However Broadway audiences received’t see the play’s authentic ending, which featured the loss of life of one of many important characters.
“I not needed to work on a play that ended with the homicide of a Black man,” stated Nwandu, who rewrote the ultimate scene. “I need to deal with life.”
Nwandu’s play was the primary to debut on Broadway since theaters closed their doorways in March of 2020 and the primary since a coalition of theater artists of coloration demanded change from the theater ecosystem in America.
Nwandu spoke with the theater reporter Michael Paulson in regards to the adjustments she is personally bringing to theater, and her hopes for the trade — nonetheless grappling with the pandemic — because the curtains rise once more.