Playhouse to Present Emotional ‘Pass Over’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “Pass Over,” a provocative drama, will open a two-weekend run at The Youngstown Playhouse on Friday, April 14.

The play, written by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu and directed by Lundeana Thomas, will be performed in the Moyer Room.

“Pass Over” takes the audience into the lives of two African American males who spend day and night on the curbside under a streetlamp post, passing the time and hoping that maybe today will be different.

As they dream of their promised land, a stranger enters their space and causes trouble. Emotional and lyrical, “Pass Over” exposes the raw spirit of these young men stuck in a cycle and looking for a way out.

The cast includes Bobby Brown, Jibril Jackson and Paul Dahman.

Caitlyn Santiago is the stage manager, Tom Copeland is the scenery designer and Leslie Brown is lighting director.

“This provocative play, ‘Pass Over,’ demonstrates how racial inequality calls into question citizens’ very humanity, not only in each other’s eyes but in their own,” said director Thomas. “Watch the efforts of [the characters] to put themselves in each other’s shoes, testing their compassion, weighing their mutual tolerance and mutual aversion.”

The play includes strong language and racial violence. It is not recommended for children.

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. April 14, 15, 21 and 22; and 2:30 p.m. April 16 and 23.
Tickets are $17 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased in advance by calling 330 788 8739; at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, downtown; and at

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.