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Head of Passes

Closed October 22, 2017

"A remarkable, pull-out-all-the-stops performance by Phylicia Rashad."

The New York Times

Why See Head of Passes?

A Storm is Coming

The Center Theater Group present Tarell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes, with Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun, Creed) reprising her Off-Broadway performance in the lead role of Shelah. An enthralling mix of religious allegory, poetry and family drama, this play is a deeply lyrical examination of religious faith and the bonds of domesticity.

Set in Louisianna in the not too distant future, the story centers on a birthday celebration that is overshadowed by Shelah's predictions of an impending biblical disaster. Following its development at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Head of Passes premiered Off-Broadway in 2016, and was met with a shower of plaudits from the critics, including The New York Times' Ben Brantley, who described Rashad as "remarkable." This Los Angeles production is directed by Tina Landau.

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Opening night: 13 September 2017


Recommended for ages 13+ due to mature themes

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The above image is taken from the 2016 Off-Broadway production

Cast and Creative


Phylicia Rashad as Shelah


Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Tina Landau

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