Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Book of Job Play ‘Head of Passes’ Opens Tonight with Phylicia Rashad

By James Knight on Mar 28, 2016 03:59 AM EDT

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, Head of Passes, opens Off-Broadway tonight (March 25). The show is based on the Biblical story of Job and stars Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin In The Sun). The Book of Job tells the story a man who had everything taken away from him in order to prove his unconditional faith in God.

The official plot synopsis for the play, found on, reads:

“At the mouth of the Mississippi River, Shelah’s family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday and save her from a leaking roof. But in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job, unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life’s greatest challenges.”

The cast of Head of Passes includes:

Phylicia Rashad as Shelah,
Alana Arenas as Bookie,
Francois Battiste as Aubrey,
John Earl Jelks as Creaker Johnson,
Kyle Beltran as Crier,
J. Bernard Calloway as Spencer,
Robert Joy as Dr. Anderson,
Arnetia Walker as Mae.

The creative team includes:

Tarell Alvin McCraney (Writer),
Tina Landau (Director)
G.W. Mercier (Set Designer)
Toni-Leslie James (Costume Designer)
Jeff Croiter (Lighting Designer),
Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (Sound Designers).

Head of Passes opens Off-Broadway, tonight (March 28) at The Public Theater 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan.You can purchase tickets by phone (212) 967-7555 or visiting

© 2016 The Classical Art, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

TagsTarell Alvin McCraney, Book of Job, Play, Head of Passes, Opens, Tonight, Phylicia Rashad

Real Time Analytics