Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper

Academy Award winner and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney's "Head of Passes" opened yesterday, September 24th, at the Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Tina Landau, the poetic and powerful new play, which is part of Center Theatre Group's 50th anniversary season at the Taper, continues through October 22, 2017. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below!

The cast of "Head of Passes" includes, in alphabetical order, Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, James Carpenter, John Earl Jelks, Phylicia Rashad and Jacqueline Williams.

Family and friends are gathering to celebrate Shelah's (portrayed by Rashad) birthday under the leaky roof of her home at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But an unwanted birthday party and unrelenting rains are only the first challenges in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job in which 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 in this poetic and piercing new play.

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Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and cast members Phylicia Rashad, Kyle Beltran and Alana Arenas

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Debbie Allen, cast member Phylicia Rashad and actor Vivian Nixon

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and cast members Phylicia Rashad and Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Debbie Allen, cast member Phylicia Rashad, actor Vivian Nixon and cast member Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and cast member Phylicia Rashad

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and cast member Phylicia Rashad

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Debbie Allen gets an autograph from playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Debbie Allen, producer Shonda Rhimes and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Kate Burton, producer Shonda Rhimes and actor Debbie Allen

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, cast member Phylicia Rashad and actor Kate Burton

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members Francois Battiste, Alana Arenas and J. Bernard Calloway

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members Francois Battiste and J. Bernard Calloway

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast member Kyle Beltran and actor Debbie Allen

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members J. Bernard Calloway, Kyle Beltran, Alana Arenas, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, cast members John Earl Jelks and Francois Battiste

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members J. Bernard Calloway, Kyle Beltran, Alana Arenas, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and cast members John Earl Jelks and Francois Battiste

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members Francois Battiste, Alana Arenas and Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members John Earl Jelks and Jacqueline Williams

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members Jacqueline Williams and J. Bernard Calloway

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members J. Bernard Calloway, Kyle Beltran and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members J. Bernard Calloway, Kyle Beltran and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members Alana Arenas and Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members Francois Battiste and Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members Francois Battiste and Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast member James Carpenter and actor Matt Henerson

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast member Kyle Beltran and actor Glenn Davis

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members John Earl Jelks and Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members J. Bernard Calloway, Kyle Beltran, John Earl Jelks and Francois Battiste

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members J. Bernard Calloway, Kyle Beltran, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and cast members John Earl Jelks and Francois Battiste

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast members J. Bernard Calloway and Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast member Alana Arenas and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Cast member Alana Arenas and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Jeff Perry, casting director Linda Lowy, CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and actor Suzanne Cryer

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Debbie Allen

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Debbie Allen

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Producer Shonda Rhimes

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Producer Shonda Rhimes

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Drew McCoy, CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and actors Amy Aquino and Suzanne Cryer

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Trace Lysette

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Trace Lysette

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Trace Lysette

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Amy Aquino, Drew McCoy and actor Kate Burton

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Trevante Rhodes

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Trevante Rhodes

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Jessica Oyelowo

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Jessica Oyelowo

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Glynn Turman

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Glynn Turman

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Zoe Perry

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Zoe Perry

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and actor Jeff Perry

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Mia Barron and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Mia Barron and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Mia Barron and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actors Mia Barron, Glenn Davis and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Glenn Davis and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Joe Pacheco

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Actor Joe Pacheco

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Composer Harold Wheeler and actor Hattie Winston

Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Tarell Alvin McCraney and More Celebrate HEAD OF PASSES Opening at the Taper
Composer Harold Wheeler and actor Hattie Winston



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