by Warren Hoffman

directed by Derek Bertelsen

World Premiere

AstonRep Theatre Company opened its 2016-17 season with the world premiere of THE BLACK SLOT, Warren Hoffman’s hilarious and biting satire about racial politics in the American regional theater.

THE BLACK SLOT, developed at InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, is the first new work to be selected from AstonRep’s annual Writers’ Series to receive a full production. It marks the company’s first full world premiere.


“The underlying premise in Warren Hoffman’s new play is loaded with all kinds of provocative tentacles. He’s offering a backstage look at what happens in the administrative offices of predominantly white regional theaters …” –Chicago Tribune

“AstonRep has found a promising new play in Warren Hoffman’s The Black Slot.” –Chicago Critic

“I applaud AstonRep for offering a new voice (another rejection of theater’s conservativism) and hope to see more from Hoffman…” –Chicago Reader

“Hoffman’s new play is entertaining and thought-provoking…” –Chicago Theatre Review

“Chicago theater season shows a new emphasis on social consciousness.” –Chicago Reader


Dana Anderson as Ensemble

Ian Voltaire Deanes as Ensemble

Linsey Falls as Clifford

Amy Kasper as Pam

Brittany Stock as Beth

Justin Wade Wilson as Tim


Jeremiah Barr – Set Design

Uriel Gomez – Costume Design

Samantha Barr – Lighting Design

Kallie Noelle Rolison – Sound Design

Taylor Barfield – Dramaturg

Kendra Kingsbury – Vocal Coach

Lucy Carr – Assistant Director

Lara Caprini – Stage Manager