'Pass Over' is playing the August Wilson Theatre. (Photo: Caitlin Huston)

“Pass Over” will now open three weeks earlier than previously announced. 

The production, which is the first play on Broadway since March 2020, will open Aug. 22 at the August Wilson Theatre. The Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu play had originally set a Sept. 12 opening date. 

Producer Matt Ross said the production had scheduled extra time for the preview period due to the evolving nature of the pandemic and the potential for COVID-19 cases. As one of the earliest productions back on Broadway, Ross hired an epidemiologist to help set health and safety policies for the show.

The production, which is selling tickets through Oct. 10, has not shortened its planned run, Ross said. 

“We built our schedule with more time than we would need knowing there was a real possibility we would need to delay rehearsals or previews,” Ross said. “Thanks to the extraordinary work of everyone in this company, we’ve been able to safely mount this production on schedule, and we’re now able to advance our opening night to August 22nd.”

“We will still hold a larger scale celebration on September 12th, out of respect to those who have planned for that date and so that we have the time to plan how to celebrate this moment safely, but at the scale that it merits.”