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Slave Play Playwright Reveals the Hilarious Texts Rihanna Sent Him During His Broadway Show

Rihanna isn’t any an ill-mannered theater-goer — she’s simply an exceptionally supportive one.

The “Needed Me” singer caught flak final week after she was noticed texting throughout a efficiency of Slave Play. On the time, the present’s playwright Jeremy O. Harris defended her actions, saying she was texting him and that he was thrilled.

Now, Harris has revealed the hilarious messages he acquired from the star, whose music options prominently in Slave Play.

“You guys want to know what she texted during the play? ‘Cause I saw white people writing, ‘Why was Rihanna texting during Jeremy’s play?’ … You guys will not drag my queen for being nice to me,” he mentioned throughout a post-show Q&A on Wednesday, based on Web page Six.

He continued, “She texted me at 8:51 p.m. ‘wtffffff?’ And then at 8:57, she said, ‘Oh my god, you’re epic.’ And then I responded, literally crying, ‘How dare you?’ And then at 10:24, she said, ‘Am I looking at an actual d— right now?’”

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Slave Play, which focuses on sexual relationships between mixed-race {couples} in the course of the period of slavery, incorporates a scene with full-frontal male nudity.

Harris, 30, couldn’t have been much less bothered by the star’s mobile phone use, and mentioned he was simply completely satisfied she appeared to get a kick out of his present.

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“I was literally back there in the mezzanine, and there were multiple times I would hear Rihanna – and only Rihanna – laughing,” he mentioned. “And I wept, just knowing that Rihanna thought my play was funny.”

Shortly after witnesses first reported seeing Rihanna on her cellphone throughout Slave Play, Harris hopped on Twitter to defend the Grammy winner, whom he known as his “idol.”


“Two things I learned today about the Type of theatre maker I am: When my idol texts that she’s running late. I hold the curtain for her,” O. Harris tweeted. “When my idol texts me during a play I’ve written, I respond.”

When a fan requested why Harris wasn’t “condemning” Rihanna’s habits, the playwright replied, “I’m not interested in policing anyone’s relationship to watching a play ESPECIALLY someone who isn’t a part of the regular theatergoing crowd.”


He continued, “Moreover, as ppl on this site know I’m famously ambivalent abt phone use in theatre.”

Harris additionally acquired criticism for delaying the start of the manufacturing for the singer. He mentioned that he needed to for Rihanna, since she is “the patron saint” of Slave Play.

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“To dead this weird discourse that has popped up…The patron saint of the play I wrote is literally a pop star, fashion icon, and Demi-goddess named Rihanna. Her words are all over it. She’s a 9th character in the play,” he tweeted. “When Dionysus is coming you hold the curtain.”

Slave Play is now in previews on Broadway.

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