NEW YORK (PIX11) — Six-time Tony award winner Audra McDonald is back on Broadway!

She stars in a riveting play called “Ohio State Murders.” The provocative mystery marks the Broadway debut of legendary Black playwright Adrienne Kennedy. And at 91 years old, she’s playing a big part in its interpretation with the actors.

The show will also be the first performance in the newly named James Earl Jones Theatre. PIX11’s Vanessa Freeman spoke with the cast.

Acclaimed director, Kenny Leon, is at the helm of the Broadway adaptation of “Ohio State Murders” and says he feels a huge sense of responsibility to deliver the truth, to deliver the humor, to deliver the pain of the story that he calls a suspenseful mystery about the boogeyman called racism.

McDonald says the show is suspenseful, heart-stopping, and deals with very thorny issues.

“You will be on the edge of your seat,” she said.

McDonald and Leon worked together on “A Raisin in the Sun.”

She is cast in the lead role of Suzanne — a middle-aged writer who returns to her alma mater to talk about her work. And in the process of doing so, a murder mystery unravels.

A dark story, ripe with racial and social undertones, unfolds. She reveals a big secret that has been kept hidden for many, many years.

Lizan Mitchell plays Mrs. Tyler, a friend of Suzanne’s aunt. For Mitchell, this is a full-circle moment.

She says to have come from that kind of surrounding to be able to speak the wisdom of her ancestors on the Broadway stage in the James Earl Jones Theatre with a play by the visionary Adrienne Kennedy is a great honor.

That visionary, Adrienne Kennedy, has been a direct source of reference for the cast — a fact that makes Leon even more passionate about bringing this story off the pages and onto the stage.

McDonald spent a lot of time speaking with Kennedy and says her plays are not produced commercially as much as they should be as a prolific, brilliant, lauded writer, and one of the foremost African-American female writers since the ’60s.

The material penned by Kennedy, coupled with the artistic vision of director Leon, marks a pinnacle moment in this award-winning actress’s career. And she says it’s the most difficult play she has ever done.

“Ohio State Murders” is in previews now at the James Earl Jones Theatre.