"Gutsy," "heartfelt," "blistering"
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

February 25 – March 25, 2012 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 3 hours

This moving new work explores the untold cultural and religious collisions caused by British colonialism in southern Africa, and the reverberating effects still felt in the region today.

Set amid the colonial scramble for southern Africa in 1895, The Convert tells the tale of Jekesai, a young girl who escapes a forced marriage arrangement with the help of a stalwart black African catechist, Chilford Ndlovu. Caught between her loyalties to her family and culture but indebted to this new Christian god, she becomes Chilford's protégé, but when an anti-colonial uprising erupts she is forced to decide which side of the conflict she will choose—and where her heart truly belongs. With wit and compassion, The Convert explores the untold cultural and religious collisions caused by British colonists in this section of southern Africa (now Zimbabwe), and the reverberating effects still felt in the region today. Emily Mann, the award-winning Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre, returns to the Goodman to direct. The Convert was commissioned by Center Theatre Group.

 

 

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Artists

By DANAI GURIRA, Directed by EMILY MANN
Produced in Association with MCCARTER THEATRE
Comissioned by CENTER THEATRE GROUP

Cast

PASCALE ARMAND - Jekesai, Ester
CHERYL LYNN BRUCE - Mai Tamba
ZAINAB JAH - Prudence
KEVIN MAMBO - Chancellor
LEROY MCCLAIN - Chilford
WARNER JOSEPH MILLER - Tamba
HAROLD SURRATT - Uncle

Creative Team and Crew

DANIEL OSTLING - Scenic Design
PAUL TAZEWELL - Costume Design
LAP CHI CHU - Lighting Design
DARRON L WEST - Sound Design
CARRIE HUGHES - Dramaturg
BETH MCGUIRE - Dialect, Vocal Coach
J. STEVEN WHITE - Fight Director
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
ERIKA SELLIN, CSA - Casting
ALISON COTE - Production Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • ★★★1/2 (out of 4)

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Explosive and profound"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Tragically powerful," "another winning drama from Gurira"

    - Daily Herald

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