A Conversation with Emily Mann & Danai Gurira about "The Convert"
A McCarter Preview at Whitman College
Audience: For students, faculty and staff only.
Location: Whitman College, Princeton University, Class of 1970 Theatre
Date/Time: 01/15/12 at 6:30 pm - 01/15/12 at 10:00 pm
McCarter Previews at Whitman College
A Conversation with Emily Mann, director &
Danai Gurira, playwright
Dinner to follow in Class of 1998 Private Dining Room
Sponsored by Whitman College and the Center for African American Studies
About "The Convert"
From prodigiously talented playwright Danai Gurira (Eclipsed, In the Continuum) comes The Convert; winner of the 2011 Stavis Award and Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. In 1895 in the region that would become Zimbabwe, a girl is forced to choose between her family’s traditions and the Christian faith and Western values she has embraced. Born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe, Gurira’s unique perspective and distinctive voice have created a compelling new play filled with humor and compassion.
Born in the U.S. but raised in Zimbabwe, Danai Gurira is best known for her Obie-winning two-woman play, In the Continuum. Her other off-Broadway acting credits include God Brothers and Sweet Mercy. Her newest works as a playwright are Eclipsed and The Convert. The revival of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone is Gurira's Broadway debut. On screen she has been seen in The Visitor, 25/8, Ghost Town, Three Backyards, Trial of Charumathi, Patience, and in the TV series Life on Mars, Nurse Jackie, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Multi-award winning Director and Playwright Emily Mann is in her 22nd season as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre. Under Ms. Mann’s leadership, McCarter was honored with the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Ms. Mann is scheduled to direct this season’s world premiere Phaedra Backwards by Marina Carr; the world premiere of The Convert by Danai Gurira; and A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway. Also this season, Emily Mann's adaptation of The House of Bernard Alba, which premiered at McCarter, will be produced at The Almeida Theater in London. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University.
Department: Center for African American Studies