The Convert

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's THE CONVERT
by Danai Gurira
directed by Michael John Garcés
October 9, 2013November 10, 2013

From Obie Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira (ECLIPSED, IN THE CONTINUUM) comes a rich, unflinching, yet compassionate story. Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes a forced marriage arrangement and discovers Christianity under the guidance of an African teacher. However, as anti-colonial sentiments rise to a boiling point, Jekesai must choose between her new God and the spirits of her ancestors. “An impressive new work by an impressive young playwright” (THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER), THE CONVERT examines complex cultural and religious collisions that shaped the post-colonial world, the reverberations of which are still felt throughout the world today.

Running Time: 
3 hours and 15 minutes (includes two 10-minute intermissions)

Press / News

"What’s unique is the power each of the women brings to the story."
— Review in Broad Street Review
Watch Danai Gurira on 6ABC!
— The Buzz
"This first-rate cast brings Gurira’s characters to life, and leaves its audience hungry for the next chapters in their history."
— Review in The Philadelphia Inquirer
Danai Gurira on Good Day Fox 29
— Good Day
Listen to Danai Gurira's interview on WURD 900AM
— WURD 900AM
"...to the literati, Danai Gurira also is one of the most promising young playwrights in contemporary American theater, with a growing body of critically acclaimed plays, including In the Continuum and Eclipsed, that illuminate, with stark dramatic contrasts, some of the harrowing issues facing sub-Saharan Africa."
— Preview Feature from The Philadelphia Inquirer
"For me it was about exploring my history. Who would I have been if I was alive at that time?" the Zimbabwean-American actress said. "The Convert" "focuses on that time through the prism of this one girl's experience, being someone who grew up in postcolonial Zimbabwe, the melding of identity, the clash of culture in the African identity."
— Preview in Philadelphia Daily News
Broadway World reviews Woolly Mammoth's 'The Convert' praising it as "Compelling" and "Insightful." Read the full review from Woolly Mammoth's 2013 Production here.
— Broadway World
Listen to this feature from NPR about playwright Danai Gurira and her play 'The Convert'
— NPR's Morning Edition

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Cast

Nancy Moricette • Ester
Starla Benford • Mai Tamba
Irungu Mutu • Chilford
Zainab Jah • Prudence
Lance Coadie Williams • Chancellor
Steven Wright • Uncle
Joshua Nelson • Tamba

Production Team

Danai Gurira • Playwright
Michael John Garcés • Director
Mikhail Kachman • Set Designer
Helen Huang • Costume Designer
Colin K. Bills • Lighting Designer
Ryan Rumery • Sound Designer
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