The Convert: A Moving Drama About British Colonialism in Africa
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The last date listed for The Convert was Sunday March 10, 2013 / 7:00pm.
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Featured review from Laura UngerRed Velvet
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The play started at 7:00 and with two intermissions lasted until 10:20. It was worth every second we spent. The play was informative and moving. The acting, particularly the lead, was perfect. Unfortunately it closed last night so I can't recommend it to all my friends.
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“Impressive … Virtually everything about The Convert contributes to the sensation that Gurira has met the demands of a big subject by writing a big play.”—The Washington Post
“Full-time tour de force drama … A production all Washingtonians should see”—MD Theatre Guide
OBIE Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira (Eclipsed, In The Continuum_) returns to Woolly with her rich, unflinching, and compassionate new play. Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village life and a forced marriage arrangement, ultimately discovering Christianity under the guidance of an African teacher. However, as anti-colonial sentiments rise to a boiling point, Jekesai must choose between her new European God and the spirits of her ancestors. “Intense and deeply affecting” (_Chicago Tribune), The Convert examines complex cultural and religious collisions that shaped the post-colonial world, the reverberations of which are still felt in Zimbabwe today.
- Recommended for Ages 14 and up. Please note that this show contains partial nudity and smoking and may not be suitable for all audiences. _
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