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199 Star Starred
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Main Stage 641 D. Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
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"The Convert"
28 ratings
4.7 average rating
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127 events
43 reviews
14 stars
attended Mar 10 2013

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...continued

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42 events
16 reviews
6 stars
attended Mar 03 2013

This is a highly-crafted play with with complex and well-developed characters portrayed by adept actors who immediately invite us into this scene and situation, which, no matter your race, nationality, religion, is a foreign world today, except...continued

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Mary Elkind
32 events
15 reviews
3 stars
attended Mar 10 2013

This play provides a look into the intersection of African and colonial life in the late 1800's. It also investigates Christian themes, such as love for enemy, repentance, and of course, coversion. It is a long play at over 3 hours and probably...continued

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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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