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Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Main Stage 641 D. Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
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2 reviews
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Play with the computer tools out in the lobby that are provided during "The Nether" run at the Wooley Mammoth.
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There are garages right across the street if coming in inclement weather. Otherwise TAKE THE METRO
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"The Convert"
28 ratings
4.7 average rating
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158 reviews
1 stars
attended Mar 03 2013

I was overwhelmed by how well each actor engaged their roles...and I thought the male and female leads were outstanding! The story...although lengthy, is engrossing.

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16 reviews
4 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
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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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Quotes & Highlights

“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. _

About the Ticket Supplier: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company ignites an explosive engagement between theatre artists and the community by developing, producing and promoting new plays that explore the edges of theatrical style and human experience, and by implementing new ways to use the artistry of theatre to serve the people of Greater Washington, DC.