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Familiar (Gurira) - Full Length Play, Comedy

Familiar (Gurira)

Danai Gurira

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 5f

ISBN: PMS0000000156

CRITIC'S PICK "A fiercely funny new play...Ms. Gurira weaves issues of cultural identity and displacement, generational frictions and other meaty matters into dialogue that flows utterly naturally. Her engaging characters are drawn with sympathy." - The New York Times

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Marvelous and Donald’s house, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Late 2011

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Marvelous and Donald, Zimbabwean emigrants in Minnesota, are preparing for the marriage of their eldest daughter, Tendi. They had gracefully blended Zimbabwean culture alongside their American culture, but the house is turned upside down when Marvelous' sister comes from Zimbabwe to perform a very traditional wedding ceremony where the groom barters for the bride. Tensions flare and identites clash as the family's fabric slowly unweaves and they are forced to take a hard look at who they truly are.

REVIEWS 

CRITIC'S PICK "A fiercely funny new play...Ms. Gurira weaves issues of cultural identity and displacement, generational frictions and other meaty matters into dialogue that flows utterly naturally. Her engaging characters are drawn with sympathy." - The New York Times, Read More

"Familiar is a vigorous, fresh comedy-drama that ricochets from raw pathos to bawdy laughs, excavating deep cultural anxieties along the way. Gurira may not reinvent the family-secrets genre, but she makes it speak in musical new accents." - Time Out NY, Read More 

" A good old-fashioned comedy...Gurira has a gift not only for capturing the rhythm of a boisterous family gathering, but making the individual participants distinct, unique, and wholly human." - TheatreMania, Read More 


Check out these photos from Playwrights Horizons' production of Familiar in February 2016.


Familiar premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT in January 2015 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.

Characters

CASTING

3m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

MARVELOUS CHINYARAMWIRA (MAI TENDI) - an African woman in her mid sixties, matriarch
MARGARET MUNYEWA (MAI TONGAI)
- an African woman in her fifties, Marvelous’ youngest sister.
DONALD CHINYARAMWIRA (BABA TENDI) - an African man in his mid sixties, Marvelous’ husband.
NYASHA - American-Zimbabwean young woman, late 20s, Marvelous and Donald’s youngest daughter.
TENDIKAYI - Marvelous and Donald’s oldest daughter.
ANNE (MAI CARROL) - an African woman in her late sixties, Marvelous’ eldest sister.
CHRIS - a Caucasian American man, Tendikayi’s fiancé, mid thirties.
BRAD - a Caucasian American man, Chris’ brother, mid thirties.

Videos
  • Familiar Playwrights Horizons Trailer

  • Danai Gurira and Rebecca Taichman discuss Familiar

  • Playwrights Horizons cast discuss Familiar

  • Audiences react to Familiar

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