by Danai Gurira
Full Length Play, Comedy / 3m, 5f
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 New York, 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." - TheaterMania, Read More
ON BREAKING CHARACTER
Our Picks For The 2019/20 Season
January 7, 2019
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance
- Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Marvelous and Donald’s house, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Late 2011
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.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
Familiar premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT in January 2015 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.