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 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
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $25 per performance
- Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
- 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.