The Niceties

by  Eleanor Burgess

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2f

What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history, and power.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Zoe, a black student at a liberal arts college, is called into her white professor’s office to discuss her paper about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history, and power.
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Reviews

"Burgess generates a verbal whirlwind with a words-per-minute velocity that rivals Aaron Sorkin." - The Boston Globe

"An articulate, expression of #blacklivesmatter anger as well as a millennial rebel yell." - The Arts Fuse

A barnburner of a play […] One of the best plays I’ve seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how.” - The Washington Post

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Videos

  • Huntington Theatre: The Niceties
  • Portland Stage: The Niceties
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

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  • Duration: 105 Minutes

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2f
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Eleanor Burgess

Eleanor's plays include THE NICETIES, START DOWN, CHILL, and THESE DYING GENERATIONS. Her work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Geffen Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, the Alliance Theatre, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage ...

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