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McCarter Theatre Presents "The Niceties" by Eleanor Burgess
originally published: 12/31/2018
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- McCarter Theater Center, in association with Huntington Theatre Company and Manhattan Theatre Club, presents The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess from January 11 through February 10th in the Berlind Theatre. The play is about race, history, and power. Zoe, a black student at an Ivy League University, visits her white professor’s office hours to discuss her thesis about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution.
In this riveting two-person drama, a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent and dangerous contemporary debate. “Scintillating,” raves Peter Marks in the Washington Post. “The story of America, it seems, is destined to be wrestled over to the bitter end.” Kimberly Senior (Disgraced on Broadway) directs.
The cast includes Lisa Banes as Janine and Jordan Boatman as Zoe. The production is directed by Kimberly Senior.
Special events related to the production include Dialogue on Drama on Sunday, January 20th. An in-depth post-show interview with a member of the creative team, often the playwright or director, that offers audiences a window into the artistic process of bringing a play to life.
Pride Night Party on Thursday, January 24. Before the show, catch up with friends old and new while enjoying hearty appetizers, cash bar, exciting giveaways, and special guest appearances. It's Princeton’s most vibrant LGBTQ night out!
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Post show discussions on January 23 and January 27. Highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff, often featuring cast members
About the Cast:
Lisa Banes: Broadway: Rumors, High Society, Arcadia, Accent on Youth, Present Laughter. Off-Broadway: Look Back in Anger (Theatre World Award), A Call From the East, My Sister in this House (Obie Award), Three Sisters, Antigone, Isn’t it Romantic (Drama Desk nomination), Emily, Fighting International Fat, Ten by Tennessee, The Alice Complex, Go Back to Where You Are, The Niceties. Film: Gone Girl, A Cure for Wellness, The Hotel New Hampshire, Marie, Young Guns, Cocktail, Dragonfly, The Jackal, Pumpkin, Without Limits, Freedom Writers. Acres of television includes the series The Trials of Rosie O’Neil, Girls Club, Son of the Beach— recurring roles include China Beach, Six Feet Under, King of Queens, Royal Pains, Masters of Sex, Nashville. Graduate of the Juilliard School and alumnae of The Acting Company.
Jordan Boatman: Jordan is a 2018 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and recently appeared in Hulu’s The Path. Some of her favorite past roles include Berniece in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Emilia from Shakespeare’s Othello.
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