From the author of Eclipsed
Following the success of her Broadway play Eclipsed, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) premiered her new work Familiar in New York this March. Now headed to Minneapolis' Guthrie Theatre in 2018 and helmed by Taibi Magar, Familiar is centered on the rifts that open up in a Zimbabwean family over the course of a wedding weekend; this boisterous ensemble piece explores racial and cultural divides with panache. Take cover as explosive family fireworks interweave with questions of cultural identity for the bride-to-be.
What is Familiar About?
Born to Zimbawbean parents in Minnesota, Nyasha is the perfect portrait of assimilation. She's a successful lawyer and is set to be married to her human right activist fiancee Chris. Problems arise when the happy couple journey back to her family home, and Cherise insists the upcoming ceremony incorporates a traditional Zimbabwean custom. While she sees it as a way of honoring her African heritage, some of her relations view it as a unnecessary and very-un-American reminder of a past life. As cultural and family battle lines are drawn, the wedding teeters on the edge of collapse.