The Many Faces Of Nia

by Lenelle Moïse • Directed by Daniella Topol

Playwright Lenelle Moïse tackles guilt, race and identity with fearless comedy. When Jewish housewife Beth discovers that her son David is dating a black woman, her fears and prejudices grow into a series of outlandish apparitions. When the real Nia comes to dinner, invasive neighbors and family revelations muddle Beth’s attempt to be a good hostess.

Featuring Ross Bickell*, Alma Cuervo*, Linda Gehinger*, Carolyn Fay Kramer*, April Mathis*, Emily Skeggs*, and Linda Gehinger*.

Lenelle Moïse is a 2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate which launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project. Her other plays include The Many Faces of Nia, Matermorphosis and Cornered in the Dark. Moïse is an internationally touring solo performer and was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Her writing has been featured in several magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. She has received awards, residencies and/or commissions from the Gaea Foundation, Southern Rep, Kitchen Theatre Company, Hedgebrook, Astraea, Clark University, Northwestern University, UT Austin, and the Black Women Playwrights’ Group. Her first book, Haiti Glass, is forthcoming from City Lights Publishers’ Sister Spit imprint. Visit lenellemoise.com for more information.

In 2012, the Huntington launched the Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat culminating in public readings of the plays in development. The Workshop is modeled after the Sundance Theatre Lab and is an extension of the Huntington’s Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Reading Series. Huntington Director of New Work Lisa Timmel and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland support the writers during the intensive, artist-driven development process, and the festival is produced by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara.

Artists

  • Lenelle MoïsePlaywright
  • Daniella TopolDirector
  • Alma CuervoMartha
  • Emily SkeggsJill
  • Ross BickellJoe
  • Amy Louise SpallettaStage Manager
  • April MathisNia
  • Carolyn Faye KramerRachel
  • Linda GehringerBeth

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