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The Niceties

BY ELEANOR BURGESS | DIRECTED BY KIMBERLY SENIOR
AVAILABLE MAY 27 - JUNE 13 FOR ON-DEMAND STREAMING
FREE (but donations gratefully accepted)
PRESENTED BY MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HUNTINGTON

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In The Niceties an ambitious young Black college student and her esteemed White professor meet over Skype to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. Unfortunately, they find it hard to agree about the facts of the past – or the present. Discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and soon they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone. Written with powerful truth and humor by Eleanor Burgess, this deeply resonant work is directed by Kimberly Senior (Broadway's Disgraced). The Washington Post hails it as “a barnstormer of a play,” adding that it’s “one of the best plays I’ve seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how."

 

MEET THE ARISTS

Eleanor Burgess
Playwright

Kimberly Senior
Director

Lisa Banes
Janine

Jordan Boatman
Zoe

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE HUNTINGTON'S 2018 PRODUCTION OF THE NICETIES:


"BLISTERINGLY SMART! Absorbing and revealing!"
 — The Boston Globe
"A MUST-SEE! Passionate and brilliantly written." — Jared Bowen, WGBH
"The dialogue hooked me. I WAS DAZZLED! A taut, two-hander that cracks open an overdue debate about who gets to write history." — Joyce Kulhawik, Joyce's Choices
"SMASHING! Extraordinary! A mind-expanding verbal roller coaster." — South Shore Critic

The Niceties is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

The Niceties’ design team includes Cameron Anderson (Production Design Consultant), Emily Auciello (Sound Design), Rocco DeSanti (Editor), and Thomas Dieter (Stage Manager).

The world premiere of The Niceties was co-produced in the 2018-2019 season by the Huntington Theatre Company (Peter DuBois, Artistic Director Michael Maso, Managing Director), Boston, MA; Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director Barry Grove, Executive Producer), New York, NY; and McCarter Theatre Center (Emily Mann, Artistic Director/Resident Playwright Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director), Princeton, NJ.

Originally developed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in July 2017, under the leadership of Ed Herendeen, Producing Director, and Peggy McKowen, Associate Producing Director. Developed in part at PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY, Anita Stewart, Executive & Artistic Director.


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