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The Niceties :  Eleanor Burgess and Dimitry Anselme

9/29/2018 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
4 pm

Meet the playwright of The Niceties, Eleanor Burgess and Program Director of Facing History & Ourselves, Dimitry Anselme. Ask your questions following the 2pm matinee performance on September 29. 

Eleanor Burgess (Playwright) is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Alliance Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, and Centenary Stage, and developed with The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73, The Civilians, Salt Lake Acting Company, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and studied history at Yale College and dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Dimitry Anselme is the Program Director Facing History & Ourselves. He graduated from Clark University and received his Master of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has served on the Brookline high school task force for Black Male Student Achievement. Mr. Anselme worked as an advisor for Gay/Straight Student Alliance in schools. He worked as a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Department of Education to support the needs of high school LGBT students.  He was the Vice-Chair of the Advisory board of the Haitian-Multi Service Center of Catholic Charities in Boston. He was the President of the Clark University Alumni Association and served as a University Trustee for Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  

About The Niceties

Seating at select performances of The Niceties is limited, but seats are released every day for sale. Please call Ticketing Services at 617 266 0800 to learn about our Advanced Wait List and be upgraded to a seat automatically when it becomes available.

In this explosive story, a black student and a white professor – both brilliant, both liberal – meet to discuss a paper about slavery's role in the American Revolution. A polite conversation becomes a powder keg of race, history, and power, and neither woman will ever be the same. An entertaining and provocative nail-biter, written by Boston native Eleanor Burgess and directed by Broadway veteran Kimberly Senior (Disgraced), that everyone will be talking about.

Produced in association with Manhattan Theatre Club and McCarter Theatre Center

Approximate run time: The Niceties plays in approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.



Eleanor Burgess“I'm thrilled to be working at the Huntington – the place where I saw my first plays as a teenager, and the place that gave me my start as a professional playwright through the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program. And I'm extra thrilled to bring this particular play to Boston. A story about academic power and liberal dogmas, about frighteningly smart people and the stories we tell ourselves about history – it's made for this city.” — Eleanor Burgess

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