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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 poet, playwright, and performance artist. She was a 2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow and the 2010-2011 Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway drama Expatriate. Her other plays include The Many Faces of Nia, Cornered in the Dark, Purple and Merit which won the 2012 Ruby Prize. Her work has been developed with the Culture Project, the Hansberry Project, Hedgebrook, the Jewish Plays Project, Kitchen Theatre Company, Serious Play Theatre Ensemble, Southern Rep Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, and The New Black Fest at the Lark Play Development Center, among others. Ms. Moïse has also been an artist-in-residence at Clark University, Northwestern, and UT Austin. She is the author of the poetry collection, Haiti Glass (City Lights/Sister Spit), a winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. Visit lenellemoise.com for more information.

(As of October 2018)

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

  • April MathisNia
  • Carolyn Faye KramerRachel
  • Linda GehringerBeth

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