Salvation comes at an unholy price when colonialism threatens a Southern African boomtown.
"Gurira has written a richly complex portrait. ‘The Convert’ is gutsy, heartfelt… Blistering acting throughout. See it and feel it we do."
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune online
“Gurira is earning a reputation for hard-hitting drama.” - Variety
It’s 1895 when the convert, a teenager named Jekesai, is thrust into strange new circumstances that pit Ancient African traditions against Western culture and Christianity. When conflict erupts, she must follow her heart and make the ultimate sacrifice.
With an urgent voice, both heartrending and humorous, Obie Award-winner Danai Gurira (In the Continuum and Eclipsed) brings yet another faraway world to the Douglas to enlighten, enrage and ultimately edify audiences.
A co-production with McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ) and The Goodman Theatre (Chicago).
An Interview with Danai Gurira
My theater life began pretty early on. I was born in the United States but raised in Zimbabwe. I actually spent a lot of time in theater there as... more online.
The World of the Convert: Zimbabwe in the 19th Century
by Carrie Hughes. In Danai Gurira’s arresting new drama, The Convert, the fictional 15-year-old Jekesai, an African girl in the region that would eventually become Zimbabwe, finds herself caught in a tug-of-war between her native family and culture and a new Christian religion and way of... more online.
Zimbabwe from the 19th Century: A Timeline
Picture of village life in late 19th century Bulawayo, Rhodesia more online.
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A world premiere production co-produced with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre
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