About The Convert
From prodigiously talented playwright Danai Gurira (Eclipsed, In the Continuum) comes The Convert; winner of the 2011 Stavis Award and Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. In 1895 in the region that would become Zimbabwe, a girl is forced to choose between her family’s traditions and the Christian faith and Western values she has embraced. Born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe, Gurira’s unique perspective and distinctive voice have created a compelling new play filled with humor and compassion.
This production contains partial nudity. Appropriate for ages 14 and up.
Playwright Danai Gurira on The Convert
The concepts of ownership and cultural identity, right and wrong and moral ideals, and of course questions of faith and Christian identity -- all these things still flood who we are today. The Convert was really exploring all of that in myself...I felt the need to explore my own Zimbabwean identity and the country as a whole the only way I know how, which is through dramatic writing.
The Convert is part one of my cycle on Zimbabwe and Zimbabwean identity. In the Convert I go back to the inciting incident: when Zimbabwe became a colony and the first uprising against the colonial structure occurred.
Director Emily Mann on The Convert
I go to the theatre not just to have myself reflected back at me. I go to the theatre also to be transported to some place I’ve never been, and this play does that…And although you are seeing the story of a young African woman in Harare in 1895, you absolutely connect to her and her story.
What happens to a young soul who’s caught between cultures, who sees the good in western culture and the good in her own culture and the bad in her own culture and the bad in western culture? What happens to that person? It’s a question I’ve had all my life, studying world history and politics and geography. And through The Convert, Danai shows us.