Familiar

by Danai Gurira
directed by Taibi Magar

Overview

A boisterous family drama

There’s something old, something new and something borrowed in this feisty, heart-warming play about a Zimbabwean-American family preparing for their daughter Tendi’s wedding. Marvelous and Donald have built their American dream in Minnesota, so when Tendi requests a traditional African blessing before marrying her white fiancé from Minnetonka and a surprise guest drops a bombshell, the rehearsal dinner can’t come soon enough. Family fireworks are interwoven with questions of cultural identity in this acclaimed play.

Location

McGuire Proscenium Stage

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Run Time

TBA

Age Recommendation

We recommend children be 12+, but admit children as young as 8.

Content Advisory

This production contains strong language, mature themes and brief nudity. Student matinees will not include nudity. For more information, please call our Box Office. 

Accessibility

ASL, Audio Described and Open Captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Ticket Prices

Preview performances start at $15 (March 10 - 15). 
Regular performances $29 - $77.

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Meet the playwright

  • Gurira is a first generation Zimbabwean-American and a 2001 graduate of St. Paul's Macalester College.
  • As an actress, Gurira is well known for her role in AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and is in the Marvel Studios film Black Panther.
  • As Familiar played Off-Broadway, Gurira’s play Eclipsed premiered on Broadway and starred Lupita Nyong’o.

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How'd they do that workshop

Discover how we create a production from the ground up. Hear from Guthrie staff and artists who played a part in creating the production, and learn exciting details about the design process, building the set, props and costumes, rehearsal, and more! 

Saturday, April 7
10 – 11:30 a.m.

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Post-play discussions

The best conversations happen after hours. Stay late on these dates for a discussion with the artists who bring the show to life.

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Artists

Cast

Harvy Blanks

Donald Chinyaramwira

Shá Cage

Tendikayi

Quinn Franzen

Chris

Perri Gaffney

Dr. MarveloChinyamurindi

Wandachristine

Anne Mwarimba

Aishé Keita

Nyasha

Austene Van

Prof. Margaret Munyewa

Michael Wieser

Brad

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Creative

Joseph Haj

Artistic Director

Danai Gurira

Playwright

Taibi Magar

Director

Adam Rigg

Scenic Designer

Karen Perry

Costume Designer

Tom Mays

Lighting Designer

Scott W. Edwards

Sound Designer

Carla Steen

Dramaturg

Lucinda Holshue

Vocal Coach

Justin Hossle

Stage Manager

Todd Kalina

Assistant Stage Manager

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Lindsey C. Samples

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