The Guthrie Theater in co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre present

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

Approximately 2 hours, 10 minutes with one intermission

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.

In the news

Review

Familiar conveys a lot of rich ideas, fosters deeper empathy and also entertains—brilliantly.”

Read the Pioneer Press review. 

Review

“Director Taibi Magar’s production is uproariously funny”

Read the Star Tribune review. 

Video

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Photos

The cast of Familiar by Danai Gurira, directed by Taibi Magar. Photo by Dan Norman.

Shá Cage (Tendi) and Quinn Franzen (Chris) in the the Guthrie Theater’s production of Familiar. Photo by Dan Norman.

Shá Cage (Tendi), Harvy Blanks (Donald Chinyaramwira) and Quinn Franzen (Chris) in the the Guthrie Theater’s production of FamiliarPhoto by Dan Norman.

Quinn Franzen (Chris), Michael Wieser (Brad), Wandachristine (Anne Mwarimba) and Austene Van (Prof. Margaret Munyewa) in the Guthrie Theater’s production of FamiliarPhoto by Dan Norman.

The cast of the Guthrie Theater’s production of Familiar. Photo by Dan Norman.

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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.

Tickets: $15 ($12 for subscribers)

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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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Thursday Night Music

Join us from 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. in the Target Lounge on select Thursday evenings to enjoy the music of Mozambique musician Nyttu Chongo. 

  • March 22

  • March 29
  • April 5

  • April 12

Chongo will play instruments and musical tones from Mozombique, Zimbabwe and Rawanda: Timbila (Mozambique); Mbira Nyunga (Zimbabwe); Mbira Dzavadzimo (Zimbabwe), and Inanga Burundi (Rawanda). Learn more about the artist here.  

Artists

Cast

Harvy Blanks

Donald Chinyaramwira

Shá Cage

Tendi

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 and Projections Designer

Scott W. Edwards

Sound Designer

Carla Steen

Dramaturg

Lucinda Holshue

Vocal Coach

Justin Hossle

Stage Manager

Todd Kalina

Assistant Stage Manager

Kecha Nickson

Assistant Vocal Coach

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