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

Familiar

by Danai Gurira
directed by Taibi Magar
McGuire Proscenium Stage

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.

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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. 

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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.

Artists

Cast

Harvy Blanks

Donald Chinyaramwira

Shá Cage

Tendi

Quinn Franzen

Chris

Perri Gaffney

Dr. Marvelous Chinyamurindi

Wandachristine

Anne Mwarimba

Aishé Keita

Nyasha

Austene Van

Prof. Margaret Munyewa

Michael Wieser

Brad

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Creative

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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