Danai Gurira’s powerful new play, “The Convert,” which was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, will be presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, April 17 through May 19, 2012. The opening is scheduled for April 19. The world premiere production of “The Convert,” a co-production with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre, is directed by Emily Mann.
The entire cast from McCarter Theatre Center will continue on to the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Pascale Armand, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Zainab Jah, Kevin Mambo, LeRoy McClain, Warner Joseph Miller and Harold Surratt.
Set amid the colonial scramble for southern Africa in 1895, “The Convert” tells the tale of Jekesai, a young girl who escapes a forced marriage arrangement by becoming the newest convert of a well-meaning black catechist for the Catholic Church. But when an anti-colonial uprising erupts she is torn by her loyalties to her family and her culture and is forced to decide which side of the conflict she will choose – and where her heart truly belongs.