A new play that explores a conversation between a young black student and her white professor, when what begins as a discussion on the college junior's paper on the American Revolution turns into tense exchanges on race and reputation.
The Off-Broadway production of The Niceties closed November 18, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen – and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone.
Author Eleanor Burgess' works include "Start Down," "Chill," and "These Dying Generations." Her plays have been produced or developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, and Huntington Theatre Company, among others. She’s a current 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and has been the recipient of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award and the Susan Glaspell Award for Women Playwrights. "The Niceties" was first produced at Boston's Huntington Theatre Company earlier this year.
Lisa Banes, seen on Broadway in "Present Laughter" and "Arcadia," among other productions, stars alongside Jordan Boatman ("The Path") in the New York premiere. Kimberly Senior ("Disgraced," "Chris Gethard: Career Suicide") directs.
What's Manhattan Theatre Club? One of three not-for-profit organizations that produce a season on Broadway each year, MTC also has two smaller stages at City Center, where they produce mostly modern plays (and sometimes musicals) in a fairly conventional style. More here.