Playwrights Horizons Casts Danai Gurira's Familiar

News   Playwrights Horizons Casts Danai Gurira's Familiar
Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons has announced casting for Familiar, a new work by Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira. The cast will feature Tamara Tunie from the long-running TV series "Law & Order: SVU," Roslyn Ruff (All The Way) and Broadway vet Myra Lucretia Taylor, among others.

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Performances are set to begin Feb. 12 with an opening night March 3. The New York premiere, helmed by Rebecca Taichman, is scheduled to run through March 27 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater.

The cast of Gurira's play, about tradition and assimilation, also includes Ito Aghayere, Joby Earle, Melanie Nicholls-King, Harold Surratt and Joe Tippett.

Here's how the theatre bills the new work: "It’s winter in Minnesota and a Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter (Ruff), a first-generation American. But when the bride insists on observing a traditional African custom, it opens a deep rift in the household. Rowdy and affectionate, Familiar pitches tradition against assimilation, drawing a loving portrait of a family: the customs they keep, and the secrets they bury."

The production will feature scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Tony winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and sound design by Tony winner Darron L West. The production stage manager is Cole P. Bonenberger.

Familiar had its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in February 2014. Gurira's Eclipsed, starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, will make its Broadway premiere in February; previews begin at the John Golden Theatre Feb. 23.

Tickets to the New York production of Familiar may be purchased online via, by phone at (212) 279-4200 or by visiting Ticket Central Box Office, 416 West 42nd St., Manhattan.

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