U.S. and African Tour Stops Ready for Acclaimed AIDS Drama In the Continuum

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Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre and Harare, Zimbabwe will receive the upcoming international tour of Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira's In the Continuum after it ends its extended Off-Broadway run at the Perry Street Theatre Feb. 18.

The play will travel to Harare, Zimbabwe in late April before returning to the U.S. In late August for its first stop national tour stop at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Primary Stages in association with the Perry Street Theatre and Patrick Blake and Cheryl Wiesenfeld present the acclaimed production which began at Perry Street Theatre Nov. 18 and reopened Dec. 1 — following a Sept. 11-Oct. 30 run at the 59E59 Street Theatres. Robert O'Hara directs the transfer which was originally slated through Jan. 14 and extended twice. It will play its final performance on Feb. 18.

"In the Continuum dramatizes the devastating problem of HIV/AIDS among African and African-American women that has reached an all time high both in the US and Africa," according to show materials. The show's co-creators portray numerous characters in two parallel stories — a married Zimbabwean woman and a 19-year-old girl from South Central Los Angeles — in this tale told from a woman's perspective.

Salter, born and raised in Los Angeles, pens and performs the new work with Gurira, who was born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe. Director O'Hara wrote and directed the world premiere of Insurrection: Holding History at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater (the 1996 Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play Debut). His credits also include American Ma(u)l (The Culture Project), an adaptation of Beowulf into a funk/rock musical for Seattle Repertory Theater and the new upcoming works Raw Pearl, a musical based on the life of Pearl Bailey, and Antebellum, a new play which Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose has appeared in development readings at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2005 Playwrights Conference and the upcoming Hartford Stage's "Brand:NEW Fall Festival of New Works."

Tickets to In The Continuum at Perry Street, at 31 Perry Street (off Seventh Ave.), can be purchased by calling (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit www.perrystreettheatre.com.

Nikkole Salter (front) and Danai Gurira in <i>In the Continuum</i>.
Nikkole Salter (front) and Danai Gurira in In the Continuum. Photo by James Leynse
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