World Premiere of Danai Gurira's Familiar, About Bride-to-Be, Opens Tonight

News   World Premiere of Danai Gurira's Familiar, About Bride-to-Be, Opens Tonight
The world premiere of Danai Gurira's Familiar officially opens Feb. 5 following previews that began Jan. 30 at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Danai Gurira
Danai Gurira

Commissioned by Yale Rep, performances continue through Feb. 21. Rebecca Taichman directs.

The cast comprises Shyko Amos, Harvy Blanks, Cherise Boothe, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Ross Marquand, Kimberly Scott and Joe Tippett.

"In a snowy Midwestern suburb, Marvelous and Donald are preparing for the marriage of their eldest daughter," according to precedence. "Clashes erupt within the family when the first-generation American bride-to-be insists on observing a traditional Zimbabwean wedding ritual. Familiar is a richly funny and deeply moving new play about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, wives and husbands—the customs they keep, and the secrets they keep buried."

The production also features music composed by Somi, scenic design by Matt Saunders, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting by Joey Moro, sound by Brian Hickey, voice and dialect coaching by Elizabeth McGuire, dramaturgy by Carrie Hughes, casting by Tara Rubin Casting and stage management by Anita Shastri.

Tickets range from $20–98 and are available online at, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior and group rates are also available.

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