The Niceties Opens NHTP 2019-20 MainStage Season

October 07, 2019

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The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess, an explosive new play focused on race, opens Friday October 11 and runs through October 27 with performances on Friday & Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm. The Niceties, starring Genevieve Aichele and Malikah McHerrin-Cobb, and directed by Catherine Stewart, will be produced in partnership with the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity based at the University of New Hampshire. 

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. Written with powerful truth and humor by Eleanor Burgess, this work premiered at The Manhattan Theatre Club in partnership with the Huntington Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre Center.

The theme ‘Can one person make a difference?’ will carry through NHTP’s MainStage this season, and into other areas of programming including classes and workshops. The Niceties has this idea at its core, where both characters feel that the power for change lies in the hands of their counterpart and not themselves. 

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RUSH40 is back this season. Thirty minutes before any performance audience members aged 40 years and under can come to the theatre and receive a 50% discount on the regular ticket price. The RUSH40 program is only available at the theatre, and not for online purchases. 

  • Receive 50% discount off regular ticket price 
  • For patrons 40 years and under
  • 30 minutes prior to any performance at the door unless sold out

 Since 1998, New Hampshire Theatre Project has been providing nurturing professional environments for youth, artists and community members to be inspired and transformed through the art of theatre. NH Theatre Project is located at 959 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 
 

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