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The Niceties

From Oct 11, 2019 to Oct 27, 2019
Play by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Catherine Stewart

UNH Office of Community, Equity & Diversity
JCM Management Company, Inc.
Harman Law Offices 
Threshold Stage Company


In this brand new drama, a black student and a white professor meet to discuss a paper about slavery's role in the American Revolution.  A polite conversation becomes a powder keg of race, history and power, and neither woman will ever be the same.
Special post-show discussion on Sunday, October 13th. 
JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director of the Black Heritage Trail of NH, and Allyson Ryder, Program Manager in Community, Equity and Diversity at UNH, will discuss the importance of representation in curriculum and teaching, and work being done in NH to begin telling the full history of our state. The conversation will begin shortly after the performance and is free and open to all. 

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.

This production will star NHTP's Founding Executive Artistic Director Genevieve Aichele in the role of Janine, with guest artist Malikah McHerrin-Cobb in the role of Zoe.  The Niceties will be directed by NHTP's Associate Artistic Director Catherine Stewart. "This production turns our expectations and ethics on their head," explains Stewart. "As part of our provocative 2019-2020 Season we will be challenging our artists and our audiences to think deeply about the many aspects of life we take for granted. This play asks us to look at the education we receive, and the perspective from which we see the world - when a play is this eye-opening we had to make sure it came to our stage."

The Niceties is produced in partnership with the University of New Hampshire's Office of Community, Equity and Diversity.
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Genevieve Aichele

Malikha McHerrin-Cobb

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