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  • Familiar
  • Familiar
  • Familiar

World Premiere

Commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre

January 30-February 21, 2015
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

About Familiar

In a snowy Midwestern suburb, Marvelous and Donald are preparing for the marriage of their eldest daughter. 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.

Born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe, OBIE and Whiting Writers Award winning playwright Danai Gurira is the author of the critically acclaimed plays Eclipsed (Yale Rep, 2009), the Pulitzer Prize finalist In the Continuum (co-written with Nikkole Salter; Yale Rep, 2007), and The Convert. Rebecca Taichman’s previous Yale Rep credits include the world premieres of David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette and The Evildoers.


Yale Repertory Theatre is supported in part by the
Connecticut Office of the Arts.