The Convert

Carolyn Sewell
Performance Dates

OBIE Award-winning playwright Danai Gurira (EclipsedIn The Continuum) returns to Woolly with her rich, unflinching, and compassionate new play. Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village life and a forced marriage arrangement, ultimately discovering Christianity under the guidance of an African teacher. However, as anti-colonial sentiments rise to a boiling point, Jekesai must choose between her new European God and the spirits of her ancestors. “Intense and deeply affecting” (Chicago Tribune), The Convert examines complex cultural and religious collisions that shaped the post-colonial world, the reverberations of which are still felt in Zimbabwe today.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
180 minutes



Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Choreographer for musicals
Lighting Designer
Sound Designer: RYAN RUMERY
Dramaturg: JOHN M. BAKER