The Niceties

The Niceties will begin previews Friday, October 12 prior to a Thursday, October 25 opening night at The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street).

Contact: Chris Boneau / Amy Kass / Melissa Cohen / Michelle Farabaugh

 

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MTC is proud to produce The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess and directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced), in association with Huntington Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre Center, at The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center.

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 deeply resonant work is directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced). The Washington Post hails it as “a barnstormer of a play,” adding that it’s “one of the best plays I’ve seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how.” 

The Niceties will star Lisa Banes (Present Laughter) and Jordan Boatman (Hulu’s “The Path”). Previews begin October 12 ahead of an October 25 opening at The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center.

The design team includes Cameron Anderson (Scenic Design), Kara Harmon (Costume Design), D.M. Wood (Lighting Design), and Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Design).

The Niceties was originally presented as part of MTC’s Ted Snowdon Reading Series in 2017. This production will debut at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, MA from August 31 – September 30, 2018 prior to arriving at Manhattan Theatre Club; it will then play McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ from January 11 – February 10, 2019.