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January 26 – March 3, 2019
(Opening night: Thursday, January 31)

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Danai Gurira

Donald and his wife Marvelous have been living the American Dream since emigrating from Zimbabwe nearly three decades ago. They have a beautiful house and impressive careers, and now one of their daughters is getting married! But when the bride insists on a traditional African wedding ceremony, tensions start to rise. Throw in an eccentric aunt from the old country and a bewildered bridegroom, and soon it’s not certain the couple will ever make it down the aisle. Familiar, from Tony Award nominee Danai Gurira (Black Panther, “The Walking Dead”), takes a funny, warmhearted look at tradition, marriage, and what it means to be an American family. The New York Times calls it “an engrossing, fiercely funny comedy–drama that probes with subtlety and smarts.” Contains strong language.



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Danai Gurira
Danai Gurira. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe. 

Cast and Creative


Danai Gurira (Playwright, Familiar) is an award-winning playwright and actress. As a playwright, her works include In the Continuum (Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Helen Hayes Award), Eclipsed (Tony Award nomination for Best Play, NAACP Theatre Award, Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play, Connecticut Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Production – Play), and The Convert (six Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award). Her newest play, Familiar, received its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2015 and premiered in New York at Playwrights Horizons in February 2016. She is the recipient of the Sam Norkin Award at the 2016 Drama Desk Awards, a Whiting Award, and a Hodder Fellowship, and she has been commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, and Royal Court Theatre. As an actor, she currently co-stars in Marvel’s blockbuster phenomenon Black Panther as Okoye, opposite Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Lupita Nyong’o; in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War in that same role; and as Michonne on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” (NAACP Image Award nomination). Recently she also starred as Afeni Shakur in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me. Her other select acting credits include the films The Visitor and Mother of George, as well as playing Isabella in Shakespeare in the Park’s Measure for Measure (Joe A. Callaway Award). Born in the U.S. to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe, she holds an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and serves as an ambassador for Bono’s ONE campaign. She is also the founder of LOGpledge.org, an awareness-building campaign focused on the plights of women and girls around the globe, and the co-founder of Almasi Arts, which works to give access and opportunity to the African dramatic artist. almasiartsalliance.org,@danaigurira on Twitter and Instagram, @DanaiGuriraOfficial on Facebook.