“I coached her to cook – I did… I was the cooker – she was the cookless – I was the cooker who coached the cookless… I… coached her to (cook)… She was a bad learner.”

You’re invited into a kitchen in a South African Township where a fragrant meal is being prepared. As they cook, three generations of a close-knit family share stories, banter and food. Both urgent and exuberant, green’s formally daring play tackles what’s transmitted and lost through generations of a family—and a nation.

generations reunites playwright debbie tucker green and director Leah C. Gardiner following their 2011 Obie award-winning production of born bad and features a 13-person choir led by Bongi Duma (Broadway’s The Lion King).

Reviews of generations

“A short, sweet and gut-grabbing play.”
The New York Times


Photos by Julieta Cervantes

U.S. Premiere
OCT 01 – NOV 23, 2014

by debbie tucker green
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Composition, Arrangement and Music Direction by Bongi Duma

Shyko Amos
Mamoudou Athie
Khail Toi Bryant
Ntombikhona Dlamini
Thuli Dumakude
Jonathan Peck
Michael Rogers

Set Design:
Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design:
Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Lighting Design:
Matt Frey
Sound Design:
Matt Tierney


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New York, NY 10013

A coproduction with Soho Rep