“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).

Featuring: Shyko Amos, Mamoudou Athie, Khail Toi Bryant, Ntombikhona Dlamini, Thuli Dumakude, Jonathan Peck, and Michael Rogers

Chorus: Elijah Caldwell, Jasmine Holloway, Michael Howard Darell Hunt, Jon Kirkland, Ismael Kouyate, John Lucas, Slindile Sokutu, Reitumetse Rita Motlhanka, Thakabasadi Sato, Electra Weston, and Tanya Zondo

debbie tucker green (Playwright) For Soho Rep.: debbie won a 2011 Obie award for the US premiere of born bad at Soho Rep. UK writing/directing credits include: nut (Royal National Theatre – Shed); truth and reconciliation (Royal Court Theatre). Select UK playwriting credits include: random (Royal Court Theatre); generations (Young Vic); trade (RSC New Work Festival – Stratford); stoning mary (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs); born bad (Hampstead Theatre); dirty butterfly (Soho Theatre). TV/Film: second coming (Writer/Director); random (Writer/Director), which won a 2012 Bafta Award for Best Single Drama; heat (Writer/Director); and spoil (Writer). Radio credits include: gone, random, handprint and freefall (BBC Radio 3); to swallow (BBC Radio 4).

Leah Gardiner (Director) Leah won a 2011 Obie award for direction for the US premiere of debbie tucker green’s born bad at Soho Rep. Recent New York credits include: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Atlantic Theater Company); Kent, CT (Zipper Theater); The Ghost of Enoch Charlton, (Keen Company); Bulrusher (Urban Stages, World Premiere and Pulitzer finalist). National credits include: Antony and Cleopatra, Othello (Houston Shakespeare Festival); By the Way Meet Vera Stark (Alliance Theater); Fences (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Sucker Punch (Studio Theatre, U.S. Premiere); Clementine in the Lower Nine (TheatreWorks, World Premiere); The Last Five Years (Crossroads Theatre); Streetcar Named Desire (Pillsbury House Theatre); Piano Lesson (Madison Rep); Blue Door (South Coast Repertory, World Premiere and Pulitzer finalist); Topdog/Underdog (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Birdie Blue (City Theatre); Orange Flower Water (Contemporary American Theatre Festival, World Premiere); The Flag Maker of Market Street (World Premiere, Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Angels in America, Parts I and II (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); (Re-staging Director) Broadway’s The Normal Heart (Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater); National Tour, Wit (Kennedy Center, Ordway, among others). Select film directing credits include: Cultures Collide (Sony Entertainment); The Belle of New Orleans (Alliance Theater). Leah was a producer on the Sundance Festival award-winning film Mother of George. MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.

About PlayCo’s 2014-15 Season
Our whole season will take place within TWO SQUARE BLOCKS IN TRIBECA. Come enjoy this part of the city with us. To find out where to grab a bite and park, and other useful info, please click on the PlayCo in TriBeCa icon below.

Rush Policy

Limited rush tickets ($30 or $20 for students with valid ID) are available for most performances on a first-come, first-served basis and are distributed 15-minutes prior to each performance.

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OCT 01 – NOV 23, 2014

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

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


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