The Convert

The Convert

By Danai Gurira

Directed by Emily Mann

Originally produced at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ.

January 13, 2012 through February 12, 2012

About the Premiere Production:
It’s 1895 in the region that would become Zimbabwe. Jekesai, a young village girl, escapes a forced marriage by becoming the newest convert of a well-meaning black catechist for the Catholic Church. When a civil uprising against colonial white rule disrupts their lessons, the girl and her teacher must find their place in a new world order that threatens their heritage, history, and faith. Prodigiously talented playwright Danai Gurira (Eclipsed and In the Continuum) has written an unflinching, startling, and compelling new play, filled with humor and compassion.

Director: Emily Mann

Set Design: Daniel Ostling

Lighting Design: Lap Chi Chu

Sound Design: Darron L West

Costume Design: Paul Tazewell

Dialect Coach: Beth McGuire 

Subsequent Productions: Produced in association with Center Theatre Group and the Goodman Theatre



McCarter’s Emily Mann Wins 2012 La Ovation Award for Best Director

Planet Princeton

November 13, 2012

"The Convert" by Danai Gurira

State of the Arts, New Jersey

October 24, 2012

Center Theatre Group leads Ovation Awards nominations

Los Angeles Times

September 11, 2012

The Convert, a CurtainUp Review


January 20, 2012

The Convert

January 23, 2012

The Convert at McCarter Theater

Princeton Found

January 24, 2012

Review: The Convert at McCarter Theater

Princeton Patch

January 24, 2012

Review: The Convert at Princeton's McCarter Center


January 30, 2012

Colonial History, Through The Eyes Of The Colonized

National Public Radio

February 10, 2012

Subsequent Productions:

Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, CA April 17, 2012 - May 13, 2012 (Co-production with McCarter Theatre and Goodman Theatre)

Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA February 19, 2015 - March 15, 2015

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co in Washington, DC February 11, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL February 25, 2012 - March 25, 2012 (Co-production with McCarter Theatre and Center Theatre Group)

Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA January 28, 2016 - February 28, 2016 (Co-production with Underground Railway Theater)

The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, PA October 9, 2013 - November 10, 2013