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.

Artistic Statement


Grant Statement


Director: Emily Mann
Set Design: Daniel Ostling
Lighting Design: Lap Chi Chu
Sound Design: Darron L West
Costume Design: Paul Tazewell
Beth McGuire, Dialect Coach

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

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