TCG National Conference 2007 - Performance: In The Continuum

This year, the National Conference is pleased to present a performance of In The Continuum by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter. The performance will take place on Friday, June 8 at 3:15PM on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.


A Note From The Playwrights

In The Continuum was born of our profound concern for the experience of black women in the present fight against HIV/AIDS.Black women currently represent the highest rate of new infections both in the U.S. and Africa and this is a story told from that perspective.Developed during our third year in NYU's Graduate Acting Program with an invaluable artistic community of students and teachers, it is a representation of the humanity behind the statistics and an invitation for more unheard stories to be brought "In(to) The Continuum."






Danai Gurira (Playwright/Abigail/others)

International Tour: In The Continuum tour at Primary Stages;Perry Street Theatre; Harare International Festival of the Arts,Zimbabwe; Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town; Market Theatre, Johannesburg;Traverse Theater – Edinburgh theater company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre - Washington DC, Kirk Douglas Theater - Los Angeles. New York: Forbidden City, Lincoln Center Theater workshop;God Botherers, The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival New Works Now! series. Regional: The Story, Philadelphia Theatre Company. International: King Baabu, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Television and Film: a lead role opposite Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor" (Tom McCarthy's follow-up to "The Station Agent") shot in October 2006; "Law & Order:Criminal Intent"; "Trial of Charumathi", short film;Patience, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Ms. Gurira received her M.F.A. in acting from New York University, where she appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Ruby in King Hedley II. She is the recipient of a 2006 OBIE Award and a 2006 Outer Critics John Gassner Award, Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations) 2004, Drama League - Outstanding Performance (2005), in addition to being honored by the Theater Hall of Fame. Ms. Gurira was born in the U.S. to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe. "Thanks to family and friends for unshakable support and to the Lord, my God: my muse, my light. And to the women of Africa, my beautiful Africa: I live and strive to give you voice. Dedicated to the memory of my phenomenal, fearless grandmother Miriam Mutambara Chiza. Let me become just half the woman she was."


Nikkole Salter (Playwright/Nia/others)

Off-Broadway: In The Continuum, Perry Street Theatre and International Tour at Harare International Festival of the Arts,Harare, Zimbabwe; the Baxter Theatre Centre, Capetown South Africa;the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa; the Traverse Theatre,Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. New York theatre:King Hedley II, We Won't Pay, Gum, Three Sisters (at NYU);The Overwhelming (Rattlestick Theater workshop with director Lucie Tiberghien); Prime Time (Lincoln Center workshop with director Liesl Tommy); The Story (Kesselring Project at the Player's Club); Stop Kiss (Studio Tisch). Regional Theatre: Jitney (Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C.). Film and Television: Pride and Glory starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell, The Architect starring Isabella Rossellini and Viola Davis, Whispers (2002 HBO Short Film finalist,2002 IFP Gordon Parks Award and 2003 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection), "The Unit", "Moesha." Awards: Howard University Hilltop Scholar; NYU Graduate Acting Fellow; Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship (2006); and for co-writing and co-performing In The Continuum, the 2005 Off Broadway hit and one of the New York Times' four top plays of the season, the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations (2004); Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance (2005); OBIE Special Certificate (2006); Outer Critics John Gassner Award (2006). Nikkole is a graduate of Howard University's College of Fine Arts and NYU's Graduate Acting Program. Nikkole was born and raised in Los Angeles,California."Thanks to my family, friends, teachers and mentors for investing so much in my development and to God who makes all things possible."


Robert O’Hara (Director)

received a 2006 OBIE Award for his direction of the world premiere production of In The Continuum. That production also went on to be named to the Top Ten Lists for 2005 in NY Times,Village Voice, Newsday and New York Daily News.Mr. O’Hara has directed at New York Shakespeare Festival,Primary Stages, Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Kirk Douglas Theatre (CTG),American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Market Theatre in Johannesburg,The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, The Culture Project, The Flea, Athenaeum Theatre, and The Perry Street Theatre. He has directed professionally all over New York City. His work has ranged from Shakespeare and Howard Barker to Kia Corthron and Chay Yew. He has also developed work at Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop,Seattle Rep, and Theater Emory. He wrote and directed the World Premiere of Insurrection: Holding History at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, which received the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play and subsequently was published by both Theatre Communications Group and Dramatists Play Service. He received his Directing MFA from Columbia University, after which he asst. directed major productions helmed by George C. Wolfe, Daniel Sullivan, Adrian Hall, and Tazewell Thompson. His recent projects are Des McAnuff’s Revival of The Wiz at The LaJolla Playhouse and his new adaptation of the Oresteia, titled Good Breeding, which premiered under his direction at UCSD.


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