#51. I recently read “The Known World” by Edward P. Jones. It’s an epic American tale of slavery in the 1800’s. It’s a great read that has lingered with me. I was completely bewildered to read about freed slaves owning slaves. That anyone thought slavery was okay is disconcerting. That the oppressed would become the oppressors to their own people is unthinkable.
Goodman Theatre, in conjunction withMcCarter Theatre Center and Center Theatre Group, presents a world premiere production of The Convert. In 1895 South Africa, Jekesai’s uncle is planning her arranged marriage…to him. Instead of being forced to become one of his wives, Jekesai seeks shelter in the home of a missionary. Chilford Chiredzi is a recovering *savage.* At nine, he left home to study to become a priest. Now, he no longer speaks his tribal language. He speaks perfect British English. And he is on a mission from God to convert all the native pagans to English-speaking Catholics. Jekesai agrees to sell her soul to Jesus to escape her uncle. Chilford renames her Ester and she is *born again.*
Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.
Filed under: Goodman Theatre
Tags: Adam Belcuore, Alison Cote, Beth McGuire, Carrie Hughes, Center Theatre Group, Danai Gurira, Daniel Ostling, Darron L West, Edward P. Jones, Emily Mann, Erika Sellin, Goodman Theatre, J. Steven White, Katy Walsh, Lap Chi Chu, McCarter Theatre Center, Owen Theatre, Pascale Armand (Jekesai/Ester); Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Mai Tamba); Zainab Jah (Prudence); Kevin Mambo (Chancellor); LeRoy McClain (Chilford); Warner Joseph Miller (Tamba); Harold Surratt, Paul Tazewell, post, T Charles Erickson, The Convert, The Known World