The Niceties


The Niceties

April 9 - May 12, 2019
Gil Cates Theater

Written by Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Featuring Lisa Banes & Jordan Boatman

"In truth, there are few areas of American life that The Niceties doesn’t speak to right now." —Los Angeles Times

In this “barnburner of a play” (The Washington Post), two extraordinary women square off in a high-stakes academic debate over race, reputation and who gets the final word on how American history is written. When university professor Janine and her brilliant student Zoe don’t see eye to eye, their routine office hours discussion unexpectedly careens off course—and threatens to derail their careers, lives and the status quo.

Lisa Banes & Jordan Boatman in The Niceties. Photo by T. Charles Erickson





Meet The Artists

Eleanor Burgess’s work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, the Alliance Theatre, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company and Centenary Stage, and developed with The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Alley Theatre, Writers Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Salt Lake Acting Company, the Hermitage Artists Retreat, the Lark Play Development Center and the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. She’s a current member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and has previously been a member of the Page 73 writers’ group Interstate 73, The Civilians’ R&D Group and New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship. She’s currently writing for HBO’s upcoming series Perry Mason. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, she studied history at Yale College and Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch.

Kimberly Senior returns to the Geffen where she previously directed Sex with Strangers. She also directed the Broadway premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced, which she previously directed Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater (LCT3), Goodman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep and Mark Taper Forum. Off-Broadway: The Niceties (Manhattan Theatre Club), Career Suicide (produced by Judd Apatow), Sakina’s Restaurant (Audible), Discord (Primary Stages), Engagements (Second Stage Theater), The Who and the What (LCT3). Regional: Photograph 51 (South Coast Repertory); Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); The Niceties (Huntington Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center); Disgraced, Rapture, Blister, Burn and Support Group for Men (Goodman Theatre); Buried Child, The Scene, Marjorie Prime, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hedda Gabler, The Letters (Writers Theatre); Sheltered (Alliance Theatre); Want and The North Plan (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Other Than Honorable (Geva Theatre Center); among others. Television: Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (HBO). Senior is the recipient of the 2016 Special Non-Equity Jeff Award, 2016 Alan Schneider Award (TCG) and 2018 Einhorn Award (Primary Stages).

Now At The Geffen

Upcoming Shows & Events

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Performance Info

1 hour and 50 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.