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Geffen Playhouse Presents the West Coast Premiere of "The Niceties"

February 4, 2019

Geffen Playhouse will present the West Coast premiere of The Niceties, it was announced today, written by Eleanor Burgess (Chill, Start Down) and directed by Kimberly Senior (DisgracedCareer Suicide). This world premiere production of The Niceties is currently running at McCarter Theatre Center in New Jersey, and replaces Antigone in the Geffen Playhouse 2018/2019 season lineup.
 
The production features Lisa Banes (Present Laughter on Broadway, Gone Girl) as the professor Janine, and Jordan Boatman (Hulu’s The Path) as the student Zoe, in this story of a white professor and a black student who become involved in a polite clash of perspectives that quickly explodes into an urgent and dangerous debate threatening to ruin both their lives.
 
Previews for The Niceties begin Tuesday, April 9, in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. Opening night is Wednesday, April 17, and the production will close Sunday, May 12.
 
At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They’re both liberal. They’re both women. They’re both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they’re in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen — and facing stunning implications that can’t be undone.

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