Casting has been announced for the upcoming production of The Niceties at the Finborough Theatre, which will receive its European premiere next month. Written by Eleanor Burgess, the play follows an ambitious black student and her white professor at an elite university in East coast America. While discussing an assignment on the American Revolution, their differing views expose ideological divides that turn private discussions into a public conversation.
The European premiere of the hit Off-Broadway play The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess.
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.
The Niceties is a complex and compelling depiction of racial and generational divides which speaks directly to our polarised, post-truth era, as it asks who gets to tell the story of America, and how.