The Young Vic Theatre has announced casting for its upcoming production of Tony nominee Danai Gurira‘s acclaimed 2012 play, The Convert, which runs at the Young Vic from 7 December 2018 to 26 January 2019, directed by Ola Ince.
Gurira‘s Black Panther co-star Letitia Wright will play the role of Jekesai/Ester, alongside Paapa Essiedu as Chilford, and Ivanno Jeremiah as Chancellor. The cast also includes: Jude Akuwudike (Uncle), Rudolphe Mdlongwa (Tamba), and Pam Nomvete (Mai Tamba). Casting for the role of Prudence will be announced at a later date.
Set in 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe, The Convert explores if faith has a cost and if so, when that cost is too much.
Jekesai, a young Shona woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford.
He relishes the opportunity to shape his new convert but Jekesai’s salvation has a price.
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