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The Niceties

By Eleanor Burgess

Directed by Leigh Rondon-Davis

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A Black student (Zoe) and her White professor (Janine) meet to discuss a paper about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite academic debate of perspectives at a liberal arts college explodes into an intergenerational clash to define “truth" when history is up for grabs.

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Watch The Niceties on demand!

Due to overwhelming demand, The Niceties is currently available to stream through August 3! If you missed the live performances, here's your chance to see the show critics called "remarkable" and "beautifully executed."

To watch the performance, click the button below to be taken to the Vimeo page. The recommended price for the performance is $20, but there are discount codes in the video's description so that you can find the price that best suits your COVID-19 budget!

If you have any questions, email us at boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org


What folks said about our production

“...nothing short of remarkable."
- Sally Hogarty | East Bay Times
“...so beautifully executed that it raises the bar for what theaters can potentially achieve online.”
- Jean Schiffman | San Francisco Examiner
“intimate” and “innovative”
- Caitlin Keller | The Daily Californian

Join us for a talk-back on Sunday, August 2!

During the show's live run, we hosted post-show talkbacks after every performance, and wanted to extend that opportunity for folks who watch the performance on demand! So, we invite you to join us on Sunday, August 2 at 5 PM (Pacific Time) for a facilitated conversation on The Niceties!

The Niceties begins as an academic debate between a white professor and a Black student. As the play continues the racial divide becomes disturbingly apparent. There are contrasting perspectives on history, on values, on society.

To explore the many layers of the play, we will begin the post show conversations in affinity groups for Black, white, and Non-Black People of Color, and then return to a larger group for share-outs and further discussion. We acknowledge people may identify with more than one group! After the show join the group that most influences your perception of the play. Click here to learn more about affinity groups in racial justice work.

Why affinity groups? Our goal is to offer a community discussion that begins with providing a safer space for each group to speak openly about their experiences, especially for persons of color. Affinity groups are helpful for people who may not feel safe in the larger community because they are in the numerical minority. During affinity group meetings, people can share freely and without inhibition about their experiences. This way, each group can begin a robust, open conversation. Then we will all come back together to share more about our reactions to the play.

You must RSVP to attend, so click below to sign up and receive the Zoom link for the discussion!