The Niceties (2019)

Aug 2 - Aug 11 | Ruth Caplin Theater

by Eleanor Burgess


The Heritage Theatre Festival’s 45th Anniversary season concluded with The Niceties, an incisive, thought-provoking play by Eleanor Burgess. When Zoe, an African-American student, meets with her white professor to discuss a paper about slavery’s role in the American Revolution, what begins as a polite conversation turns into a powder keg of race, history, and power that fundamentally changes both women. The Washington Post called The Niceties “…a barnburner of a play!” and “one of the best plays I’ve seen about who gets to tell our story and how.”   Wales agrees: “Who has told, is telling and will tell our story as a country and as a community? This is a prescient piece as we continue in our efforts to build bridges and to explore the ways in which we talk to one another, and more importantly, how we listen to one another.” Just as it did with last season’s The Mountaintop, Heritage hosted community conversations following each performance of The Niceties.


Kathryn Hunter-Williams


Kyu Shin

Scenic Designer

Sarah Bryan

Costume Shop Manager and Designer

Latrice Lovett

Lighting Designer

Michael Rasbury

Sound Designer

Marianne Kubik

Movement and Fight Coach

Morgan Jordan

Production Stage Manager


Nikyla Boxley

Zoe Reed

Christine Morris

Janine Bosco