The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess

In this riveting two-person drama Zoe, a biracial student, and Janine, her white professor, meet to discuss their differing views on Zoe’s paper about slavery and the American Revolution. This polite clash of ideas soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, privilege, and social justice.

Quick Info

  • Run Time: TBD. Please check back closer to the start of the show.
  • Location: 25 Forest Ave, Portland ME
  • Dates: April 3 - 22, 2018
  • Price: Previews $25-$45; Sat 8pm $29-$49; Wed, Thu, Fri $33-$53; Sat & Sun Matinee $38-$58. Discounts for Seniors, Students, Rush35 and Groups.


Eleanor Burgess

Eleanor Burgess‘ plays include The Niceties, Start Down, Chill, and These Dying Generations. Her work has been developed or produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Centenary Stage Company, the Lark Play Development Center, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, Everyday Inferno, Ryder Farm and Luna Stage. She’s been the recipient of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award, an EST/Sloan commission, a Keen Teens Commission, and the Susan Glaspell Award for Women Playwrights. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, studied history at Yale College, and recently completed the M.F.A in Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch.