Plays by Danai Gurira

In the Continuum

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

In the Continuum (2005), by Nikkole Salter and Danai Gurira, provides a minimalist, yet profound exploration of the interconnectedness between the United States and Africa. The play stages the lives of two women who, although continents apart, with one in Zimbabwe and the other in Los Angeles, share the same life-altering event: their respective male partners have infected them with HIV.

Through intersecting scenes, In the Continuum depicts the particular sociocultural and gender dynamics that these women must endure as they confront the new knowledge of their infections. Even as these women live in distinct sociopolitical and economic environments, they are both ‘in the continuum', attempting to survive and make sense of a world in which everything, and yet nothing, has changed.

In innovative and haunting ways, Salter and Gurira show how disease and prejudice know no geographical, class, ethnic, or personal boundaries.

In the Continuum received its World Premiere in September 2005 at Primary Stages in New York City.

Danai Gurira is a playwright and actor. Her plays include Eclipsed, which received premiere productions at the Wooly Mammoth, Center Theater Group and Yale Repertory Theater. It recently won Best New play at the 2010 Helen Hayes Awards as well as Danai winning Best Playwright at the NAACP Theater Awards in August 2010. She co-created and performed in the award-winning two woman play In the Continuum, which premiered off-Broadway and toured the U.S. and Southern Africa. For her work on that production, Danai won a 2006 Obie Award, the 2006 Outer Critics John Gassner Award, and the 2004 Global Tolerance' Award (Friends of the United Nations), in addition to being honored by the Theatre Hall of Fame. Gurira is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. She is also a commissioned playwright with Yale Rep. She received her MFA in Acting from Tisch, NYU. Danai Gurira was born in the U.S. to Zimbabwean parents and raised in Zimbabwe. She lives in New York City.