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Laura Pels Theatre

Award-winning playwright Nathan Alan Davies’ latest intergenerational drama premieres Off-Broadway for a limited season.

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If you could hear first-hand from long-dead family members, what you say to them, and what questions would you want answered? In The Refuge Plays world premiere at Laura Pels Theatre, see how one woman does just that. Award-winning playwright Nathan Alan Davies’ bold re-imagining of the family play is a passionate, funny and thoughtful look at what home means, explored through three generations.

About The Refuge Plays

In the middle of the night, Gail is deep in the woods in southern Illinois. A ghost has just told her that she will die in the next 24 hours.

This is the start of The Refuge Plays, an epic new play that spans 70 years in the history of one Black family. This brand-new take on the classic American intergenerational drama flips the script and asks what it would be like to speak to ancestors who are long gone.

The Refuge Plays Cast and Creatives

The Refuge Plays is written by Nathan Alan Davies. Davies is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize (2021), a Steinberg Playwright Award (2020), and a Whiting Award in Drama (2018), and was awarded an NYTW 2050 Fellowship. His other plays include Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Eternal Life Part 1 and Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea.

The show is directed by Patricia McGregor, the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop. Her extensive credits include acclaimed productions of Ugly Lies the Bone for Roundabout Theatre Company, brownsville song at Lincoln Center Theater, Skeleton Crew at Geffen Playhouse and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure at The Old Globe.

The ensemble cast of The Refuge Plays includes Jessica Frances Dukes as Gail, Ngozi Jane Anyanwu as Joy, Mallori Johnson as Symphony, Nicole Ari Parker as Early, Lance Coadie Williams as Dax, Jerome Preston Bates as Reginald, Jon Michael Hill as Walking Man, Lizan Mitchell as Clydette, Daniel J. Watts as Crazy Eddie and JJ Wynder as Ha-Ha.

Don’t Miss Tickets for The Refuge Plays at Laura Pels Theatre

This ambitious show is a must-see part of the new season at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, and one that makes a classic genre feel fresh and invigorated. Don’t miss the limited season of The Refuge Plays this Fall.

Performance dates:
11 Nov 2023 - 12 Nov 2023
Running time:
3 hours and 15 minutes including an intermission.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 13+

The Refuge Plays Reviews

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Performance date: 10 November 2023

It's 3:30 but the stories are good and entertaining.

Performance date: 27 September 2023

Long show. I found it unnecessarily long.

Performance date: 27 September 2023
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