Family matriarch Gloria has died, and her family gathers for the traditional Jamaican Nine Night, a multi-day celebration (and endurance test) full of food, revelry, and a nonstop parade of mourners. Natasha Gordon’s debut play—a popular triumph in its 2018 National Theatre premiere and subsequent West End run—explores the tensions of inhabiting two cultures, the inescapable bonds of family, and the many layers of grief in an “exuberantly funny” (The Guardian) and profoundly relatable story of the ties that bind. Raved The Guardian’s Michael Billington, “Playwrighting debuts don’t come much better than this.”
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Celebrating Life in Death: A Round House Discussion
Saturday, October 8 following the 2:00pm performance
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In Nine Night, we witness a Jamaican-British family’s celebration of the life of their recently departed matriarch, in a traditional Jamaican “nine night” wake. How else do human beings approach death as a site of celebration—or even joy—rather than simply sorrow and grief? Join us and a group of wide-ranging experts for a discussion on finding peace and comfort during moments of challenging transition.
-Willard Jenkins, Artistic Director of DC Jazz Festival
-Chris Haws, Psychologist and Grief Counselor
-Duane Hills, President of Joseph Gawler’s Sons and Funeral Director