First look at FAMILIAR Steppenwolf

He now plays at Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theater and is a well-known comedy of Familiar written by Danai Gurira, star of The Walking Dead, Marvel Studios Black Panther and dramatist Eclipse and The Convert. This premiere in Chicago is directed by Danya Taymor who helped Steppenwolf to produce Pass Over in 2017. Meeting in Minnesota, the Zimbabwe-American family prepares for the wedding of their oldest daughter in this comedy comedy, one of the newest members of Steppenwolf Celeste M. Cooper (Nyasha) alongside a member of the veteran group, Ora Jones (Marvelous Chinyaramwira) as a mother and daughter. Chicago, Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Anne), Erik Hellman (Chris), Lanis Antoine Shelley (Tendikayi), Luigi Sottile (Brad), Jacqueline Williams (Margaret Munyewa) and Cedric Young (Donald Chinyaramwira) join in the show.

Familiar runs until January 13, 2019 at the Downstairs Theater, 1650 N Halsted St. Single tickets ($ 20 – $ 109) are now available through Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or

It's cold in Minnesota and the Zimbabwe-American family is preparing for the wedding of her oldest daughter. When an unexpected guest arrives and the bride surprises the family by insisting on the traditional African ceremony, before the wedding, the stress explodes into a full family dispute. Funny, fast and filled with love, Familiar is a brilliant portrait of a carefully knit family that seeks to preserve its past in building a new future.

Photographic credit: Michael Brosilow

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