The Convert performs its last week in Cambridge


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Quality theater is right around your corner in Central Square.

NeighborMedia is always interested in the arts and supporting voices not necessarily always heard in the city of Cambridge. February boasts wonderful performances, especially in theater arts. And while there have been numerous choices, and you cannot support them all, you still have time to catch a glimpse of quality local theater before this month is over. One such amazing theater presentation is The Convert a play by actor/playwright Danai Gurira. Many may know her from the TV series, “The Walking Dead”  She plays the character Mishonne. When Danai is not on the TV screen and acting she is an accomplished playwright with her works on New York Broadway stages.

The Convert takes place in the year 1895 on the continent of Africa in the country formerly named Rhodesia, now present day Zimbabwe. The Convert tells the story of Ester, a person who escapes a pre-arranged marriage by converting from her family faith to Christianity.  Lead protagonist Ester faces an inner conflict choosing between her family’s faith or newfound faith at the same time her country grapples with its own set of struggles of post-colonialism and emerging identity. I had the good fortune of sitting down with both an actor and director from the play The Convert a few days ago.

Megan Sandberg-Zakian has been directing plays at Central Square Theater’s Underground Railway Theater for a number of years. She received a TCG’s Future Leaders Grant, which gave her some of her first exposure to Cambridge and the Central Square Theater.  While she is presently not directly affiliated with the Underground Railway Theater on a full-time basis, she is and has been a strong supporter of local playwrights and stimulating theater. Below is a video excerpt of our interview.

Nehassaiu deGannes portrays the character Prudence in The Convert. Nehassaiu has a local connection to the New England area. She has a graduate degree, MFA, from Rhode Island’s Brown University as well as Trinity Rep Conservatory. She has performed both nationally and internationally, worked alongside very well known actors and has received numerous performance awards. In addition to her work on stage, Nehassaiu is an accomplished poet and writer. Below is a video excerpt of our interview.

It was indeed a pleasure to sit down with both Megan and Nehassaiu.  I am very grateful to the Central Square Theater’s Nick Peterson for arranging the opportunity and supporting quality expression in my very own city. To find out more about Central Square Theater, click here: To find out more about the remaining The Convert shows, click here: To view or hear the full interview, click here:

- Maurice