by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
16 August 2019 – 5 October 2019
‘Exhilarating. Both gravely serious and mordantly funny’
‘Spookily tense; a lacerating portrait of a family with skeletons in the closet’
‘An audacious, vivdly atmospheric tour de force. Dolan is terrific’
So I thought, since we can’t do Europe this summer, why don’t the kids and I just do a little Southern History road trip? We’re going to drive back home through Mississippi, Louisiana – all those places – experience some of Daddy’s heritage.
The Lafayette family gather at their late father’s home in Arkansas to bury the hatchet and prepare the former plantation for its Estate Sale.
Until, that is, they make a discovery which changes everything.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins takes on the rich tradition of American family drama in his gripping play about ghosts and the legacies we are left with. Ola Ince directs APPROPRIATE in its UK premiere at the Donmar.
During the rehearsal process for each production at the Donmar, experts come into our rehearsal room to speak to the company about some of the context behind the play. For our Appropriate podcast series, we will be sharing excerpts from these longer conversations.
in order of appearance
Franz Lafayette EDWARD HOGG
River Rayner TAFLINE STEEN
Rhys Thurston CHARLES FURNESS
Toni Lafayette MONICA DOLAN
Rachael Kramer-Lafayette JAIMI BARBAKOFF
Ainsley Kramer-Lafayette ORLANDO RODDY, OLIVER SAVELL
Bo Lafayette STEVEN MACKINTOSH
Cassidy Kramer-Lafayette ISABELLA PAPPAS
The Stranger ED THORN
Director OLA INCE
Designer FLY DAVIS
Lighting Designer ANNA WATSON
Sound Designer DONATO WHARTON
Fight Director BRET YOUNT
Casting Director JULIA HORAN CDG
Rehearsal and Production Photography MARC BRENNER
This production began at the Donmar Warehouse on 16 August 2019. New York Premiere originally produced by Signature Theatre, New York City
– James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director
– Erika Mallin, Executive Director
World premiere production in the 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theater of Louisville and at the Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL
– Chay Yew, Artistic Director/Chris Mannelli, Interim Managing Director.
Recipient of the Sundance Institute Tennessee Williams Award, Appropriate was developed, in part, at the 2011 Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at UCross Foundation and at the 2012 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort with the Sundance Institute | Time Warner Fellowship Program.
Appropriate was developed, in part, at Vineyard Arts Project
– Ashley Melone, Founder and Artistic Director.