October 20, 2022   by New York Theatre Workshop

Today, we’re excited to announce NYTW Usual Suspect and Obie Award winner Taibi Magar as the director of Hay Festival Medal for Poetry winner Inua EllamsThe Half-God of Rainfall, coming later this season!

Taibi Magar was recently named the Co-Artistic Director of Philadelphia Theatre Company. As a freelance director, her most recent credits are Help (The Shed) and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Signature Theatre, Lortel Award). Other NY credits include Capsule by Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall (Under the Radar Festival/The Public Theater, co-directed with Tyler Dobrowsky); Blue Ridge starring Marin Ireland and The Great Leap starring BD Wong (Atlantic Theater Company); Is God Is (Soho Rep, 2018 Obie Award); Master (The Foundry, NYT Critics Pick); and Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, NYT Critics Pick). She also premiered the new musicals Macbeth In Stride and We Live In Cairo at A.R.T. Boston. Regional: CTG, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Alley Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre, among others. International: Hamburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne), and Soho Theatre (London). Other: She is the recipient of a Stephen Sondheim Fellowship, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Fellowship, Public Theater Shakespeare Fellowship, and TFANA Actors and Director Project Fellowship. Taibi is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a NYTW Usual Suspect. She received an Obie Award in 2018 and the SDC Breakout Award in 2019.

Performance schedule, casting and the full creative team will be announced at a later date.

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THE HALF-GOD OF RAINFALL

When Demi, the half Nigerian-mortal, half Greek-god, is angry, rain clouds gather. When he cries, rivers burst their banks. And the first time he takes a shot on a basketball court, the deities of the land wake up.

From award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams comes a new myth that spans continents and millennia. The Half-God of Rainfall is a contemporary epic that weaves poetry and storytelling in a majestic journey that transports us from a tiny village in South West Nigeria to an NBA arena in the United States to the hallowed halls of Mount Olympus, where the mothers, daughters and goddesses take a stand against the fragile, furious and entitled gods.

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Categories: 2022-23 Season. Tags: Inua Ellams and Taibi Magar.