Well Made Productions

Beneatha’s Place

PREMIERED 2018

In the second part of this triptych about the Younger family, we see daughter Beneatha swapping America for Nigeria. When the struggle for independence has dramatic consequences for her husband and her child, she is forced to redefine her place in the world. Fifty years later, she returns to the ill-fated place of her time. Once again, she is confronted with her loss, and with the legacy of a combative life.

Beneatha’s Place is a performance about the future, ambition and the loss of your great love. About finding your place in a divided world and about the history you carry with you. A performance that does not shy away from the black and white question but embraces and challenges it. This second part of the trilogy about black identity in a white world makes the personal political and politics personal.

Press

Well Made Productions dares to start discussions that few dare to have, which is refreshing. From racial quotas to white privileges, no taboo remains unmentioned in Beneatha’s Place. Read more…

Theaterkrant ★★★★☆

Beneatha’s Place is a hopeful “black play” about racism then and now. Read more…

de Volkskrant ★★★☆☆

In a way, however, Beneatha’s Place makes a sad impression, despite the often-hilarious scenes and the occasionally whirlwind style of playing. Read more…

NRC ★★★★☆

Surprisingly, despite this undramatic theme, the audience continues to sympathize. Snapping from white to black and a sharp response evokes audible recognition as well as pleasure. Read more…

Trouw ★★★☆☆

CAST

Joy Wielkens as Alayo-Beneatha Asagai Funmilayo / Dean Beneatha Asagai Younger
Fockeline Ouwerkerk as Joan Nelson / Doctor Harriët Banks
Jetty Mathurin as Aunt Fola
Boris van der Ham as Daniel Barnes / Professor Gary Jacobs
Mandela Wee Wee as Wale Oguns / Joseph Asagai Funmilayo
Yorick Zwart as Peter Nelson / Professor Mark Bond

CREW

Text Kwame Kwei-Armah
Direction Teunkie van der Sluijs
Translation Esther Duysker
Dramaturgy Karim Ameur
Direction assistant Nina Haanappel and Frédérique Donker

Sound design Ata Güner
Lighting design Floriaan Ganzevoort
Decor design Niek Kortekaas and Sjoerd Kortekaas
Decor building Man met de Hamer
Costumes Sjoerd Kortekaas and Marianne Noorlander
Technique Noud Nijssen and René Botman
Executive production Barbara Reijs
Production Ass. and Tour Reana Oppier (ProductieCollectief)

Publicity Frédérique Donker and Peggy Gemerts
Graphic design Design Guys
Photography Dustin Thierry

Production Well Made Productions
Co-production Likeminds and Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam

Funds

Stichting Melanie, VSB Fonds, Lira fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, AFK, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Performing Arts Fund NL, BNG Cultuurfonds, FONDS21

Photo: Dustin Thierry

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