world premiere by Seth Rozin
Produced by the Phoenix Theatre
Opened July 2017
Alan Friedman, a renowned professor, has come back from Sierra Leone with some surprising research on female circumcision. After students protest the controversial results, the college’s African American dean, Michaela Richards, questions whether Alan, as a white male, could have gathered accurate data. Turning western perceptions on their heads, Human Rites provides keen insight into academia and cultural divides.
Indianapolis Business Journal: “At the Phoenix, it’s blessed not only with a terrific trio of performers but also with direction by Chicago-based Lavina Jadhwani, who never lets the tension dissipate while also understanding the need for breathing room… it’s intensely intimate but also surprisingly funny (in appropriately human ways), closing out the Phoenix season with one of the year’s most wholly satisfying theatrical productions.”
BroadwayWorld Indianapolis: “HUMAN RITES is a fast-paced and riveting invitation to see how deeply perception dictates our reality. Be prepared to have your own eyes opened, your own pre-conceived notions debunked, and your head left spinning… Overall, I would put this easily in the top 5 shows I have ever seen.”
Plays with John and Wendy: “The new drama, “Human Rites,” by Seth Rozin, under renowned Chicago director Lavina Jadhwani, hits particularly sensitive subjects in today’s global culture – including how truly ‘global’ a perspective can be.”
Featuring Paeton Chavis, Rob Johansen, and Milicent Wright.
Photos by Zach Rosing.