Opened: March 22, 2022
Closing: April 10, 2022

Help - 2022 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

The Shed
West 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues New York, NY

The Shed presents the world premiere of *Help*, a new play by acclaimed author and poet Claudia Rankine, directed by Obie Award-winner Taibi Magar.

Derived from Rankine’s deep inquiry and ongoing investigation into white dominance, Help stars April Matthis as the Narrator, a Black woman who recounts Rankine’s real-life conversations with white people that take place in transitional spaces like airports. As the stories unfold through monologues and staged scenarios, Help explores how these conversations can go right, wrong, or raise new questions about our fragile democracy.

Rankine’s body of work, for which she has been awarded MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, crosses lyric poetry and prose essay to navigate questions of race, healthcare, loneliness, and what it means for a life to matter in American society today.

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Help has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2022.



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