"The Half-God of Rainfall - by Inua Ellams - American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, MA.)

American Repertory Theater

Presents Inua Ellams' 


North American-Premiere Play!  

Written by Inua Ellams 

Directed by Taibi Magar 

Movement Direction by Orlando Pabotoy 

Produced in partnership with New York Theatre Workshop   

Cast Includes: Jason Bowen as “Sàngó”; Kelley Curran as “Hera”; Mister Fitzgerald as “Demi”; Patrice Johnson Chevannes as “Osún”; Russell G. Jones as “Elegba” Michael Laurence as “Zeus”; Jennifer Mogbock as “Modúpé”

Additional Creative Team:

Scenic Design - Riccardo Hernández; Costume Design - Linda Cho; Lighting Design - Stacey Derosier; Sound Design - Mikaal Sulaiman; Projection Design - Tal Yarden; Orisha Movement Consulting/Choreography - Beatrice Capote; Intimacy Director - Ann James; Voice & Dialect Director - Dawn-Elin Fraser; Dramaturg - Iyvon E.; Production Stage Manager - Caroline Englander; Casting - The Telsey Office / Destiny Lilly, CSA


September 8, 2023 through September 24, 2023 

(Contact Box Office for Exact Times)

The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University  (A.R.T.)

Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Throughout 2023/24, A.R.T. will:

  • Partner with the Harvard Office for Gender Equity to be in dialogue around the themes of A.R.T.’S  programming and evolve A.R.T.’s organizational culture;
  • Continue to develop Essential Questions that will drive artistic exploration and audience engagement opportunities around each production;
  • Continue to collaborate with Artists for Humanity, a Boston-based non-profit that provides teens the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design, engaging AFH teens to create art inspired by the Essential Questions
  • Offer the public opportunities to engage with new works in development, including an October reading of "The Odyssey" by Kate Hamill (Sense & Sensibility). Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additional programming and initiatives will be announced at a later date. 

Season support is provided by Harvard University, The Barr Foundation, The Bob and Alison Murchison New Work Development Fund, The Shubert Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Barton & Guestier, and Meyer Sound.


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★★★★ “Striking.” — The Guardian 

When Demi - half Greek god, half Nigerian mortal - takes his first shot on a basketball court, the deities of the land wake up. 

But as Demi’s skills propel him from his village in South West Nigeria to the NBA playoffs and the London Olympics, Zeus gets jealous of his game. 

From award-winning playwright and poet Inua Ellams ("Barber Shop Chronicles") comes the new epic  “THE HALF-GOD OF RAINFALL” fusing Greek mythology and Yoruba spirituality, in which mothers, daughters, and goddesses rise up against the entitled lord of Mount Olympus. 

“THE HALF-GOD OF RAINFALL” is produced in partnership with New York Theatre Workshop and is directed by Taibi Magar ("Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992"; "Macbeth In Stride"; "We Live in Cairo").



The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of theater, always including the audience as a partner. 


We focus on the research and development of groundbreaking theatrical experiences that catalyze dialogue and transformation. We believe that by engaging our hearts, minds, and bodies, theater has the power to heal and imagine collective pathways forward. We commit to advancing public health in our practice and our programming, recognizing that racism in America is a national public health crisis. Our new home in Allston will be a breathable and healthy building envisioned as a town hall for the twenty-first century. Inspired by the model of a teaching hospital, the building will be a vibrant center for research, experiential pedagogy, and performance. We build community with our audiences, artists, students, staff, and neighbors across Greater Boston, embracing theater’s power to cultivate the full breadth and beauty of our shared humanity. We affirm and celebrate a multitude of perspectives and experiences that reflect the diversity of our country and world. We are dedicated to making a welcoming and accessible space for people of any identity, background, or ability. 


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We center anti-racism

Habituate anti-racist practices in our policies, structure, and culture

We lead with inquiry

Ask questions in a spirit of brave curiosity in our never-ending journey of learning and growth

We believe in collaboration

Work together with trust and respect to unlock collective creativity

We practice adaptability

Challenge assumptions and create capacity to support “next” practices

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American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)

Loeb Drama Center

64 Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone # 617-547-8300

WEBSITE: www.americanrepertorytheater.org