The Shed has set the next show in its theatre season. Misty, a new play written and performed by Nigerian British theatre artist Arinzé Kene, will play a limited engagement from March 3 to April 2, with opening night on March 9. Misty is about the gentrification of London, told from the perspective of the people it affects with poetry, song, and spoken word. Kene discusses the pressures and identity politics he has to grapple with while writing a new play, all as his city is changing around him....
Fusing live music, spoken word, and absurdist comedy, Misty is an exhilarating journey through a city in flux, transporting audiences to the streets of gentrifying London in an exploration of the pressures and expectations that come with being an artist in our time.
In a performance that is part poem, part concert, part confession, Olivier Award–nominee Arinzé Kene self-consciously wrestles with cultural representation and identity politics as they pertain to a new play he has been commissioned to write. Most recently seen as Bob Marley in the smash-hit West End musical Get Up Stand Up!, Kene is now making his US stage debut with this riveting production directed by Omar Elerian. This riveting production is accompanied by a pulsating original score composed by Kene, Shiloh Coke, and Adrian McLeod, and performed by a live band featuring co-musical directors Liam Godwin (keys/synth) and Nadine Lee (drums/bass).
When it premiered at London’s Bush Theatre, Misty was hailed as “one of the great theater success stories of 2018” (The Guardian) and “a tour de force by a force of nature” (The Upcoming) before it transferred to the West End—making Kene only the second Black British playwright to have a play produced in the West End—and garnered 2019 Olivier Award nominations for Best New Play and Best Actor.
2 hrs. (including a 15 minute intermission)
March 3rd, 2023
April 2nd, 2023
The Griffin Theater at The Shed
Cast and creative
By: Arinzé Kene
Director: Omar Elerian
Cast list: Arinzé Kene
Design: Rajha Shakiry
Costumes: Rajha Shakiry
Lighting: Jackie Shemesh
Sound: Elena Peña
Other info: Video design by Daniel Denton