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. Get Help tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Help is a play 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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Running time: 
90 minutes, no intermission
Claudia Rankine
Taibi Magar
Cast list:
April Matthis, Tina Benko, David Beach, Rory Scholl, Jeremy Webb, Nick Wyman, Michael Gorman, Joseph Medeiros
Help Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 15, 2022
Opening date: 
February 24, 2022
Booking to: 
April 10, 2022
April 10, 2022

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Our Help Review

If there was ever a show that speaks to the current moment, it's Help. Or perhaps speaking the current moment is a better phrasing. It's almost uncanny that Claudia Rankine first premiered the very urgent Help at The Shed in 2020, before history's most seismic racial reckoning erupted across the U.S. and the world. The show feels very much like a product of that reckoning, not least of all... Read more