Ngozi Anyanwu will star in the Off-Broadway premiere of her play Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre this October.
A playwright and actor, Anyanwu's screen credits include Limitless, The Affair, and The Deuce; she returns to the lead role of Nkechi in Good Grief after having starred in the world premiere at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
The story of a Nigerian-American girl navigating her childhood home in Pennsylvania’s suburbs, the play is billed as a first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood.
As previously reported, Awoye Timpo, who directed Anyanwu's acclaimed The Homecoming Queen Off-Broadway last season, will direct Good Grief. Previews will begin October 11 ahead of an October 30 opening night.
Joining Anyanwu in the Off-Broadway production will be former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha (Crown Heights) as Bro, Patrice Johnson Chevannes (The Homecoming Queen, The Crucible) as NeNe, Hunter Parrish (Weeds, Godspell, Spring Awakening) as JD, and Ian Quinlan (The Long Road Home, Gotham, Sneaky Pete) as MJ. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
The production will also have scenic design by Jason Ardizzone-West (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar), costume design by Andy Jean (Santa Fe Opera), lighting design by Oona Curley (The Homecoming Queen), and sound design by Daniel Kluger (Marvin's Room).
Anyanwu's other plays include Victory Is Ours and Nike or We Don't Need Another Hero, which was recently workshopped at The New Black Fest.
Tickets and more information are available online at VineyardTheatre.org or by calling the box office at (212) 353-0303.