The drama will launch MCC Theater's new season October 21.
Jocelyn Bioh's Nollywood Dreams, which will launch MCC Theater's 2021–2022 season, will reunite the entire cast from the 2020 MCC production that was postponed due to the pandemic.
Directed by Saheem Ali (Fires in The Mirror), the production will begin October 21 at the Newman Mills Theater prior to an official opening November 11. The new work from Burnt Umber Playwright-in-Residence Bioh (School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play) is scheduled to run through November 28.
The cast will include Abena (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play), Charlie Hudson III (A Raisin in the Sun), Nana Mensah (Man from Nebraska), Sandra Okuboyejo (Hamilton), Ade Otukoya (Gem of the Ocean), and Emana Rachelle (In the Name Of).
The play is set in the 1990s in Lagos, Nigeria, as the Nollywood film industry is exploding. Ayamma, who works at her parents’ travel agency alongside her sister Dede, lands an audition for a new film and comes head-to-head with director Gbenga Ezie’s former leading lady.
“Nothing thrills me more than to be reuniting with the Nollywood Dreams cast and finally getting the chance to share this play with the world,” said Bioh. “Being the first show back at MCC is an honor, and we promise to fill the theatre with laughter and pure joy.”
Nollywood Dreams will also feature scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by David Weiner and Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, projection design by Alex Basco Koch, and hair and wig design by Nikiya Mathis. Dawn-Elin Fraser is the dialect coach, and Alyssa K Howard is the production stage manager.