Oberon K.A. Adjepong will reunite with playwright and actor Ngozi Anyanwu in the Off-Broadway premiere of Anyanwu's play Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre this fall. Adjepong, who was last seen Off-Broadway in Anyanwu's The Homecoming Queen, will play Papa.
Also new to the cast is Lisa Ramirez (To the Bone, Exit Cuckoo), who will play MJ's Mom/Neighbor.
The story of a Nigerian-American girl navigating her childhood home in Pennsylvania’s suburbs, Good Grief is a first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood. As previously announced, Anyanwu will star in the leading role Nkechi.
Performances will begin October 11 ahead of an October 30 opening night.
Awoye Timpo, who helmed The Homecoming Queen, directs a cast that also includes 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.
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.
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.
The production will 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). David Anzuelo serves as fight director.
Tickets and more information are available online at VineyardTheatre.org or by calling the box office at (212) 353-0303.