Tale of Nigerian Woman Explored in Sojourners, Premiering Off-Broadway

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Playwrights Realm will stage the world premiere of Mfoniso Udofia Sojourners in January, about a Nigerian woman's life-changing journey to the U.S.

The Off-Broadway production is helmed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, with performances set to begin Jan. 21, 2016, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Running through Feb. 13, the play will officially open Jan. 28.

"Abasiama came to America with high hopes — for her arranged marriage and for her future — intent on earning a degree and returning to Nigeria," state production notes. "But when her husband is seduced by America, she must choose between the Nigerian and the American dream."

The cast includes Hubert Point-Du Jour, Lakisha Michelle May, Chinasa Ogbuagu and Chinaza Uche.

The design team includes Jason Sherwood (scenic design), Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), Loren Shaw (costume design), Jeremy S. Bloom (sound design), Stefano Brancato (puppet design/direction) and Samantha Shoffner (props design). Kara Kaufman is the production stage manager and Ed Herman is the assistant stage manager.

Sojourners is part of The Playwrights Realm’s Page One Program, which supports early-career playwrights and has awarded Udofia with a one-year residency. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting TicketCentral.com, by calling (212) 279-4200, or by visiting the Ticket Central box office at 416 W. 42nd St.

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