Playwright Mfoniso Udofia returns to New York Theatre Workshop this fall with the Off-Broadway premieres of runboyrun and In Old Age, two chapters from her nine-part saga, The Ufot Cycle (Sojourners and Her Portmanteau from the cycle were seen at NYTW in 2017). The two dramas will be performed as a single evening of work, beginning September 4 ahead of a September 24 opening.
In runboyrun, which is directed by Loretta Greco (The Story), Disciple Ufot and Abasiama Ufot have been living the same day over and over again for decades until the dam breaks and time rushes forward while also reeling backwards. They must uncover years of memories and cross great distances to find each other and unearth the roots of their marriage. In Old Age, directed by Awoye Timpo (Good Grief), we follow Abasiama far into the future as she learns the true nature of love just as life takes a new turn.
Leading the cast as Abasiama in both plays will be Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Mies Julie). The company of runboyrun will feature Karl Green (Eve’s Song) as Boy, Chiké Johnson (A Time to Kill) as Disciple Ufot, Adrianna K. Mitchell (Romeo and Juliet) as Sister, Adesola Osakalumi (Fela!) as Ben Gun, and Zenzi Williams (Lockdown) as Mother.
The cast for In Old Age also includes Ron Canada (Network) as Azell Abernathy.
Both productions will feature scenic design by Andrew Boyce (Plot Points in Our Sexual Development), costumes by Karen Perry (Jazz), lighting by Oona Curley (Rinse, Repeat), sound design by David Van Tieghem (Burn This), and hair and wig design by J. Jared Janas (Yours Unfaithfully). Jerome Butler (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind) will serve as dialect coach and Katherine Kovner (Crane Story) will serve as dramaturg, with Caroline Englander (Sense and Sensibility) serving as stage manager.
The double bill is scheduled to run through October 13.