“Mfoniso Udofia is a first-generation
Nigerian-American playwright with
a lot on her mind and a seriously
compelling storytelling gift”
by Mfoniso Udofia
Directed by Victor Malana Maog
February 15–March 31, 2019
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
1127 Market Street, San Francisco
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Please note: There is no late seating for this production. Please allow enough time to be seated before the performance begins.
From an extraordinary new voice in American theater comes this taut and achingly poignant drama exploring the multigenerational bonds of a Nigerian family living in the United States.
Traveling from Lagos to visit her mother and American-born sister for the first time in two decades, thirtysomething Iniabasi arrives to a snowy landscape, and even chillier truths inside a small Manhattan apartment. As Nigerian traditions clash with American realities, the family is forced to confront its literal and emotional baggage and its painful legacies across language, continents, and cultures.
Playwright Mfoniso Udofia, a graduate of A.C.T.’s M.F.A. Program, won acclaim in New York—now A.C.T. joins with Magic Theatre, to each present one, independent chapter from Udofia’s sweeping nine-part saga about a family of Nigerian immigrants and their American-born children. Pulsing with humor and heartache, this tender and hopeful window into an evolving family is “a reminder that most Americans share a common origin story” (The New York Times).