Saturday, March 31, 2018

Strand Theater Concludes its 10th Anniversary Season with the Regional Premiere of “Sojourners”

By Mfonso Udofia
Directed by Rosiland Cauthen

WHEN: April 6 - 22 (Preview – April 5), Thurs-Sat at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00pm
: 5426 Harford Rd. Baltimore
TICKETS: General Admission - $20, Student/Senior/Artist - $10

Abasiama came to America with high hopes—for her arranged marriage and for her future. She was intent on earning a degree and returning to Nigeria. But when her husband is seduced by America, she must choose between the Nigerian and the American dream.
Cast : Malcolm Anomnachi, Lauren Dorsey, Destiny Reeder, McKinley Wallace III

About the Playwright
MFONISO UDOFIA, a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.  In January 2016 Playwrights Realm produced the world premiere of Sojourners, the origin story of the Ufot Family Cycle. In Spring 2016, The Magic Theater in San Francisco produced the west coast premiere of Sojourners and the world premiere of the third installation in the Ufot Family Cycle, runboyun, in repertory. New York Theatre Workshop produced the New York City return of Sojourners in Spring 2017, which ran in repertory with the world premiere of Her Portmanteau, which was previously developed in 2015 at the National Black Theatre.

She’s the recipient of the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award and the 2017-2018 McKnight National Residency and Commission at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Her Ufot Cycle play, Her Portmanteau, will be produced [Spring 2018] by Pasadena’s Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize, the Eugene O’Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship, Page73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, New York Theatre Workshop’s 20/50 Fellowship, and Lark Playwrights’ Week. Follow her at @mfudofia or visit