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SoulPROductions has been instrumental in fostering the growth of young, talented NYC artists. I personally could not have gotten this far without SoulPROductions' support. They believed in the work first and they nurtured the talent. To be believed in, is a crucial step in development. To be challenged is the next. SoulPROductions provided both. Remember that they are always looking out for fresh new talent so take a gander here and feel your SoulRise!

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Fall 2014

Workshop Production of a new Ufot Cycle Play commissioned by the National Black Theater.

Fall 2014

Mfoniso will be a resident writer with OMI International Art Center!

June 2014 (TBA)

runboyrun will be read as part of terraNOVA Collective' Groundworks Series; directed by Awoye Timpo.

June 16, 2014

SOJOURNERS will be read as part of Magic Theatre's Virgn Play Series; directed by Ryan Purcell. More info TBA.

Summer 2014

Mfoniso will be a resident writer with The Working Farm (Spaces on Ryder Farm)

January-June 2014

Mfoniso is a resident writer with terraNOVAs Groundbreakers Writers Lab

March 27 & 28, 2014

American Nightcap presents:

Punch Drunk: plays on violence by Kara Lee Corthron, Teddy Nicholas, Mfoniso Udofia, Ilana Peña and Jaime Wright.

Udofia's play, insideOUTSIDE, is the story of Black bodies residing in New York's backyard.....Newark, NJ. Featuring Celli Pitt and Alex Ubokudom. Directed by Axel Avin Jr.

Intar Theatre

500 W. 52 Street

11pm

$10

Fall 2013- Spring 2014

Makehose Sponsoed Artst. Mfoniso will be a resident artst with Makehose receiving supprt to compete hr play, ruboyrun.

Summer 2013

Mfoniso will be working with Page73 & attending their Summer Residency at Yale..

Summer 2013

Mfoniso's play, Sojourners, is headed to the Sundance Theatre Lab and will be directed by Jo Bonney.

June 23, 2013

Come out and see the short play, Walking Out. This play will be presented as part of the Working Theater's Directors Salon.

Director: TBA

Featuring Playwrights: Keith Josef Adkins, Chad Beckim, Michael Lew, Halley Feiffer, Cándido Tirado, Mfoniso Udofia, and Alladin Ullah

Working Directors Salon

7pm

June Havoc Theatre

312 W 36th St

May 14, 2013

Come out and see the second play in the series! Playwrights Realm will be producing the first public reading of, Sojourners, in their annual INK'd Festival!

Directed by: Victor Maog

Featuring: Maechi Aharanwa, Segun Akande, Sekou Laidlow and Lakisha May

INK'd Festival

The Studio Theatre

The Pershing Square Signature Center

480 West 42nd Street

7pm

May 1, 2013

Come out and see the third play in the series! Rising Circle's INKTank will be producing the first public reading of, runboyrun!

Directed by: Erin Michelle Washington

Featuring: Maechi Aharanwa, Ebbe Bassey, Khadim Diop, Chris Ekawu, P.J. Johnnie, Jadele McPherson, Keith Oliver and Maduka Steady

520 8th Avenue

ART/NY

3rd Floor

7:30pm

April 5, 2013

Come out and see Mfoniso give a lecture at the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association's Inaugural Conference presented at Harvard College. The conference centers on" African and Diasporic Religions: Divine Space and Sacred

Feauturing: Maya James, Jadele McPherson, Mfoniso Udofia and Lukumi Arts

Harvard University | Boylston Hall - Fong Auditorium

9-5pm

October 11, 2012

Ms. Udofia is a New Black Fest Fellow! With this award she will workshop her 2nd trilogy play, Sojourners, and it will be presented in The New Black Fest's Fall Festival!

Directed by: Anton Floyd

Featuring: Itohan Aghayere, Axel Avin Jr., Lakisha May and Erwin E.A. Thomas

Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Avenue,

Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

7pm.

Admission FREE.

Check back for info about RSVPing

August 7, 2012

Culture Project: IMPACT 2012,

Play-in-a-Day: The War on Women

12 Playwrights, 12 Directors and a slew of actors write, rehearse and perform new plays!

Featuring Mfoniso Udofia and her new play "Return Home"

45 Bleecker Street, New York, New York 10012

7pm/ pay what you can

August 4, 2012

Museum of the African Diaspora's Artist Initiative

San Francisco, CA

Presents The Grove

Information: MoAD Salon 2nd Floor, 5pm

Produced by : Soul Productions (Erin Washington)/ Itoro Udofia

Dramaturgy: Kevin Becerra

Directed By/Playwright: Mfoniso Udofia

Featuring: Omoze Idehenre, Michael Asberry, Clara Kamunde, Anna Ishida, Aaron Moreland, Chelsea Lyons, Marcus Henderson and Tyee Tilghman

Check out this interview done by the MoAd youth!

June 18, 2012

THE ACTRESS AT WORK

featuring

Lynette R Freeman in

Christopher Hampton's LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

Directed by: Mfoniso Udofia

with

Amen Igbinosun, Axel Alvin Jr., Heather Alicia Simms, Lakisha May, Myxolydia Tyler, Nahassaiu Desgainnes, Saycon Sengbloh, Segun Akande and more to come

7pm, Monday June 18, 2012

Poet's Den Theater

309 East 108th Street (near 2nd Avenue)

June17, 2012

LITERARY P(ARTS) NO. 2

Guest Graphics Writer: Jinjin Sun

Playwrights: Mia Chung, Sarah Einspanier, Shaun Neblett, & Christin Siems

Actors: Michael Propster, Mfoniso Udofia, Lesley Shires, Micah Stock, Tiffany Nichole Greene, David Hudson, Jiehae Park, Ian Axness, John Stanesco, Domenica Fossati and Kaitlyn Raitz

Composer: Lucas Segall

direction by Vichet Chum & Jenna Panther

Sunday, June 17th, 2012, 8:00 pm $10 at the door

BILLY & COMPANY (billy & CO.) is proud to present its second installment of LITERARY P(ARTS): Literary P(Arts) no. 2.

Literary P(Arts) re-imagines the literary salon as a multi-disciplinary reading that pools together a guest writer, playwrights, and a composer to create vibrant new work, which is then premiered for an audience in North Brooklyn.

updates!

June 11,12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2012

Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity’s Yes Ambassadors 2012 Presents:

LILYVINE

By: Mfoniso Udofia

Where: Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Birmingham, AL 35023

Time: 10AM

The JJCEO Yes Ambassadors is a theatrical troupe that performs socially-enlightening messages for the community. LILYVINE focuses on how we as a culture discriminate and divide ourselves into the have and have-nots of society. This edgy play examines the possibilities of what would happen if a town were run by kids. There will be acting, singing and dancing.

Reasd this amazing article about the JJCEO program and LILYVINE

May 17-20, 2012

MAKEHOUSE Writer's Retreast.

Ms. Udofia was accepted into and will attend the MAKEHOUSE Retreat at the Junek Family Lakehouse. While there she will take an intensive looks at, Sojourners, the 2nd play in The Ufot Family Trilogy

May17-20, 2012

Forgotten Roots Theatre

featuring, hunger, by Mfoniso Udofia

First Annual 10 Minute Play Festival

THE RUBY at THE COMPLEX

6476 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038

Thursday-Sunday

Doors open at 7:30 PM

$10 General Admission

May 18, 2012

Come on out for a Sneak Peek of:

UNHEARD VOICES

7PM

The Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center

3940 Broadway @ 165th Street (

Suggested Donation: $10.00 (cash)

featuring:

Obie Award Winner, Nilaja Sun with Aramide Ferguson, Larry Floyd, Lynnette Freeman, Shane Taylor, and Shayshahn Taylor

directed by Melissa Maxwell

Excerpts of writings by:

Keith Adkins, Dennis Allen II, Joshua Allen, Radha Blank, Michael Bradford, Kara Corthron, Kia Corthron, Herman Farrell III, Cassandra Medley, Yusef Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Glen Gordon Nsangou, PetroniaPaley, Harrison Rivers, Nikkole Salter, Judy Tate, Cori Thomas, Mfoniso Udofia and Shawn René Graham (dramaturge)

March 30, 2012

New Georges Trunk Show:

Where our innovative and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk.

Cornelia Street Cafe

29 Cornelia Street

Friday, March 30, 2012.

6:00pm until 7:00pm.

15 bucks for a ticket and a drink!

Featuring the works of:

LaShea Delaney & Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Mary Elizabeth Hamilton

Judith Greentree

&

Mfoniso Udofia & Julie Kramer

March 25, 2012

Women Center Stage and The Culture Project- WCS Festival Present:

The 1st Generation Nigeria Project

Written and Performed by Jennifer Adaku Akabue, Ngozi Anyanwu, Joy Notoma, Yvonne Orji, and Mfoniso Udofia

Directed by John Gould Rubin

Created by 5 Nigerian-American writer/performers, this collaborative work-in-progress tells a quintessentially American story—that of the immigrant—from the unique perspective of 21st century women. Born out of true stories and rich conversation, the artists wrestle with their joint tugs of loyalty, identity, and culture as Africans and Americans through storytelling, song, dance and multimedia.

Kamilah Forbes, Dramaturg

Jennifer Adaku Akabue, Choreographer

Ngozi Anyanwu, Artistic Director

Erin Cherry, Executive Director

Jeremy T. King, Kaleta, Ola Ogunkoya, Drummers

Chinyere J. Anyanwu, Marketing Producer

Sunday, March 25 at 7pm

The Living Theatre

21 Clinton Street

March 22, 2012

InkSlingers and The New Black Fest Present:

[untitled]

Featuring work by:

Kevin R. Free, Glenn Gordon, Dominique Morisseau, Greg Tate, and Mfoniso Udofia!

Where: Happy Ending

302 Broome Street (between Forsyth and Eldridge)

Doors open at 7:30

[untitled] is a series dedicated to the start of things. Those murky moments where a play, song, or story takes hold of you and says "write me". The fourth Thursday of every month InkSlingers takes over Happy Ending from 8-10 and gives you an inside look at the creative process. Five artists will present their own work in their own voices.

February 13, 2012

The Standard Collective Presents:

A public reading of The Grove

Written by Mfoniso Udofia

Directed by Erin Daley

February 13th, 2012

8 PM

Shetler Studios

244 West 54th Street 12th Floor

Featuring:

Willie Teacher, Dawn-Elin Fraser, Maechi Aharanwa, Nikiya Mathis, Segun Akande, Erwin E.A. Thomas, Marissa Duchowny, Patrick Mitchell and Frank Ugochukwu

Come join us as we share this exciting new work. Their will be a pre-show wine and cheese reception starting at 7:30 PM to kick things off and a talk back with the writer, director and cast afterwards. The cost is FREE, but donations are always accepted to help support our programs.

August 14, 2011

Reading of Hunger

Harlem9 presents 48 hours in Harlem

Harlem School of the Arts

645 St. Nicholas Avenue

New York, NY

6 playwrights are offered 6 classic, provocative plays. They are challenged to re-conceive these classics into a ten-minute format. 6 savvy directors and 18 accomplished actors will bring these raw impressions to life, all in a weekend, to be performed on Sunday evening.

Playwrights: Keith Josef Adkins, Harrison David Rivers, Dominique

Morriseau, Derek Lee McPhatter, Ayanna Maia, and Mfoniso Udofia

Hunger features: Charles Browning, Gillian Glasco and Gerard Joseph

Directed By: Melissa Maxwell

August 10, 2011

The Ladies of the 1st Generation Nigerian Project perform at the New Voices in Theater Festival. Come and check out the new work the ladies have written.

Featuring: Ngozi Anyanwu, Yvonne Orji, Jennifer Akabue and

Mfoniso Udofia

Directed By: John Gould Rubin

Wednesday, August 10 · 6:30pm - 10:00pm

The South Oxford Space

138 South Oxford Street (The Great Room)

Brooklyn, NY

August 8, 2011

Reading of Sojourners

Hudson Guild Community Center

441 West 26th Street

New York, NY

Cast includes: Maechi Aharanwa, Axel Avin Jr., Byron Bronson, and Erin Washington

Choreographer: Jennifer Akabue

Directors: Mfoniso Udofia and Weston Wilson

June 16-17, 2011

LOCKDOWN is the urban response to The Breakfast Club. A group of teenagers become unruly after being locked in the Chelsea Rec Center for 108 hours 45 minutes 13 seconds 14 seconds 15 seconds....

Come join us as this talented group explores stereotypes and themselves.

Featuring: Luw Luw Hughes, Juwan Stone, Kylah Bruno, Kenya Muhammad, Neftaly Garcia, Jennifer Jones, Hyisheem Calier and Antonio Capellan

Directed By: Erin Washington

Choreographed By: Laura Pedone

Hudson Guild Presents

"Lockdown"

June 16th and 17th 7:00 PM

Hudson Guild Theater

441 West 26th street NY, NY (BTW 9th & 10th aves)

June 5, 2011

Reading of Sherman A.Black.Comedy.

Get your literary fix this Sunday, June 5 in the Harvest Room at Brooklyn Winery while sipping wine or beer from our diverse drink menu! Were proud to host billy & Co. that evening for the first installment of their Literary P(arts) series. This cross-collaborative event will set you back a mere $5 for two hours of intellectually stimulating entertainment provided by guest writers, playwrights, and musicians.

Literary P(arts) No. 1 will include music from Year of the Tiger, readings of short plays by playwrights Mfoniso Udofia, Christin Siems, Charise Greene, and Sam Byron, and a special essay reading by Huffington Post comedy writer Ross Luippold.

Sherman features: Axel Avin Jr., Amanda Sykes and Erin Washington

Details: Sunday, June 5 from 6:00 to 8:00pm

$5 per person at the door

21 and up

May 9-25, 2011

Filming the Feature Film

FRED

Featuring: Elliot Gould, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Fred Melamed, Judith Roberts and Mfoniso Udofia

Directed By: Richard Ledes

For more information visit here

April 11, 2011

Reading of The Grove

At Hand Theatre Compant and SOUL PROductions present a reading of Mfoniso Udofia's new play! Come one and come all!

The cast includes: Maechi Aharanwa, Axel Avin Jr., Scout Durwood, Dawn-Elin Fraser, Stephen Malloy, Jamil Mangan, Nikiya Mathis and Juwan Stone

Shetler Studios

244 West 54th Street

April 11, 2011

7pm

April 4, 2011

THE NEW BLACK FEST

with guest curators Judy Tate and Godfrey Simmons

in association with 651 ARTS presents:

Sweet Maladies*

Written by Zakiyyah Alexander

Featuring Rory Lipede, Ashley Bryant, Mfoniso Udofia and Megan Tusing

Its been two years since slavery was abolished and three recently freed slavegirls, stuck in the big house, play the only game they know: history. But what happens when the game turns sticky sweet and deadly?

WHERE:

Mark Morris Dance Center 3 Lafayette Aveneue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn

WHEN:

Monday, April 4, 2011 @ 7 pm

(Post Show Conversation: Tiny Rebellions)

January 28, 2011

Private Workshop reading of Sojourners produced by SOUL PROductions.

November 14, 2010

Reading of the Grove

SOUL PROductions and Liberation Theatre Company would like to invite you to a staged reading of Mfoniso Udofia's, The Grove, directed by Sandra Daley.

The Cast includes: Axel Avin Jr., Anton Floyd, Dawn-Elin Fraser, Lakisha Michelle May, Janelle Mims, Liz Sklar, Erwin E.A. Thomas and Alex Ubokudom

November 14th

2pm

TheaterLab

137 West 14th Street

May 6-22, 2010

Children of Eden

WINNER 2010 NY IT AWARDS Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Set Design

Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and John Cairds (Les Misérables) Children of Eden is an inspirational musical about forgiveness. Loosely based on the story of Genesis, this frank, heartfelt, and often humorous examination of the timeless conflict between parents and children has been presented across the world since its London premiere in 1991. At the Astoria Performing Arts Center the act of telling this grand and epic story will be accomplished with a sense of theatrical wonder, creativity and innovation that will capture the imagination of audiences of all ages.

Charissa Bertels*, Stacie Bono*, Phillip Deyesso*, Stephen Gelpi*, Jonathan Gregg*, Kyle Hines, Zekari Jackson, Terrence Oliver, Shad Olsen*, Allyson Pace, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Daniel Henri Luttway, Rachel Rhodes-Devey, Kelly Scanlon*, Alan Shaw*, Joseph Spieldenner*, Mfoniso Udofia *, Erin Michelle Washington*, James Zannelli*

Director: Tom Wojtunik

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