NEW BLACK FEST: READINGS

How did the artists of the Harlem Renaissance respond to the historic events that shaped their time? And how are contemporary creatives dealing with the issues of the present moment in their own work? These questions lie at the heart of the Apollo commission of the New Black Fest, which has engaged 18 contemporary playwrights to explore these themes in 10-minute plays.

Over the course of three staged readings, each playwright will premiere their new work, dramatically performed by an exciting cast of actors and readers.  Participating playwrights include James Ijames, Eric Micha Holmes, Dahlak Brathwaite, Donja Love, Dennis A. Allen II, Christina Anderson, and Mfoniso Udofia. This event will be taking place on the Apollo’s Soundstage.​

Fri • Apr 22 • 7:00 PM

Apollo Theater, New York, NY

Buy Tickets to see Mfoniso's 10-minute as part of this series here.

ADIA AND CLORA SNATCH JOY

Developmental Reading
Adia and Clora Snatch Joy
Written and directed by Mfoniso Udofia
Music by Nehemiah Luckett and Mfoniso Udofia
MAY 5 & 7, 2022 

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Round House Theatre

4545 East-West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814

 Mfoniso Udofia’s sprawling “Ufot Cycle,” a multi-generational, nine-play meditation on American immigration through the story of one Nigerian family, concludes in a warm, lively musical tale of love, fellowship, and destiny. Adiaha Ufot, eldest daughter of Abasiama Ufot, travels to South Carolina in search of a man who knew her mother in her final years. Instead, she finds Clora, a house that looks strangely familiar, and a chorus of spirit ancestors who bring the story to life. Together, the two women reconcile their individual pasts and imagine new ways forward.

All developmental readings are free, with tickets required. Tickets are currently available as part of Festival Packages and will be opened for individual reservation, subject to availability, in late March (date TBD).

ADIA AND CLORA SNATCH JOY

Developmental Reading
Adia and Clora Snatch Joy
Written and directed by Mfoniso Udofia
Music by Nehemiah Luckett and Mfoniso Udofia
MAY 5 & 7, 2022 

at

Round House Theatre

4545 East-West Hwy, Bethesda, MD 20814

 Mfoniso Udofia’s sprawling “Ufot Cycle,” a multi-generational, nine-play meditation on American immigration through the story of one Nigerian family, concludes in a warm, lively musical tale of love, fellowship, and destiny. Adiaha Ufot, eldest daughter of Abasiama Ufot, travels to South Carolina in search of a man who knew her mother in her final years. Instead, she finds Clora, a house that looks strangely familiar, and a chorus of spirit ancestors who bring the story to life. Together, the two women reconcile their individual pasts and imagine new ways forward.

All developmental readings are free, with tickets required. Tickets are currently available as part of Festival Packages and will be opened for individual reservation, subject to availability, in late March (date TBD).