Her Portmanteau 2017

Ages: 16+
Opened: April 22, 2017
Closing: June 11, 2017

Her Portmanteau - 2017 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

New York Theatre Workshop
79 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003

In a two-part theatrical event, NYTW Usual Suspect Ed Sylvanus Iskandar brings to life the singularly poetic world of playwright and NYTW Usual Suspect Mfoniso Udofia’s Sojourners and Her Portmanteau. Performed in repertory, these two chapters of Udofia's sweeping, nine-part saga, The Ufot Cycle, chronicle the triumphs and losses of the tenacious matriarch of a Nigerian family. In Sojourners, a young, pregnant Abasiama struggles with the responsibilities of her arranged marriage as her husband becomes seduced by 1970s American culture. Intent on finishing her university studies so that she can return to Nigeria, Abasiama weighs her dreams and obligations as she attempts to move forward. Decades later, the full impact of her decision erupts when Abasiama’s family is reunited in Her Portmanteau. As Nigerian traditions clash with the realities of American life, Abasiama and her daughters must confront complex familial legacies that span time, geography, language and culture. Presented in two parts, this heartrending pairing probes into the ties that bind mothers and daughters and how we define home. Sojourners and Her Portmanteau are produced in association with The Playwrights Realm who premiered Sojourners last winter in a limited engagement world premiere production.

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American Conservatory Theater(A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon announced today casting for Her Portmanteau, Mfoniso Udofia's taut and achingly poignant drama exploring the multigenerational bonds of a Nigerian family living in the United States.

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San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and Magic Theatre announced today that they will collaborate on a thrilling theatrical event, bringing two plays from Mfoniso Udofia's acclaimed Ufot Family Cycle to the stage. From February 15-March 31, 2019, A.C.T. will present Her Portmanteau at the Strand Theater (1127 Market St.) and from March 27­-April 21, 2019, the Magic Theatre (2 Marina Blvd., Building D) will present In Old Age. Through an exclusive package deal, patrons can purchase tickets for both plays, which can be seen in any order, for $40 each-for a savings of up to 45% off their individual ticket price. This package deal is available now by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.ufotplays-sf.com. Package holders receive free ticket exchanges, priority invitations to special events, and exclusive content on this Bay Area theatrical event.

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Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, September 9, 2018 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition!


Her Portmanteau has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2017.