After captivating audiences and critics in 2017, NYTW Usual Suspect Mfoniso Udofia returns with another pairing from her powerful nine-part saga, The Ufot Cycle.
Set in the family’s present-day Worcester home and 1968 Nigeria, runboyrun and In Old Age pose questions about how to move forward when the past inhabits your very foundation. In runboyrun, Disciple and Abasiama Ufot have been living the same day over and over again for decades until the dam breaks and time rushes forward while also reeling backwards. They must uncover years of memories and cross great distances to find each other and unearth the roots of their marriage. In Old Age follows Abasiama far into the future as she learns the true nature of love just as life takes a new turn.
Loretta Greco and Awoye Timpo direct these two plays presented together as one evening of theatre.
These two new chapters build on the 2017 productions of Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, celebrating the tenacious matriarch of a Nigerian family.
MFONISO UDOFIA, a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College, obtained her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater [ACT] and, while at ACT, co-pioneered The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint. Productions of her plays Sojourners, runboyrun, Her Portmanteau and In Old Age have been seen at the American Conservatory Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, The Playwrights Realm, Magic Theater, National Black Theatre, Strand Theater Company, and Boston Court. She’s the recipient of the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award, the 2017-18 McKnight National Residency and Commission at The Playwrights’ Center and is a member of New Dramatists. Mfoniso’s currently commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival [OSF], Hartford Stage, Denver Center, ACT, and South Coast Repertory. Her plays have been developed by Manhattan Theatre Club, ACT, McCarter Theatre, OSF, New Dramatists, PCS’s JAW Festival, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, The OCC, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, Page 73, New Black Fest, Rising Circle and more. She’s also worked as a television writer on Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and Apple’s “Little America.” Follow her at @mfudofia or visit mfonisoudofia.com
LORETTA GRECO is in her eleventh season as Magic Theatre’s Artistic Director, where she has proudly developed and premiered Taylor Mac’s Hir; Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus El Rey and Bruja; Mfoniso Udofia’s runboyrun and In Old Age; Sharr White’s Annapurna; Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap and Jesus in India; and Octavio Solis’s Se Llama Cristina. Directing credits at Magic include Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus el Rey, Sharr White’s The Other Place, and the revival of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love. New York directing premieres include Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Story, Ruben Santiago Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues, and Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano at NYSF/The Public; Toni Press Coffman’s Touch; Emily Mann’s Meshugah at Naked Angels; and Nilo Cruz’s A Park in Our House at NYTW. Regional directing credits include Life is a Dream at CalShakes; Speed-the-Plow, Blackbird, and Sweat at ACT; Romeo and Juliet and Stop Kiss at OSF; and numerous productions in regional theatres across the country. She directed the national tour of Emily Mann’s Having Our Say. Greco has developed work with writers at Sundance, The O’Neill, New Dramatists, and The Public. Prior to her Magic post, she served as Producing Artistic Director of WP Theater and produced the work of Lisa D’Amour, Katie Pearl, Diane Paulus, Karen Hartman, Lynn Nottage, Tanya Barfield, and Rinne Groff. As Associate Director/Resident Producer at the McCarter, Ms. Greco launched their Second Stage-On-Stage Festival of New Work. Ms. Greco received her MFA from Catholic University, and honors include the Sundance Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, and the 2018 SDC Fichandler Award.
Off-Broadway: Good Grief (Vineyard Theatre), The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (Playwrights Realm), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater). Regional: Everybody Black (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Paradise Blue at the Long Wharf Theatre. Other: Carnaval (National Black Theater); Sister Son/ji (Billie Holiday Theatre); The Vanished (Site-Specific); Skeleton Crew (Chester Theater Company), Ndebele Funeral (59E59, Edinburgh Festival/Summerhall, South African tour). Producer: CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights.