Mfoniso Udofia

Mfoniso Udofia

MFONISO UDOFIA’s a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater. Ufot Family Cycle plays, Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, will be produced Spring 2017 as part of New York Theatre Workshop's season. In Winter 2016, Playwrights Realm produced the off-Broadway World Premiere of Sojourners. In...
MFONISO UDOFIA’s a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater. Ufot Family Cycle plays, Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, will be produced Spring 2017 as part of New York Theatre Workshop's season. In Winter 2016, Playwrights Realm produced the off-Broadway World Premiere of Sojourners. 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. Mfoniso’s currently working on Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! commission translating Shakespeare’s, Othello. She’s also the Artistic Director of the NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival and a proud member of New Dramatists class of 2023. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed, presented and/or produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, I73, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle's INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, American Slavery Project, Liberation Theatre Company and more. Her acting credits include: [feature starring Elliot Gould] Fred Won't Move Out, [play] Current Good, [musical] Children of Eden, A Christmas Carol and more. Please follow her at www.mfonisoudofia.com.

Plays

  • SOJOURNERS
    Ufot Family Cycle Play: Number 1 ::duty and desire:: Abasiama came to America with high hopes - for her arranged marriage and her future - intent on earning a degree and returning to Nigeria. But when her husband is seduced by America, she must choose between the Nigerian or American Dream.
  • THE GROVE
    ::courage and cowardice:: Adiagha Ufot, first generation offspring and eldest daughter of a transplanted Nigerian family, is both conduit of her rich culture and fulfiller of the legacy of the American dream. Adiagha struggles to balance as her Nigerian history and her American present collide and combust.
  • runboyrun
    Ufot Family Cycle Play: Number 3 ::civil war:: Married couple, Disciple and Abasiama Ufot, have been living the exact same day over and over again for many decades. A sudden burst of frustration breaks their pattern and time suddenly rushes forward while also reeling backwards; forcing Disciple and Abasiama to finally navigate the treacherous waters of illness, memory and love. The survival of this 30+ year...
    Ufot Family Cycle Play: Number 3 ::civil war:: Married couple, Disciple and Abasiama Ufot, have been living the exact same day over and over again for many decades. A sudden burst of frustration breaks their pattern and time suddenly rushes forward while also reeling backwards; forcing Disciple and Abasiama to finally navigate the treacherous waters of illness, memory and love. The survival of this 30+ year marriage depends on building new vocabularies and daring, once again, to live moment by moment.
  • HER PORTMANTEAU
    ::legacy and forgivness:: Abasiama Ufot must forge new households and pass down her inheritance. Trapped within a small apartment, Abasiama confronts her daughters and opens long closed vaults, trying to build the bridge across two very different worlds.
  • IN OLD AGE
    ::purge and passing:: 1 woman & 1 man Abasiama Ufot and an elder man, Azell Abernarthy, make an unlikely spiritual connection. Abasiama learns the true nature of love just as life takes a new turn.