Atlantic Theater Company is presenting the world premiere production of The Homecoming Queen, written by Ngozi Anyanwu and directed by Awoye Timpo. The Homecoming Queen begins previews Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 and will open Monday, January 22nd for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 11th, 2018 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street).
The Homecoming Queen will feature Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Tamburlaine), Segun Akande (Mother of George), Ebbe Bassey (Classical Theater of Harlem’s Medea), Vinie Burrows (A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare in the Park), Patrice Johnson (Tamburlaine), Mirirai Sithole (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play), Mfoniso Udofia (playwright, Sojourners and Her Portmanteau – NYTW), and Zenzi Williams (Mother Courage and Her Children – CSC).
A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she’ll have to relearn the traditions she’s long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.
Tickets for The Homecoming Queen are now on sale. Order online at atlantictheater.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or in person at the Linda Gross Theater box office (336 West 20th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).
Playwright Ngozi Anyanwu is a director, producer and actress. Anyanwu’s play Good Grief was the recipient of the inaugural Humanitas / Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize in 2016. Before serving as the associate director of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning revival of Jitney, Awoye Timpo’s production of Ndebele Funeral by Zoey Martinson was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe, 59E59, and on a South African tour.
A prolific New York stage actor, Oberon K.A. Adjepong recently appeared in Theatre for a New Audience’s acclaimed production of Measure for Measure. Segun Akande was last seen in Netflix Original “Burning Sands” and in Anna Nicole at BAM. Ebbe Bassey co-wrote, executive produced, and starred in her first short film, Siri Oko Fo (Mending Fences), which debuted at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.Vinie Burrows’ stage career has spanned six decades, including the Foundry Theatre’s 2013 production of Good Person of Szechwan opposite Taylor Mac. AUDELCO Award winner Patrice Johnson has appeared on stage in The Crucible with Liam Neeson and as Desdemona in Othello opposite Patrick Stewart. Mirirai Sithole recently appeared in MCC’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and the Obie Award-winning production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man… at Signature Theatre Company. A playwright and actress, Mfoniso Udofia’s Ufot Family Cycle plays have been performed across the country, including the 2017 repertory productions of Sojourners and Her Portmanteau at New York Theatre Workshop. Zenzi Williams’ recent stage appearances include the 2016 Broadway revival of The Crucible and Classic Stage Company’s Mother Courage and Her Children.
The Homecoming Queen will feature scenic design by Yu-Hsuan Chen, costume design by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene, lighting design by Oona Curley, sound design by Amatus Karim-Ali, movement direction by Hope Boykin, music direction by Nolufefe Mtshabe, dialect by Ebbe Bassey, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting: David Caparelliotis, CSA and Lauren Port, CSA and Joseph Gery.