National Black Theatre presents Workshop Production of HER PORTMANTEAU by Mfoniso Udofia – Feb 25 – March 1


Loading Map....

Date(s) - Feb 25, 2015 - Mar 1, 2015
All Day

National Black Theatre


HER PORTMANTEAU by Mfoniso Udofia  
Directed by Victor Maog
Featuring Patrice Johnson Chevannes

February 18, 2015 (HARLEM, NY) – Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre [NBT] located at 2033 National Black Theatre Way (Fifth Avenue) is proud  to announce the Workshop Production of HER PORTMANTEAU, by Mfoniso Udofia and directed by Victor Maog, February 25, 2015 – March 1, 2015. This is the culminating event of NBT’s Black History Month Programing and the launch of Women’s History Month. HER PORTMANTEAU is also the theatrical debut  of the theater’s  I Am Soul – Playwright Residency Program, for which Udofia is the 2014 recipient of this residency.

“How Mfoniso utilizes the musicality of Ibibio intertwined with English to tell a dynamic, heartfelt story is breathtaking,” said Jonathan McCrory, Theatre Arts Director, “and NBT is proud to produce her first stage production.”

The cast features three dynamic actresses: Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Tamburlaine), Nana Mensah (An African City) and Christine Osuala. All of these actresses are making their NBT debut. The Creative team includes: Justin Townsend (Light / Set Designer; Broadway: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike); Jadele McPherson (Live Musician); Kristine Schlachter (Production Stage Manager); Beth McGuire (Dialect and Language Coach; Broadway: Street Car Name Desire); Ebbe Bassey (Translator & Language Specialist  and Anton Floyd (Dramaturge).
HerP Cover Art -2-2515

HER PORTMANTEAU was written by Nigerian-American Mfoniso Udofia during the 2014 inaugural year of I Am Soul – Playwright Residency Program. Udofia’s play tells the story of legacy and forgiveness. Trapped within a small New York apartment, matriarch Abasiama Ufot and her two eldest children must construct a new definition for their family. As vaults are opened and old pains are re-lived, three women from three different generations, attempt to build the bridge across very different worlds. After every show there will be talkbacks with the playwright and director [except March 1, 2015] in order to further develop the piece.

Launched in 2014 as a part of NBT’s Theatre Arts Program, lead by Jonathan McCrory, the I Am Soul – Playwright Residency Program is a competitive program that recognizes one Black playwright annually whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field. 

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or by calling the theatre directly at (212)722-3800.


Performance Schedule :
HER PORTMANTEAU has a limited performance schedule and will run from Wednesday, February 25 – Sunday, March 1, 2015. The show will start at 7:30pm Thursday – Saturday. A Saturday matinee performance at 2PM and a Sunday performance at 4pm. Tickets are $20 general admission. For students, active military and Seniors (65+) with ID and groups 10+ please call the theatre at (212)722-3800 or e-mail to learn more. Post-performance discussions will be conducted after each performance.
Tickets are available by calling (212) 722-3800, visiting, or going to the NBT Box Office at 2031 Fifth Avenue between 125th & 126th Streets in Harlem, New York. Box Office hours are 1:00pm to 6:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Who is Who:
Mfoniso Udofia (Playwright) is a New York based storyteller, actor, slam-poet and teaching artist. She attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s Tony award winning, American Conservatory Theater. During this stay in the Bay Area, Udofia pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint. Some of Ms. Udofia’s plays include: The Grove, Sojourners, runboyrun, Lilyvine , hunger and Sherman: ablackcomedy. Ms. Udofia is a 2013 Sundance Theatre Lab Resident Playwright and is a Summer Yale Resident with the Page 73 development programs. She is Makehouse’s Sponsored Artist and the Inaugural Playwright in Residence with the National Black Theatre. Ms. Udofia was a New Black Fest 2012 Writing Fellow and she served as a 2012-2013 Writing Fellow with both Playwrights Realm and Rising Circle’s INKTank. She has also been a finalist for the 2013 Lark Playwrights’ Week and has been a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. She received this distinction with her plays and was a finalist for the 2013 Many Voices Fellowship. Please follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site for the latest news. 

VICTOR MAOG  (Director) is an award-winning theatre artist who’s work has reached over half the continental United States. He’s directed and developed works at the NYSF/Public Theater, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 54 Below, Signature Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, Joe’s Pub, Intar, New York Theatre Workshop, Lark Play Development Center, Working Theater and New Dramatists. His new work creation has taken him from major institutions in New York City & Los Angeles to non-traditional projects in Chicago’s south side & Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was one of six directors in the United States to receive the prestigious 2004-06 NEA/TCG Career Development Award, Sweet Briar Fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Paula Altvater Fellowship at Cornerstone Theatre Company, Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, and The Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Enrichment with the Theatre Arts Project of San Joaquin County, where he served as Artistic Director at age twenty. He’s also a respected artist-educator who’s worked at schools such as NYU, UPenn, Fordham, Emory, JMU, WVU, Miami, Delta State, and organizations including the American Theatre Wing, Theatre Development Fund, and the Kennedy Center’s American College Festival. Currently, he’s on the directing team of the ABC/Disney Casting Project, in the inaugural class of the TCG SPARK Leaders Program, and Artistic Director of 2g. Victor graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School with a concentration in Global Leadership and Performance Studies.

PATRICE JOHNSON CHEVANNES (Abasiama) is making her NBT debut. Her theatre credits include The Crucible opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, and Racing Demon, both directed by Sir Richard Eyre on Broadway; Desdemona opposite Patrick Stewart in Othello (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Banished Children Of Eve (Irish Repertory Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well (The Public Theater); Angelique (AUDELCO nomination); for colored girls .. (AUDELCO Award); Coming Home (The Wilma Theater, Best Actress Barrymore Award nomination); Tamburlaine directed by Sir Michael Boyd (Theatre for a New Audience), Steel Hammer directed by Anne Bogart (Actors Theatre of Louisville, upcoming in the fall at BAM) and the World Premiere of Danai Gurira’s new play, Familiar at Yale Repertory, also part of Playwrights Horizon season, 2015-2016). Patrice has directed three award-winning feature films through her production company God-And-All-O Wee Productions, Kings CountyNY’s Dirty Laundry, and Hill and Gully, and is currently working on a fourth. Additional film and television credits include UndertowThe GuardianER, and Without a Trace, among others.

NANA MENSAH (Iniabasi) is currently in post-production on the film Queen of Glory, in which she starred. And wrote. And directed. Nana Mensah is not a megalomaniac. She also plays the role of Sade in the hit series, An African City and can soon be found in the limited web-series The Walker, starring Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan & Gabourey Sidibe. New York theater credits include Shakespeare in the Park, (The Bacchae, starring Anthony Mackie & Jonathan Groff, and Mother Courage and Her Children starring Meryl Streep & Kevin Kline), as well as plays at Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company, and the Culture Project.

CHRISTINE OSUALA (Adiaga) is a 1st Generation American actress and spoken word poet of Nigerian descent. A recent graduate of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, she is extremely grateful to have one of the early performances of her career be a play that displays an accurate depiction of hers and so many other Nigerian descendants’ lives. She would like to thank Mfoniso for this opportunity and the National Black Theatre for providing a space for such works of art to be produced and seen.
National Black Theatre: Currently under the leadership of CEO, Sade Lythcott, was founded by visionary Dr. Barbara Ann Teer in 1968. National Black Theatre is a cultural and educational institution, where Dr. Teer pioneered “the healing art of black theatre as an instrument for wholeness in urban communities where entrepreneurial artists of African descent live and work.” In 1983, Dr. Teer expanded the vision of NBT by purchasing a 64,000 square foot building on 125th and Fifth Avenue (renamed “National Black Theatre Way” by local law in 1994). This was the first revenue-generating black arts complex in the country, a visionary arrangement through which for-profit businesses who shared NBT’s spiritual and aesthetic values rented retail space to subsidize the arts. She worked tirelessly to shift the cultural identity of people of African descent born in America in every area of human concern. Out of her vision, NBT houses the largest collection of Nigerian new sacred art in the Western hemisphere and is considered the authentic representation of a model whose time has come. Where else but in community based cultural institutions can artists and writers replace what has been wiped clean in the American history books?  NBT is a place where we can still weave our own stories and determine our own destiny. It is a place where we can create our own legends and move forward back into self-love to mutual love of others based on respect and shared visions. As a cultural and educational anchor institution, NBT’s contribution is not only recognized in Harlem, but also citywide and nationally. Visit or follow them on Facebook ( and Twitter/Instagram (@NatBlackTheatre).

 Submitted by – Chinyere “ChiChi” J. Anyanwu



Ticket Information


Online booking closed

Add A Review

AlphaOmega Captcha Classica  –  Enter Security Code

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Refund Policy


African Events .com is committed to fair and healthy dialogue on African affairs, events, news, and culture. The opinions shared or the materials submitted/posted on this website or its forums may have been allowed to encourage fair and healthy dialogue and to foster improved human and socio-economic existence and relations. They do not necessarily represent the views or endorsement of African Events .com. Thank you for visiting.

Send Message

Send mail success

Send mail failed

Please enter input field

reCAPTCHA verification failed. Please try again.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, conse ctetuers adipiscing eli sed diam nonum nibhie…

About Us

Download APP

© 2021 ovatheme. All Rights Reserved.