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"Sojourners" by Mfoniso Udofia, at The Playwrights Realm in 2016. Pictured: Chinasa Ogbuagu and Hubert Point-Du Jour. (Photo by Chasi Annexy)

New York Theatre Workshop Announces 2016–17 Season

The lineup will feature Nathan Alan Davis, Shakespeare, and Mfonsio Udofia.

NEW YORK CITY: New York Theatre Workshop has announced its 2016–17 season, featuring five productions.

The lineup will kick-off with Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Fall 2016), by NYTW 2050 fellow Nathan Alan Davis, about Nat Turner’s final night in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Va., where he served time after leading a slave uprising that shook the nation in 1831. Megan Sandberg-Zakian will direct.

Next will be Shakespeare’s Othello (Winter 2016), starring David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig. Sam Gold will direct.

The season will continue with The Object Lesson (Spring 2017), by Geoff Sobelle, an immersive theatrical installation about the stuff people cling to and the crap we leave behind. Steven Dufala will create the scenic installation, and David Nuemann will direct.

Following will be Mfoniso Udofia’s Sojourners and Her Portmanteau (Spring 2017), presented in association with the Playwrights Realm and performed in repertory. The two plays are each chapters within a nine-part saga called The Ufot Cycle, about the triumphs and trials that occur when a family loses its matriarch. First, Sojourners follows a pregnant Nigerian woman who struggles with her arranged marriage as her husband is seduced by 1970s American culture. The woman’s family reunites decades later in Her Portmanteau, with a clash of Nigerian culture and American ideals. Ed Sylvanus Iskandar will direct.

New York Theatre Workshop, founded in 1979, produces provoking theatre and cultivates artists with a laboratory for new-play development.

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