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It’s the 1990s and in Lagos, Nigeria, the NOLLYWOOD film industry is exploding and taking the world by storm. Ayamma dreams of stardom while working at her parents’ travel agency alongside her lovable and celebrity-obsessed sister Dede. When Ayamma lands an audition for a new film by Gbenga Ezie, Nigeria’s hottest director, she comes head-to-head with Gbenga’s former leading lady, Fayola. Tensions flare just as sparks start flying between Ayamma, the aspiring ingénue, and Wale, Nollywood’s biggest heartthrob, in this hilarious new play about dreaming big.
Nollywood Dreams is a new romantic comedy play for anyone with big dreams and stars in their eyes. Get Nollywood Dreams tickets on TodayTix now.
Nollywood Dreams is a play that follows Ayamma, a young girl living and working in Lagos, Nigeria in the 1990s. She has a job at her parents’ travel agency, but what she really wants is to be a star in the Nollywood film industry, which is booming around her. One day, she gets the chance of a lifetime to audition for a major Nigerian director. But she quickly becomes entangled in two relationships that complicate her smooth path to stardom: a rivalry with the director’s usual leading lady, and a budding romance with the industry’s most famous leading man.
Jocelyn Bioh mounted her first fully-produced play, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, at MCC Theater in 2017, gaining multiple accolades including the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Now, with the world premiere of Nollywood Dreams Off-Broadway, Bioh returns to MCC once more. Led by director Saheem Ali, the creative team includes lighting designer David Weiner, sound designer Palmer Hefferan, set designer Arnulfo Maldonado, costume designer Dede Ayite, and projection designer Alex Basco Koch. Get tickets to Nollywood Dreams in New York on TodayTix.
October 21st, 2021
November 28th, 2021
The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space
The formative and explosive era of Nigeria’s film industry, in the nineteen-nineties, is the setting for this new romantic comedy by Jocelyn BiohIt.
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