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Nollywood Dreams
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Nollywood Dreams Tickets

New York
21 Oct 2021 - 28 Nov 2021

Nollywood Dreams Information

Jocelyn Bioh's world-premiere play Nollywood Dreams is a new romantic comedy about finding stardom and dreaming big. Nollywood Dreams tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.

Nollywood Dreams is a play set in Lagos, Nigeria, in the 90s, when the country's film industry is booming and gaining worldwide popularity. The young ingenue Ayamma dreams of leaving her work at her parent's travel agency to make it big in Nollywood, and her celebrity-obsessed sister Dede only fuels Ayamma's longing to be a star herself. She finally gets a chance to audition for a major Nigerian director, Gbenga Ezie, but finds herself battling with Fayola, Ezie's go-to leading lady, for a part. Moreover, tensions between the rise as Ayamma is also dealing with another emotion: love, as a romance grows between her and Nollywood's most sought-after leading man.

Jocelyn Bioh's work was last seen at MCC Theater in 2017 with School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, which won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New American Playwright. Both that play and Nollywood Dreams earned spots on the Kilroys' List, which highlights outstanding work by non-male playwrights, even before their premieres.

Saheem Ali directs the Nollywood Dreams Off-Broadway production, and the rest of 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.

Tickets to Nollywood Dreams are available now. Get Nollywood Dreams tickets on New York Theatre Guide today.

Opening date

October 21st, 2021

Closing date

November 28th, 2021


Opening Soon, Plays

Booking from

October 21st, 2021

Booking until

November 28th, 2021

Previews from

October 21st, 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.

Cast and creative

By: Jocelyn Bioh
Director: Saheem Ali
Producer: MCC Theater
Cast list: Abena, Charlie Hudson, III, Nana Mensah, Sandra Okuboyejo, Ade Otukoya and Emana Rachelle.
Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Lighting: David Weiner
Costume: Dede Ayite
Sound: Palmer Hefferan
Other info: Projection
Design: by Alex Basco Koch

Our review

Ghanaian-American playwright Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play) continues to prove why she is the preeminent queen of African comedy. Exciting the palate of American audiences with works tastier than jollof rice, her new play Nollywood Dreams showcases her wit and masterful pen. Directed by Saheem Ali, the dynamic duo who previously collaborated on Merry Wives of Windsor at the Public's free Shakespeare in The Park, tag team again to bring audiences another hysterical...

Latest Nollywood Dreams News & Features

Photo credit: Nana Mensah and Charlie Hudson III (Photos by Stephanie Diani and courtesy of MCC Theater respectively)

The full cast for Jocelyn Bioh's Nollywood Dreams at MCC Theater will return for upcoming performances, after the show was postponed in March 2020. Nollywood Dreams begins previews at MCC Theater's Newman Mills Theater on October 21, with an opening night on November 11 and performances to November 28.Nollywood Dreams will be the first in-person show at MCC Theater since the pandemic. Speaking about her play, Jocelyn Bioh said: "Nothing thrills me more than to be reuniting with the Nollywood...

Zenzi Watson & Charlie Hudson III

MCC Theater has announced the complete cast to star in the world premiere of Nollywood Dreams. The production will be staged at the Newman Mills Theater within the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, with previews from March 19, 2020, ahead of an official opening on April 13 and performances through April 26, 2020.The complete cast includes Charlie Hudson III (as Gbenga), Nana Mensah (as Dede), Sandra Okuboyejo (as Ayamma), Ade Otukoya (as Wale Owusu), Emana Rachelle (as Fayola), and Zenzi...

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