The company of The Homecoming Queen rehearse for performances set to begin January 10.
The company of The Homecoming Queen rehearse for performances set to begin January 10.
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Rehearsals have begun for the Atlantic Theater Company's world-premiere production of The Homecoming Queen, written by Ngozi Anyanwu (Good Grief) and directed by Awoye Timpo.

Patrice Johnson discusses a scene with Awoye Timpo.
Patrice Johnson discusses a scene with Awoye Timpo.
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The play follows a best-selling novelist who 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.

Vinie Burrows and Segun Akande take a break during rehearsal.
Vinie Burrows and Segun Akande take a break during rehearsal.
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The off-Broadway cast will feature Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Uncommon Sense), Segun Akande (Netflix's Burning Sands), Ebbe Bassey (Saving Father), Vinie Burrows (Good Person of Szechwan), Patrice Johnson (For Colored Girls…), Mirirai Sithole (School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play), Mfoniso Udofia (playwright, Sojourners and Her Portmanteau), and Zenzi Williams (The Crucible).

Mirirai Sithole cracks a smile during rehearsal.
Mirirai Sithole cracks a smile during rehearsal.
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The Homecoming Queen begins previews January 10, 2018, in advance of a January 22 opening and will run through February 11 at Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2.

For tickets and more information, click here.