The 2017 season of Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project will conclude with Jocelyn Bioh's Nollywood Dreams, directed by Saheem Ali. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins serves as Bioh's mentor for the run, which takes place April 25-May 6.
The company includes Nyahale Allie, Kelechi Ezie, Washington Kirk, Nana Mensah, Irungu Mutu, and Dorcas Sowunmi. The creative team is made up of Arnulfo Maldonado (scenic design), Dede Ayite (costume design), Chris Thiekling (lighting design), Matt Otto (sound design), Crystal Arnette (video design), and Addison Heeren (properties).
Nollywood Dreams is described as follows in a press release: "In the 1990s, Nollywood (Nigerian film industry) is on the rise. Ayamma dreams of leaving her job at her parents' travel agency and becoming a star. When she auditions for a new film by Nigeria's hottest director, tension flares with his former leading lady — as sparks fly with Nollywood's biggest heartthrob."
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