THE STORY: HER PORTMANTEAU is Part Two of the Ufot Cycle, Udofia’s sweeping, nine-part saga which chronicles the triumphs and losses of Abasiama Ufot, a Nigerian immigrant, and her family. Trapped within a small New York apartment, matriarch Abasiama and her two eldest children must construct a new definition for their family. Decades after the events in Sojourners, as suitcases are opened and old pains are relived, a mother and her daughters attempt to rebuild a broken bridge across very different worlds.
“…extraordinary…moving…infuse[s] some tired, tempest-tossed old forms with new blood.” —NY Times. “Udofia…[is] a playwright with a lot on her mind and a seriously compelling storytelling gift.” —Deadline.com. “Can a family hold together across borders? This unspoken question menacingly hangs over [HER PORTMANTEAU]…Udofia offers no easy answers, but her firm grasp of family dynamics will give audiences much to consider…Distance is no longer a barrier to a family relationship, but the problems of jealousy, suspicion, and disappointment still remain. Udofia unpacks those issues with uncommon sensitivity and brimming imagination.” —TheaterMania.com. “…a masterpiece… Expect great things from Udofia in the future. HER PORTMANTEAU…[is] a play from the heart whose emotions will pull you in and stay with you long after the final curtain. …a mature, moving [and] accomplished work.” —TheaterScene.net.