THE STORY: At fifteen years old, Kelechi left Nigeria for the United States, leaving her family and her culture behind. Fifteen years later, she is now a best-selling novelist and must return to Nigeria to care for her ailing father. Before she can say goodbye, however, she must relearn the traditions she had wiped from her memory. Kelechi’s homecoming soon becomes a head-on collision with her culture, trauma, family history, and the love of those who never forgot her.
“…wrings all the pleasure possible out of its familiar tropes even as it revamps their meaning entirely. …a marvelous three-act opera in the blank space between question and answer.” —NY Times. “Better than any play I’ve seen, THE HOMECOMING QUEEN captures the everyday theater we perform to convince ourselves and those around us of who we really are.” —TheaterMania.com. “…the Nigerian setting isn’t the only thing fresh and original about this play. …[Kelechi’s] scenes with [Obina] are subtly and sufficiently [revelatory]. What’s more, even the most obvious plot points come off as fresh and somehow surprising, thanks to the…excellent writing. …a vividly theatrical experience.” —CurtainUp.com.