Throughout the run of Her Portmanteau, this page will be updated with articles, audio, and more.

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Welcome Home: Her Portmanteau Rehearsals Begin


What exactly is home? Is it a location? A sensation? A memory? After you’ve left, what is it like to come back? Here's a first look into rehearsals for Her Portmanteau, beginning February 15 at The Strand.

by Aaron Higareda
Feb 5, 2019

I Am Nigerian. I Am American. I Will Not Choose.

"It’s important that audiences see different kinds of Blackness in relation to each other. My Ufot cycle looks at what happens when Africa and the African Diaspora interact, and interact from a place of love."
Her Portmanteau playwright Mfoniso Udofia on the importance of seeing Black bodies onstage.

by Elspeth Sweatman
Feb 12, 2019

A Taste of Her Portmanteau


What's Adiaha cooking onstage in Her Portmanteau? Check out the recipe for afang soup & fufu, and join us on Feb 24 and March 3 in the Strand lobby for a pre-show dinner from Eko Kitchen!

by Annie Sears
Feb 19, 2019

A Different Kind of Understanding


There are 520 different languages spoken in Nigeria, and the characters in Her Portmanteau use Ibibio. Hear from playwright Mfoniso Udofia on how she features multiple languages onstage to reflect Nigerian culture and further the story.

by Annie Sears
Feb 22, 2019

Podcast: Her Portmanteau


A.C.T.'s Associate Artistic Director Andy Donald sat down with Danyon Davis, A.C.T.'s Head of Movement, and Her Portmanteau's Assistant Director May Liang. They discuss Mfoniso Udofia's Ufot Cycle, Her Portmanteau, which is play number 4 as part of this 9-play cycle, and the process of rehearsing a play.

What's in a Name? Everything.

For the characters in Her Portmanteau, a name is more than a name. It's an identity, a reflection of values, & a role to live into. Read more about what each woman's name means.

by Annie Sears
Mar 20, 2019

Right in Front of Your Eyes: The Subtlety of Her Portmanteau

"Her Portmanteau is a nuanced, delicate story," says Scenic Designer David Reynoso. "There's an intimacy to The Strand, which I have embraced on a rather dramatic level." Read more about the subtle psychology of Reynoso's design.

by Annie Sears
Mar 26, 2019

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