Written, Produced And Directed by Odunayo Majekodunmi
A world premiere presented by O.M. Productions and the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series
One performance only to support the Santa Monica Playhouse Keep the Doors Open Campaign
Post show Talk-Back and Reception with the artists included in ticket price
Inspired by true life events and Native New Yorker/Nigerian playwright/director/producer Odunayo Majekodunmi’s experiences with Love, Friends and Family Relationships, FAITHNLOVE explores contrasting sides of Marriage, Challenges of overcoming marital obstacles, marriage counseling, fidelity, pregnancy, celibacy, interracial relationships and the cultural differences between Nigerians and African Americans. Add in jealousy among black women, insecurities, and Christianity, as each character searches for fulfillment through some form of Happiness: Love, Relationship, Faith, Spirituality, Career, Baby, Selflove.
Find yourself in at least one character in this warm, insightful and inspiring play, a much-needed theatre piece to inspire, motivate and encourage us to have Faith and hope in what we truly desire, as we emerge from the Pandemic Times and celebrate the Faith and Hope that allows us to achieve our creative life goals.
Featuring Chibuike Nwuda, Kike Ayodeji, Nathaniel Kweku, Ejiroghene, Dominique Leshay Alston, Carlos Darelus, Jasmine Tompkins, Sonja Jones, Loki D. Wolf, Amy Melendrez, Odunayo Majekodunmi, Eno Georgette Inwek, and Jeffrey Santos. Production Stage Manager George J. Vennes. Technical assistance by Sunflower Wilson
ODUNAYO MAJEKODUNMI (playwright, director, producer (aka AYO MAJEK) is a New York Native who began her acting career at Suny Albany, where she studied acting and performed in numerous theatrical productions. After college, she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, where she continued studying acting, musical theater and dance. She was a member of the Actor’s Project NYC and performed in various off-Broadway plays including A Raisin in the Sun and Women of Manhattan. She also performed in several musicals, including Guys and Dolls and the Wiz.
In 2006, Ayo moved relocated to Los Angeles where she studied with Weist Barron-Hill and became a member of the Underground Theatre Company, where she performed in several productions including Dangerous Corner. She continued her acting career in short films such as Breathe directed by the late Lonnie Stevens. Ayo wrote, produced and performed her one-woman show Girl from Schenectady” in 2019 at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and had eight successful runs in Los Angeles. She also produced and created YouTube webisodes Ask the Girl from Schenectady, based on her solo show, currently on her YouTube channel.
Ayo began writing her current project FAITHNLOVE, a production is now producing and in which she performs with an ensemble cast of 12 amazing actors. She is so excited to premiere the play at Santa Monica Playhouse and can’t wait to receive audience feedback from this new theatrical adventure.
The Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series is an innovative program that presents extremely limited engagements of new and developing works by emerging and renowned local, national and international artists. Solo shows, concerts, spoken word and poetry nights, dance evenings, performance art and full productions, give voice to new material and artists who might otherwise not have a platform for their works.
Santa Monica Playhouse programs are supported in part by generous grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and by Playhouse PALS.
World premier play FAITHNLOVE is at Santa Monica Playhouse May 22, 2022 at 7:00pm
Post show Talk-Back and Reception with the artists included in price of admission
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