MAYBE DOROTHY WAS RIGHT
By Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Alfonso Johnson
Mini-Commission | October 7–December 31
A Short Film
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Playwright and actress Ngozi Anyanwu (GOOD GRIEF) takes us to the neighborhoods and theatres that have been part of her NYC journey, in this short film made in collaboration with filmmaker Alfonso Johnson.
Alfonso Johnson (Director) won top honors at the 2018 American Black Film Festival winning the HBO award for Best Short Film for Moths & Butterflies. Past recipients include Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), and Gerard McMurray (The First Purge). Alfonso’s films have appeared in over 100 film festivals internationally and have been distributed on multiple platforms including HBO, Verizon Fios, Comcast, Xfinity, and Dish Cable Networks. As a Writer, Alfonso has written content for BET+, WarnerMedia, BandWagan Media, and Viacom. He is an alumni of the 2020 HBO Directors Access Program, and three Film Independent programs: the Screenwriters Lab, FastTrack, and the Producers Lab. Currently Alfonso is in development for his debut feature film (The Legend of) Man-Child Kenny.
Ngozi Anyanwu‘s (Playwright) play Good Grief (Kilroys List 2016, semi finalist Princess Grace, Humanitas Award), in which Anyanwu also starred, ran Off-Broadway at Vineyard Theatre and was produced at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles in Spring 2017. Nike… (Kilroys List 2017) was recently workshopped at The New Black Fest in conjunction with The Lark and The Strand Festival in conjunction with A.C.T and Space on Ryder Farm. The Homecoming Queen (Kilroys List 2017, Leah Ryan Finalist) had its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater to a sold out run. Anyanwu has commissions with NYU, The Old Globe and The Atlantic Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre and has received residencies from LCT3, Space on Ryder Farm, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The New Harmony Project, New York Stage and Film and Page 73. She attended Point Park University (BA) and received her MFA in Acting from University of California, San Diego. And will be presenting a world premiere of her play The Last of the Love Letters at The Atlantic Theatre Company to open their upcoming season.