TNC’s New City, New Blood Reading Series: NIJA’s Petty Grudge… Or the One Who Got Away?

By Chima Chikazunga
Directed by Chima Chikazunga
February 5 – February 5
Monday, February 5, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Theater for the New City

Executive Director, Crystal Field


NIJA’s Petty Grudge… Or the One Who Got Away?

Written and Directed by Chima Chikazunga

Monday, February 5, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Part of New City, New Blood Reading Series


$5 Suggested Donation

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)

Still struggling with the discovery his mother has dementia, and his would-be fiancé is dying of cancer, a former eligible bachelor must learn to cope with his reality after a jealous sibling steals money from their family for financial gain.

NIJA- Nihara Nichelle
CAROLINE – Amelia Anderson
CHAUNCEY – Chima Chikazunga
KHAYLEE- Amanda Centeno
KIERRA- Christine Luo

Playwright Bio – Chima Chikazunga is a graduate from Florida State University. Recently, his audio play An Icons Belief in Fallen Soldiers was commissioned by The Classical Theatre of Harlem and his play Echoes of a Lost Son won the 2019 Public Access Television Award. Over the years, his plays have had readings/ workshops with Classical Theatre of Harlem, Negro Ensemble Company, AND (Artistic New Development) Theatre Company, Theatre For the New City, INTAR , Midtown International Theatre Festival, Downtown Urban Arts Festival and The Players Theatre. Published work can be found in Best Women’s and Men’s Monologues 2022, and Best American Short Plays 2018-2019.

Director Bio-CHIMA CHIKAZUNGA studied at Florida State University
Some selected Full Length Plays Chima has directed are:

3 The Hard Way (11th Annual DUTF, MITF 2016),Sophies Sweet 16, (TFNC DREAM UP FESTIVAL 13) For Chance(TFNC DREAM UP FESTIVAL 14) The Accidental Kiss (TFNC DREAM UP FESTIVAL 15) Best Kept Secret (Reading -New City, New Blood Series TFNC) Touch My Heart Masterpiece (Reading -New City, New Blood Series TFNC) Not Just You (Reading -AND Theatre Co. 17,18) Echoes of a Lost Son-(Reading-DREAM UP FESTIVAL 18) NOT JUST YOU – AND Theatre Co. 17,18(Staring Austin Pendleton)—NOT JUST YOU (Workshop/Micro Development Grant -National Black Theatre)

Some selected Short / 0ne-Act Plays Chima has directed are:
3 Echoes (Short Play Festival (NYC), The Eye of the Wake(Ecclectics Festival, 2019), Convienience, (NYMadness (Jose Antonio Melain) “Echoes of a Lost Son-workshop-Cell Theatre NYC (AWOW) 2018 The Eye of the Wake-(Midtown Fringe Festival, 2016), We Re-Member- Leela Festival (Amy Oestreicher), Terrance-QED (Sharon Jasprizza)

Chima has directed a short film for The Breath Project called Me or You. Chima has also directed an audio play Shapes and Stanzas for R5 Productions, written by Ken Preuss.

Contact – IG @Chima_Clarke


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