41st Anniversary Season

Ujima Theater • 429 Plymouth Ave., Bflo, NY, 14213

Update from Ujima Company

As of Monday March 16, 2020, Ujima Company offices and performance space are

closed until April 20, 2020. At that time we will reevaluate the situation and

determine our next steps. Our theatre season, training program, and on-site community performances are suspended until further notice. New dates for The Gospel at Colonus and Spunk, will be determined and announced at a later date. 

If you have already purchased tickets for either of these shows, we are happy to transfer them to another date or offer a full refund. We are happy to hold onto your ticket purchase until new dates are determined. You may also wish to consider offering your ticket purchase as a donation to Ujima Company.

Please contact the box office for assistance with the donation, return, or transfer of your tickets.

Email: boxoffice@ujimacoinc.org

Phone number: 716-281-0092

Our staff, company members, board members, and consultants continue to work remotely.  We are imagining new ways to serve and remain connected to you during this time of uncertainty. We are keeping our solar-powered engine running and will hit the ground running when we resume activities.

Right now we are working to ensure our artists and contractors are taken care of. If you would like to help, you can donate to our COVID-19 response fund. Any amount is helpful. Your donation will go toward:

  • Paying actor and artist stipends for The Gospel at Colonus cast and crew who rehearsed for three weeks prior to shutdown

  • Recovery of loss in ticket sales 

  • Payment of monthly bills including rent and utilities 

Ujima Company has been in operation for 41 years thanks to the love and support of our beloved community. We will make it through this with your help. This we know to be true. 

While we face uncertain and frankly terrifying times ahead, we will continue the work. There will always be art that needs to be made, voices that need to be heard, and love that needs to be shared. 


From our family to yours -

Lorna, Maria, and everyone that is Ujima Company 

Stay home.

Stay safe.

Thu/Fri/Sat @ 7PM • Sun @ 4PM

The Gospel at Colonus

Conceived and Adapted by Lee Breuer,

Music Composed by Bob Telson


Lorna C. Hill, Director • Karen Saxon, Music Director • Naila Ansari, Choreographer

                                                                 At its heart, The Gospel at Colonus is the story of a man who has suffered greatly and                                                                      lost his home and possessions through no fault of his own; a man who, accompanied by

his daughters, is now in search of a place to die in peace. It is the story of a community that opens its arms to him and his family and offers them solace and a final resting place. Inspired by the joyous faith at the heart of African-American Christianity, with Greek myth replacing Bible story, The Gospel at Colonus seamlessly blends the agony of Greek tragedy and the ecstasy of American gospel music. It is a sermon on the ways of fate and particularly on a happy death – sung acted and preached by members of the congregation and choir who assume the characters of the “play” with the ground-shaking thunder of a gospel revival meeting.

The Gospel at Colonus is a landmark work of the American musical theatre that has been nominated for, and won, many awards, including an OBIE for Outstanding Musical, finalist for Pulitzer (1995), a Tony, and a Grammy for best-recorded theatrical score. It is an adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus, performed as an oratorio set in a black church.

This will be our next show. Dates to be determined.

Tickets: Gen/$35 • Seniors/$25 • Students & Veterans/$20               

Dates to be determined

Thu/Fri/Sat @ 7PM • Sun @ 4PM


Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston

Adapted for the stage by George C. Wolfe

music by Chic Street Man 

Lorna C. Hill, director


Hurston’s evocative prose and Wolfe’s unique theatrical style blend to create an evening of theatre that celebrates the human spirit’s ability to overcome and endure.  Utilizing the blues, choral narrative and dance,  the three tales focus on men men and women trapped inside the “laughin’ kind of lovin’ kind of hurtin’ kind of pain that comes from being human.”  

The first of the three tales, SWEAT tells the story of a young washerwoman

who is abused and betrayed by her estranged husband, and of her ultimate

triumph over him.  The second piece, STORY IN HARLEM SLANG, is told in 1940s Harlemese. It is the story of two street lotharios trying to outhustle each other and win the favor of—and a meal from—a domestic on her payday afternoon off.  The third tale, THE GILDED SIX BITS, is a bittersweet story of an adoring husband’s betrayal by his loving but innocent wife.

Tickets: Gen/$35 • Seniors/$25 • Students & Veterans/$20               

Ujima means "collective work and responsibility"

Ujima Company’s strength lies in its reliability, the consistency of its artistic vision, and its adherence to the principles embodied by the Swahili word for which it is named. For four decades, under the leadership of founder and artistic director Lorna C. Hill, the company has provided diverse Western New York audiences with solid, professional theatre experiences. While firmly rooted in the many traditions of African-American theatre, Ujima includes in its long history, productions from the traditions of other people of color, from other countries and cultures, and from the all-encompassing spectrum of traditional and contemporary American theatre. Ujima is constantly growing, evolving, improving.

Ujima Company, Inc. has moved.

We are now located at 429 Plymouth Ave., Buffalo, NY, 14213

Please click this link to help us complete our new theatre!

Make ticket purchases below.

Make reservations via email to boxoffice@ujimacoinc.org or call 716-281-0092 and leave your, name, phone number, date attending, and number of tickets required. 


Please refer to the following policies regarding your ticket purchase:

  • The BOX OFFICE opens one hour before show time. 

  • Your reservations must be paid for at least 24 hours prior to performance.

  • Reserved and or pre-paid tickets (will-call), including group sales and subscriptions, must be picked up no later than one half hour before the scheduled curtain time. 

  • We reserve the right to re-sell your ticket after that time. 


NB: Refunds are only given for cancelled performances.




In addition to the 429 Plymouth Ave. lot, street parking is available on Plymouth Ave, Normal Ave, as well as side streets. Please be mindful of parking signs and be respectful of our neighbors' driveways/private property. Additional parking in a nearby school lot is also available. Please refer to our main ticketing page for this information. 

Any questions or concerns can be directed to our box office at boxoffice@ujimacoinc.org or via phone at (716) 281-0092. 

We hope you will enjoy the show and we look forward to welcoming you into our new home!

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