A Celebration of Lorna's Legacy
Thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend for our livestream of #LornaCHillLove: Celebrating Lorna's Legacy! If you missed our shows last weekend you can watch it at this link:
We invite you to like, comment, and subscribe to our Youtube channel where we will be showing future shows, presentations, and livestreams.
On behalf of Lorna and the Ujima family we greatly appreciate all of the talented and loving folks who helped to make this tribute possible and to each and everyone of you who tuned it to share in the love.
If you would like to get involved with the continuation of this project please feel free to share your messages, performances, and/or art pieces via the #ArtThatHeals submission link in the post below.
If you would like to directly support Lorna and her family during this time please visit the GoFundMe page managed by Lorna's family. Please click on the respective button below.
If you would like to support Ujima Company during this time you can donate to us at the button below.
In an effort to come together as an art community to share in one another's healing, Ujima is launching our #ArtThatHeals project. We are desperately missing the love and healing that comes from our interactions with one another. Many of us have turned towards art to find that which we are missing right now. Help others share in that healing by submitting what art is healing you at this moment. This can be art of your creation or art that you admire and cling to. This is an ongoing project and we will accept and share pieces on a rolling basis. You can submit your art via the button below and please feel free to submit more than once!
*Note this submission form is also used for specific art pieces in dedication to Lorna as well.
dunbar project online
Ujima's pre-professional theatre arts training program is now offering online sessions. This program offers young theatre artists interdisciplinary training in acting, music, dance, and technical theatre. Classes and lessons are taught by professional artists with significant performance and teaching experience.
The online program is now accepting new students on a rolling basis. Register today to be a part of this prestigious program!
41st Anniversary Season
Ujima Theater • 429 Plymouth Ave., Bflo, NY, 14213
Update from Ujima Company
As of Monday March 16, 2020, our theatre season, training program, and on-site community performances are suspended and will resume after the veil lifts.
New dates for The Gospel at Colonus and Spunk will be announced at a later date, so please, watch this site.
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.
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
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.
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The BOX OFFICE opens one hour before show time.
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We reserve the right to re-sell your ticket after that time.
NB: Refunds are only given for cancelled performances.
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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.
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We hope you will enjoy the show and we look forward to welcoming you into our new home!