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The reviews are in!


“Ayana Major Bey dazzles in "Minnie the Moocher." She steals the show with her soulful and confident performance. Her most memorable moment is "Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer" but her impressive vocal range, charm, and killer facial expressions make her performance standout in many of the numbers.” –Natasha Ashley, Broadway World


This is a contemporary play that will become a classic. Bey and Aja are excellent. The intimacy they create with each other allows us to relax, to watch without feeling like we are snooping, because we are not there. They are two of the most intelligent and committed actors I have seen this year and I will be looking for them from now on.  –Constance Rodgers, Front Row Center

“A Man” and “A Woman” are dynamically portrayed by the effervescent duo of Amara James Aja and Ayana Major Bey who have a tremendous rapport with each other. Their youthful energy, athleticism, and rich vocal abilities inform their entrancing characterizations.  Each have many great moments……and Ms. Bey’s rhapsodic recollection of a party is just a highlight of their grand performances.  –Darryl Reilly,

Kudos has to be given to Aja and Bey’s performances because they turn Ridley’s work into an ethereal documentary on love and bring nuance to how terrifying and terrific love is to its participants. They use their characters like tools to explain why human beings seek love even if it leaves us blind. Their blend of guttural/celestial choreography and gorgeous language turned into basic “Relationships 101” will leave audiences breathless. –Diandra Reviews,


Ayana makes her Off (Off) Broadway Debut in Tender Napalm

In Tender Napalm a young couple come face to face with an unimaginable tragedy. Will their love be able to withstand their grief? Struggling between fantasy and reality, they dream themselves into the secret places of their love and desire, back to the ecstasy of their first kiss. Explosive, poetic and brutal, the play re-examines and re-defines the language of love…and how that love struggles to survive. If you think you know love, think again.

With approval from award-winning UK playwright Philip Ridley, director David Norwood brings a unique vision to this acclaimed play, seen through the eyes of an African-American couple living in NYC. Norwood's objective is to re-examine and re-define how black love and loss are portrayed in the American theatre.

This poetic two-hander originally premiered in London in 2011, before making a limited engagement Off-Broadway debut in 2012 to critical acclaim.


Previews begin July 18 at HERE Arts Center with opening set for July 24.


JULY 18-AUGUST 4, 2019

Run Time: 75 minutes. One Act. No Intermission 

(* Mature Audiences Suggested. Adult Language and Themes. Many of these themes are portrayed representationally or abstractly)

Here Arts Center 
145 6th Ave
New York, NY 10013


All Night Strut at The RedHouse Theater

Closing out the season at Redhouse Performing Arts Center in Syracuse, NY is the show "The All Night Strut" and joining the cast is Ayana Major Bey!

There are only 8 performances so get your tickets!

Preview Night:
Thu May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Fri May 31, 2019 - 8:00pm

Sat June 1, 2019 - 8:00pm
Sun June 2, 2019 - 2:00pm
Thu June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Fri June 7, 2019 - 8:00pm
Sat June 8, 2019 - 8:00pm
Sun Jun 9, 2019 - 2:00pm 

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