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The terras are calling out to us

Signaling to us…

They leave post it notes on polluted shores

Secret memos in the arctic cracks

Bellow to us from decaying plasticated feathered bellies

Whisper to us from creeping sandy masses

Lament to us through oil stained faces

Global warming is terra forming


As we terra rize the land

Terra rize the people

This “terre” shape shifts

To sustain itself


Abandoned by its overseers

It sees to itself now, sees that it survives now, at all cost—at our cost

Small price to pay for balance


It must shed itself of its most egregious violators

Raise the temperature, burn the chaff, drown the land

Submerge itself in protection

Hello, Hello, someone please pick up!


AOC 2017

Grapevine Series


MA’s home!

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MA’s home!
Posted on February 10, 2017

Hi Everyone,

We’re back for 2017. It’s been sometime since there has been activity on this page and we are rearing to go! Thank you for all of those who have and continue to support us. We look forward to bringing you content from and inspired by the Caribbean region. Some exciting highlights for this year include a Song and Dance Cabaret Fundraiser in NYC as well as a paired theatrical event featuring a new play, “Sign Language and Swahili” as well as “The Migrants of Midnight” We will also be launching several poetry series: The Grapevine Series, The Standpipe Series and the Pipeline Series. Check out MA’s Playhouse for details.

If you would like to become a contributor through your time, content or membership please feel free to contact us at We are currently looking for additional contributors for the Grapevine and Standpipe series. We are also searching for island ambassadors to report on island specific cultural events of the theatrical and artistic bent. If you have any questions please feel free to email us.


Through the Rear View: A Concert Event

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On Sunday December 7th at 4pm, come ride shot gun into the past and into the many iterations of love. Through the Rear-view will ring in your December with warmth and nostalgia for that wholesome yet elusive stranger called love. The evening with Jazz and Classical inspirations dedicated to looking back and moving forward in truth. The honesty and the passion will move you beyond your seats and transport you to your favorite moments of love.

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Featuring Guest Artists: Mercedes Lewis, Michael Moss, and Sharina Louise

Tickets can be purchased at out ticketing site: Brown Paper tickets.

Interview with Vito Giancaspro (Set Designer)

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1. What’s your name and role in this play?

– Vito Giancaspro : Creative Set Designer

2. What drew you to this project?

–  I have been producing events and multimedia exhibitions in New York and Italy since 1997. Besides curating exhibitions for visual artists, I have also designed stages for dance performance and fashion show. It is with my great enthusiasm that I have accepted the invitation by the MA’sPlayhouse director, Antonevia O. Coultes to collaborate at “Ti Jean and His Brothers” play.

3. I wanted to work with you because looking at your large drawing titled “Points of View”, I felt like I had stepped into the forest world of Ti Jean. What was your inspiration for this piece that seems to incorporate so much of the soul of a Caribbean/tropical forest?

–  I want to thank you for your statement about feeling absorbed by the entire environment depicted on canvas, such as my drawing, “Points of View” representing a corner of the Puerto Rican rainforest. In fact my goal was to welcome the observer to experience the totality of the environment and to feel-like being dragged into the reproduction of  the natural resource, such a the Caribbean/tropical forest. This particular artwork is part of a Triptych as the private collection of one of my clients who committed me the drawing of a forest. I personalized the idea by choosing the rainforest during my visit to Puerto Rico, in which I fell totally in love. Besides the perspective of the waterflow I also included the optical effect of depth by adding and shaping a series of curving trees toward the center of the canvas in order to create the illusion of the aerial perspective.

4. How has your experience been of working with MA’sPlayhouse?

–  My experience working with MA’sPlayhouse director Antonevia, has been pleasant and dynamic while following deadlines and taking care of transportations and installation issues of materials for the set design. My keen eye for details, such as building, shaping the real objects and installing them on the stage for the show, met Antonevia’s sensibility in being caring, aware, and concerned about the maintenance of such objects, to be preserved during and after the play. My collaborative work with MA’sPlayhouse is still in progress and I thank you Antonevia for being helpful and available as a great leader and team player in order to meet the play and community needs, related to the targeted audience expectations.

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Gillian Rougier (Light Tech)

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My favorite quote is when Bolom says, “I’m born. I will die. I’m born. I will die.”

A superstition from childhood: if you had a red mark on your neck, it probably meant that a succuyah had bitten you the night before, while you were sleeping.

What drew me to this play: I was drawn to the folkloric aspect present in the play. I’m also really drawn to the existential questions and themes in the play.

Where I’m from: I’m from Trinidad and Tobago.


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Jaine Huenergard (Bolom)

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1. Your favorite quote from Ti Jean? Devil: “Yet we were one light once up there, the old Man and I, till even today some can’t tell us apart.”

2. a superstition you recall from your childhood: Because of the movie “One Crazy Summer” and my Dad, I thought that if you were making a strange obnoxious face and someone slapped you on the back at the same time, your face would stay that way forever.

3. What drew you to this play? The language of the play is so rich and built with so many layers to dig into. Folktales and stories of Good vs. Evil are also always intriguing to me and pull you into a world that is both mysterious and strangely familiar. How do you pick a side when neither one is as it seems?

4. Where are you from? Born in Taegu,South Korea, adopted, grew up in Belfair, Washington.

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Leonie Bell (Bird)

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1. Favorite quote from “Ti Jean and His Brothers”: “Come, then,
     Stretch your wings and soar, pass over the fields
     Like the last shadow of night, imps, devils, bats,
     Eazaz, Beelzebub, Cacarat, soar! Quick, quick, the sun!”
2. Childhood superstition: Look each other in the eyes when you cheers each other, or you will have seven years of bad luck/sex!
3. What drew you to this play? I grew up with Grimm’s fairytales as a large part of my literary and imaginative life. Ti Jean and His Brothers, offers
    similar sensibilities- humor, desire, magic, and danger. Derek Walcott proves once again, fairytales are rarely meant for
4.Where are you from?: I was born and raised in a German-American household in Berlin, Germany.

Meet Lee Ryan (Gros Jean)

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1. My favorite line in “Ti Jean and His Brothers” would have to be from scene one ” I have an iron arm is only money I missing.
2. Childhood superstition: When I was younger and I had the hiccups my mom with wet her hand in her saliva and make a cross over my forehead it actually works.
3. What drew you to this play: The character humor and his strength and the way I identified with the role.
4. Where are you from: I’m from brooklyn New york.