Flambeaux The Caribbean Musical

Flambeaux  is an inspiring play written by the talented playwright Nandi Keyi. She is a playwright and a published author, whose work has been presented and produced on notable stages, journals and newspapers.

The play was directed by Roderick Warner and Lawrence Floyd. Flambeaux is a flaming torch used in processions at night. Flambeaux was set in fictional Homer’s Yard during Carnival where, Sybil, Big city, Lucretia, Mary, Ramjit, Breeze, Sagarat and neighbors are all striving for a sense of relevance and Home. Through song and dance we got an inside  glance into the spirit of the  people from Homer’s Yard. The play captured their sacrifice and struggles. [more…]

Flambeaux was surrounded by the death of a beloved stick-fighter “Sello,” played by Augustus Wilson during the 1880′s Trinidad celebration which sparks a drunken brawl with lit flambeaux, rousing the wrath of colonial authorities.The use of Calypso and other styles of music, choreography and Stickfighting, Flambeaux captures the repressed emotions the Trinidadian Community during the late 1880′s. According to the Caribbean news while the characters colorfully evoke the era, “Flambeaux” is also a historically accurate glimpse into a pivotal time in the history of Trinidad coinciding with the Camboulay Riots.

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The Cast:
Althea Alexis (sybil)
Augustus Wilson (sello)
Neil Dawson(Big City)
Ann Flanigan (Lucretia)
Donnell E. Smith (Sagarat)
Sparks (mister)
Angela Polite(Mary)
Shayne Powell (breeze)
Rrommel Tolentino( Ramjit)
Victoria L. Ward (Neighbor)
Marvel Allen (Neighbor)
Kenya Jacobs (Neighbor)
Araba Brown (Neighbor)
Andrew Clarke (Neighbor/Sello’s stickfight challenger)
Jude Evans (Neighbor)

Nandi Keyi Playwright of the Week

Nandi Keyi was born in London, England to parents from Trinidad & Tobago. Like many children of first generation Caribbean immigrants eking out a living in 1960s England, Nandi was dispatched, at age five, to spend the rest of her childhood years with relatives in the Caribbean.

Later she had a decade long journalism and theater career, writing hundreds of articles for major daily and community newspapers in North America before turning her attention to creative writing. Her critically-acclaimed plays have been produced and anthologized. Her essay “Still Shipwrecked on the Shores of My African Self,” was published by the international peer review journal, “Changing English: Studies in Research and Culture” (Taylor & Francis / University of London). The True Nanny Diaries is her debut novel.

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Derek Walcott Inspirational Plays

 

  • Cry for a Leader, produced in St. Lucia, 1950.
  • Senza Alcum Sospetto (radio play), broadcast 1950, produced as Paolo and Francesca, in St. Lucia, 1951.
  • (And director) Henri Christophe: A Chronicle in Seven Scenes (first produced in Castries, West Indies, 1950; produced in London, England, 1952), Barbados Advocate (Bridgetown, Barbados), 1950.
  • Robin and Andrea, published in Bim (Christ Church, Barados), 1950. [more…]
  • Three Assassins, produced in St. Lucia, West Indies, 1951.
  • The Price of Mercy, produced in St. Lucia, West Indies, 1951.
  • (And director) Harry Dernier: A Play for Radio Production (produced in Mona, Jamaica, 1952; radio play broadcast as Dernier, 1952), Barbados Advocate (Bridgetown, Barbados), 1952.
  • (And director) The Wine of the Country (produced in Mona, Jamaica, 1956), University College of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica), 1953.
  • The Sea at Dauphin: A Play in One Act (first produced in Mona, Jamaica, 1953; produced in Trinidad, 1954, London, England, 1960, New York, NY, 1978), Extra-Mural Department, University College of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica), 1954, also included in Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays (also see below).
  • Crossroads, produced in Jamaica, 1954.
  • (And director) The Charlatan, Walcott directed first production in Mona, Jamaica, 1954; revised version with music by Fred Hope and Rupert Dennison produced in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1973; revised version with music by Galt MacDermot produced in Los Angeles, 1974; revised version produced in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1977.
  • Ione: A Play with Music (first produced in Kingston, 1957), Extra-Mural Department, University College of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica), 1957.
  • Drums and Colours: An Epic Drama (first produced in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1958), published in Caribbean Quarterly, March-June, 1961.
  • (And director) Ti-Jean and His Brothers (first produced in Castries, St. Lucia, 1957; Walcott directed a revised version produced in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1958; produced in Hanover, NH, 1971; Walcott directed a production Off-Broadway at Delacorte Theatre, 1972; produced in London, 1986), included in Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays(also see below).
  • Malcauchon; or, The Six in the Rain (sometimes “Malcauchon” transliterated as “Malcochon”; one-act; first produced as Malcauchon in Castries, St. Lucia, 1959; produced as Six in the Rain, in London, England, 1960; produced Off-Broadway at St. Mark’s Playhouse, 1969), Extra-Mural Department, University of West Indies (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad), 1966, also included in Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays (also see below).
  • Jourmard; or, A Comedy till the Last Minute, first produced in St. Lucia, 1959; produced in New York, NY, 1962.
  • (And director) Batai (carnival show), produced in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1965.
  • (And director) Dream on Monkey Mountain (first produced in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1967; produced in Waterford, CT, 1969; and Off-Broadway at St. Mark’s Playhouse, 1970), included in Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays (also see below).
  • (And director) Franklin: A Tale of the Islands, first produced in Georgetown, Guyana, 1969; Walcott directed a revised version produced in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1973.
  • Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays (contains Dream on Monkey Mountain, The Sea at Dauphin,Malcauchon; or, The Six in the Rain, Ti-Jean and His Brothers, and the essay “What the Twilight Says: An Overture”), Farrar, Straus (New York, NY), 1970.
  • (And director) In a Fine Castle, (Walcott directed first production in Mona, Jamaica, 1970; produced in Los Angeles, CA, 1972), excerpt as Conscience of a Revolution published in Express (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad), October 24, 1971.
  • The Joker of Seville (musical; music by Galt MacDermot; adaptation of the play by Tirso de Molina; first produced in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1974), included in The Joker of Seville and O Babylon!: Two Plays (also see below).
  • (And director) O Babylon! (music by Galt MacDermot; Walcott directed first production in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1976; produced in London, England, 1988), included in The Joker of Seville and O Babylon!: Two Plays (also see below).
  • (And director) Remembrance (three-act; Walcott directed first production in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, December, 1977; produced Off-Broadway at The Other Stage, 1979 ; and London, England, 1980), included inRemembrance & Pantomime: Two Plays (also see below).
  • The Snow Queen (television play), excerpt published in People(Port-of-Spain, Trinidad), April, 1977.
  • Pantomime (first produced in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1978; produced London, England, 1979, Washington, DC, 1981, and Off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild Theater, 1986), included in Remembrance & Pantomime: Two Plays (also see below).
  • The Joker of Seville and O Babylon!: Two Plays, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY), 1978.
  • (And director) Marie Laveau (music by Galt MacDermot; first produced in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 1979), excerpts published in Trinidad and Tobago Review (Tunapuna), 1979.
  • Remembrance & Pantomime: Two Plays, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY), 1980.
  • Beef, No Chicken (Walcott directed first production in New Haven, CT, 1982; produced in London, England, 1989), included in Three Plays (also see below).
  • The Isle Is Full of Noises, first produced at the John W. Huntington Theater, Hartford, CT, 1982.
  • Three Plays (contains The Last Carnival, Beef, No Chicken, and A Branch of the Blue Nile), Farrar, Straus (New York, NY), 1986.
  • Steel, first produced at the American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1991.
  • The Odyssey: A Stage Version, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY), 1993.
  • (With Paul Simon) The Capeman: A Musical (produced on Broadway at the Marquis Theater, December, 1997), Farrar, Straus (New York, NY), 1998.
  • The Haitian Trilogy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (New York, NY), 2002.

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“IF WALLS COULD TALK” written & directed by David Tulloch

The Jamaican Gleaner reported IF WALLS COULD TALK is a must see for Caribbean goers. The play is a dramatic comedy that takes the audience into the lives and marriage of The Bailey’s. Melvin and Jennifer Bailey are owners of a struggling hardware store and married for eleven years. They have tried so many times to have children but to no avail. [more…]

This is primarily because Jennifer suffers from a terminal condition known as uterine incompetence. What this does is to allow Jennifer to conceive but eventually she will have a miscarriage. Driven by guilt and her profound love for her husband whom she believes is ‘perfect’ and whom she failed at providing a family for, she decided to ask their loyal helper, Cindy to carry the child for her. This way she keeps it in house and without many people knowing. The thing is she granted her husband the permission to have a child with their helper based on the fact that she thought he was the perfect husband. Lucky for him Walls do not talk, or do they? So in a highly dramatic, hilarious comedy a husband’s conscience rescues his marriage ,but is it in time?

THE CREATIVE TEAM
Playwright David Tulloch
Producer Probemaster Entertainment
Director & Lighting Designer David Tulloch
Stage Manager Dacoda Mitchell
Set Design David Tulloch
Set Construction Lopez Atlan
Set Painter Kirk Nunes
Set Dressing Karl Hart
Costume Design David Tulloch

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Derek Walcott A Poet and a Visionary

He had an early sense of a vocation as a writer. In the poem “Midsummer” (1984),

he wrote:
“Forty years gone, in my island childhood, I felt that
the gift of poetry had made me one of the chosen,
that all experience was kindling to the fire of the Muse.”

– Walcott

At 14, Walcott published his first poem, a Miltonic, religious poem in the newspaper, The Voice of St Lucia. An English Catholic priest condemned the Methodist-inspired poem as blasphemous in a response printed in the newspaper.

By 19, Walcott had self-published his two first collections with the aid of his mother, who paid for the printing: 25 Poems (1948) and Epitaph for the Young: XII Cantos (1949). He sold copies to his friends and covered the costs.
He later commented,

“I went to my mother and said, ‘I’d like to publish a book of poems, and I think it’s going to cost me two hundred dollars.’ She was just a seamstress and a schoolteacher, and I remember her being very upset because she wanted to do it. Somehow she got it—a lot of money for a woman to have found on her salary. She gave it to me, and I sent off to Trinidad and had the book printed. When the books came back I would sell them to friends. I made the money back.”

-Walcott

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Derek Walcott Playwright of the Week

Walcott was born and raised in Castries, Saint Lucia, in the West Indies with a twin brother, the future playwright Roderick Walcott, and a sister, Pamela Walcott. His family is of African and European descent, reflecting the complex colonial history of the island which he explores in his poetry. His mother, a teacher, loved the arts and often recited poetry around the house. His father, who painted and wrote poetry, died at age 31 from mastoiditis while his wife was pregnant with the twins Derek and Roderick, who were born after his death. Walcott’s family was part of a minority Methodist community, who felt overshadowed by the dominant Catholic culture of the island established during French colonial rule.

As a young man Walcott trained as a painter, mentored by Harold Simmons, whose life as a professional artist provided an inspiring example for him. Walcott greatly admired Cézanne and Giorgione and sought to learn from them.

Walcott studied as a writer, becoming “an elated, exuberant poet madly in love with English” and strongly influenced by modernist poets such as T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

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Yvonne Weekes: Playwright, Poet & Mother

According to Peepal Tree Press Yvonne Weekes legacy living on today. She is remembered in Montserrat as the inspired and dynamic director of the Rainbow Theatre Company, with brilliant productions of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Old Story Time, and other Caribbean plays, which she produced while working as Director of Culture on the island. She also took part in the satirical play ‘Women + Men + Women’ at Carifesta in Trinidad. It is a pleasure to have this book available and added to the growing volcano literature that has evolved during Montserrat’s volcanic period.

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