Edgar White Playwright of the week

EDGAR NKOSI WHITEBy Dr Alda TerraccianoEdgar Nkosi White was born in the Caribbean island of Montserrat on 4 April 1947 and brought to the United States in 1952, living in Spanish/English speaking Harlem, New York. He was educated at Yale University and New York Theological Seminary where he respectively completed his studies in Drama and Theology. At the age of eighteen his first play, The Mummer’s Play (1965) was produced by Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York.

According to the publication the success of this production, which revealed his talent as a playwright, convinced the producer to stage his next four plays, including The Crucificado a drama set within the Hispanic community in Harlem, New York.Disillusioned with the Church, Edgar White’s interest in the relationship between man and God began to be increasingly transferred in his writings. Continue reading

Barbara Gloudon Playwright of the Week

Jamaican born Barbara Gloudon is a journalist, playwright, writer, and the first female chair of the Jamaican Council Institute for the Arts. Gloudon has worked extensively with Jamaica’s Little Movement Theatre Company (LTM) has written an extensive number of pantomimes for them. Her pantomime The Pirate Princess first staged in Jamaica in 1981 was later produced by Temba Theatre Company for the 1986 Black Theatre Season.

Productions

Production Date Theatre
Anansi Come Back 1995 Hackney Empire Theatre
The Pirate Princess 1986 Arts Theatre

Sourced at National Theatre Plays Archive.

VERSES Occasioned by a Young Lady’s asking the Author, What was a Cure for Love?

From me, my Dear, O seek not to receive
What e’en deep-read Experience cannot give.
We may, indeed, from the Physician’s skill
Some Med’cine find to cure the body’s ill.
But who e’er found the physic for the soul,
Or made th’ affections bend to his controul?
When thro’ the blaze of passion objects show
How dark ‘s the shade! how bright the colours glow!
All the rous’d soul with transport’s overcome,
And the mind’s surly Monitor is dumb. Continue reading

Dithyrambic on Wine | Godfrey Thomas

Godfrey’s The Court of Fancy (1762) was the first, and most pronounced, American use of Chaucerian work (in this case Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Parlement of Foules; circa 1378–1381) that broke free of traditional eighteenth-century verse. Included in Juvenile Poems on Various Subjects, it emphasized collegiality, which was a testament to Godfrey’s appreciation of the circle of artists he had befriended in Philadelphia. This theme is evident in his drinking song, “Dithyrambic on Wine”:

Come! Let Mirth our hours employ,
The jolly God inspires;
The rosy juice our bosom fires,
And tunes our souls to joy.

-Godfrey, Thomas (playwright)

Godfrey Thomas Playwright of The Week

Son of Thomas Godfrey (1704–1749), a Philadelphia glazier and member of Benjamin Franklin’s Junto Club, Godfrey produced some significant work in his short life.
Well known in literary circles in Philadelphia, he was a close friend of the poet Nathaniel Evans and the college provost William Smith. In 1758 he left Philadelphia for Wilmington, North Carolina, to enter business.
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Derek Walcott Poetry: A Far Cry from Africa

 A Far Cry From Africa

By Derek Walcott, Nobel Literature Laureate, Saint Lucia, West Indies.

A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt
Of Africa, Kikuyu, quick as flies,
Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt.
Corpses are scattered through a paradise.
Only the worm, colonel of carrion, cries:
’Waste no compassion on these separate dead!’
Statistics justify and scholars seize
The salients of colonial policy.
What is that to the white child hacked in bed?
To savages, expendable as Jews? Continue reading

The Birth of The Alfred Fagon Award

The circumstances  concerning Alfred Fagon’s death was quite contestable since most people wasn’t quite sure based on the information posted online regarding his death, required some further explanation. On the 29th August 1986  Alfred Fagon experienced a fatal heart attack while jogging home.

The police at the time proclaimed that they  were not able to locate any identifiable documents on him, as a result he was given a pauper’s funeral. When he did not turn up for a meeting at the BBC they contacted his agent Harriet Cruickshank who eventually discovered what had happened to him. Alfred Fagon’s friends and family decided to set up an award in his name, to celebrate and recognize writers of Caribbean and African descent. Continue reading

MA’s Playhouse Profile of the Week in The West Indian Newspaper

“It is seldom that one finds a young person that is talented, well-spoken and thrive on challenges. Antonevia Ocho-Coultes is the founder and Artistic Director of MA’s Playhouse, New York.  A company that is committed to bringing the cultures of the Caribbean to a wider audience in the North America.”

“MA’s Playhouse aims to showcase the voice of the Caribbean, its playwrights, actors, and poets. The company has been doing really well so far. It’s first  performance ‘Nostalgia, Memories of a Tropical Past’ was a sold-out affair and the public demanded more. According to Antonevia the performance was, about people coming ad talking about growing up in the Caribbean and there voices in New York relating to their experience about living in the Metropolis. The performance was set to a backdrop of pan, guitar and drums.”[more…]

“Antonevia has bold plans for MA’s Playhouse. She wants to see it thriving and come to a place where it is serving the community fully.  As you can see Antonevia is a rare talent that has a far way to go. she is making a positive difference and we wish her and her family all the best in the future. Please contact masplayhouse@gmail.com or www.masplayhouse.com or via Facebook at facebook.com/masplayhouse.”

Author: Dr. Dhanpaul Narine of the West Indian Newspaper.