“Home Sweet Home” Poetry Contest

Do you long for home? Where is Home for you? What does home mean to you?


Here’s your chance to be featured on our blog, our website and at our 1st Annual Fundraiser in Brooklyn Heights


The poem’s inspiration should be “Home Sweet Home” and what that means to you.


If you are chosen your poem will not only be featured but also you will receive a 30% discount off the price of the Fundraiser ticket.


Submission Deadline: November 15th, 2013

Send all submissions with your name and contact info to masplayhouse@gmail.com

Come share your thoughts, come share our legacy!

“Home Sweet Home” Drawing Contest

Paint us a picture of Home? Where is it? What does it mean to you?


Here’s your chance to be featured on our blog, our website and at our 1st Annual Fundraiser in Brooklyn Heights


Your inspiration is “Home Sweet Home”


If you are chosen your drawing will not only be featured but also you will receive a 30% discount off the price of the Fundraiser ticket.


Submission Deadline: November 20th 2013

Send your submissions to masplayhouse@gmail.com



Casting for “Home”- A Play by Greg Anderson-Elysee

“Home” is a 10 min play that explores the connection, or lack thereof, of a young Haitian man to his Haitian roots and his journey home. This piece is will premiere on the same night of the world premiere of “Home Sweet Home”, the documentary that sparked the creation of this play. The night will explore the nostalgia associated with making the journey from the Caribbean and settling in the US.


Male- 40’s or 50’s Haitian or very good Haitian accent a must.

Female- 40’s or 50’s Haitian or very good Haitian accent a must.

Male- 20’s Haitian Male of very good Haitian Accent a must

Interview by appointment- send headshot and resume asap to masplayhouse@gmail.com.

Company: Ma’s Playhouse’s goal is to provide the Caribbean-American Actor and/or Playwright with a space and a voice that helps them to extensively explore and celebrate this duality through workshopping and full scale productions of new and old works, and to furthermore encourage intercultural understanding through an amalgamation of ideas, sharing of spaces and the production of culturally and emotionally driven works. For more info go to www.masplayhouse.comwww.masplayhouse.com/blog or join us on www.facebookcom/masplayhouse.

Derek Walcott Response on Custos

The poem “The Star-Apple Kingdom” starts with this pastoral painting. How do you get from that to the Caribbean? From paint to words. Is that a fair transition? Are you asking too much of your readers that way? First of all tell me about custos.

Derek Walcott replied saying “custos is an example of the things that happen in language in the Caribbean. A custos is a custodian. A Latin custos—custodoes meaning a god. It’s an old Jamaican word which may still be used for someone in charge of a parish, appointed by the government, I think. The custos of a parish is the guard. Continue reading

Stanley French Playwright of the Week

Stanley French, one of the Caribbean’s leading playwrights has died.  Born in 1937 in Castries, Saint Lucia, he attended the Methodist Primary School and St. Mary’s College, following which he moved to London where he completed the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of London in 1962.

In London, during the 1960’s, he was exposed to international literature, theatre and cinema, both modern and traditional. London was then a Caribbean intellectual hub nurturing writers and students grappling with issues of Caribbean self-determination and development. The city was a vibrant centre with many professional and “fringe” theatres, cinemas, bookshops and associated facilities.

French’s attraction to theatre began after he saw a St. Lucia Arts Guild performance of Derek Walcott’s play, The Sea at Dauphin at his alma mater the Methodist Primary School in the mid-1950s. It was directed by Roderick Walcott and determined his lifelong interest in grappling with the craft of playwriting.  London gave him opportunities to see performances by some of the world’s leading theatre companies. He developed a particular admiration for the work of the ancient Greek writers of tragedy, Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides. Continue reading

Kendel Hippolyte Accomplishments Across the Carribbean

Kendel Hippolyte has participated in poetry workshops by Derek Walcott famous playwright and poet. Both playwrights has been featured on MA’s Playhouse blog honoring their contribution to the Caribbean and Caribbean american society. He has himself designed and taught poetry workshops in various places such as Ty Newydd in Wales and the UWI Caribbean Writers Summer Workshop in Barbados. He has performed his work in the Caribbean, Europe and America at events such as the Miami International Book Fair, the Medellin Poetry Festival, Calabash Literary Festival, Vibrations Caraibes, the Havana Book Fair among others. In 2007, he won the Bridget Jones Travel Award to travel to England to present his one-man dramatized poetry production, Kinky Blues, at the annual conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies.

He has also established himself as an innovative playwright and director, authoring eight plays, and directing scores of others, including his own The Drum-Maker (1976), The Song of One (1995) and Triptych (2000), all of which have been published in drama anthologies. In 1984, he co-founded the Lighthouse Theatre Company in St. Lucia, and has long been involved in all aspects of the dramatic arts on the island. He has toured with theatre productions in the Caribbean and the UK. Continue reading

Kendel Hippolyte Playwright of the Week

Kendel Hippolyte is a St. Lucian poet, playwright, and director. Recently retired from academic work, his present focus is to use his skills as a writer and dramatist to raise public awareness and contribute to active solutions of critical social issues. As a poet, his writing ranges across the continuum of language from Standard English to the varieties of Caribbean English, and he has also written poems in Kweyol, his nation language.

He has published five books of poetry and authored eight plays. In 2000, he was awarded the St. Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) for Contribution to the Arts. His most recent book, Fault Lines, was the winner   of the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry.

Sourced at Saint Lucia Press Release.