1) “Here’s a bundle of sticks old wisdom has forgotten. Together they are strong, Apart, they are all rotten.”
Superstition: When I was a kid, if I was in a store and touched an item of clothing, I had to touch every other item of clothing on that rack because I thought the other clothes would get jealous and unleash a spiral of bad karma on me and my family.
Favorite Ti Jean quote: “Bird-o, bird-o!”
Where are you from: New Mexico
Meet Anel Carmona (Cricket)
1. Favorite quote from “Ti Jean and His Brothers”
“He who with the Devil tries to be fair
Weaves the net of his own despair.”
2. A superstition you recall from your childhood.
My parents told me once as a joke that if I stepped in the lines of the junctions in the sidewalk I would turn into a spider. I was to young to understand that it was a joke, so I would avoid those lines with all my might.
3. What drew you to this play?
I love this kind of fantasy Theatre that is barely done in NYC. I really enjoy working with elements of Physical Theatre, masks and acrobatics.
4. Where are you from?
Glenn Provost – Devil, Old Man, Planter
Lee Baptiste – Gros Jean
Antonevia Ocho-Coultes – Mi Jean
Octavia Chavez-Richmond – Ti Jean
Nanda Abella – Mother
Jaine Huenergard – Bolom
Alexander Scelso – Frog
Anel Carmona – Cricket
Leonie Bell – Bird
Alyssa Rapp – Firefly
Stephen M Hill – Goat, Werewolf
Vito Giancaspro – Creative Set Designer
Tim Dugan – Mask Consultant
Gillian Rougier – Sound Operator
MA’s Playhouse – Costume Design, Lighting Design
Director, Antonevia Ocho-Coultes has re-imagined this classic Walcott piece. It is a fairy tale like so many others that explores the fight between good and evil. It follows the journey of three brothers who each try their hand at defeating the devil, in an attempt to free themselves from their present poverty stricken predicament. The forest comes alive as all of nature rises to the challenge of this battle. It tackles the themes of power, wealth, the status quo and knowledge for its own sake, with such frivolity and depth, that it transports you at once to another world and yet grounds you in the realities of all times.
The production employs mask and animal work, as well as other world instruments in its bid to express the universality of this world. It’s as much fantasy and fate that a re-imagined look at the postcolonial Caribbean status quo can offer and much much more.
“It has been so exciting to explore this forest with its multicultural inhabitants and its complex yet dynamic challenges” Antonevia says. The show opens Jun 20th and runs for four performances. For tickets go to www.masplayhouse.com
MA’s Playhouse seeks to showcase the voice of the Caribbean, through showcasing the work of Caribbean/Caribbean American playwrights, actors, and artists. It seeks to produce new as well as established works. It encourages intercultural understanding in its multicultural approach to theater and prides itself on the production of culturally and emotionally driven works.
MA’s Playhouse presents: “Ti Jean and His Brothers”, a timeless contemporary Caribbean folktale play from Nobel Prize author, Derek Walcott.
MA’s Playhouse brings Ti Jean and His Brothers to the stage for four exclusive performances. It opens on June 20th at 6pm at The Maroney Theater located at 180 Remsen Street (7th fl. of Saint Francis College). Run time is approximately 1hr 40min with an intermission.
Ti Jean and His Brothers will run On June 20th and 21st at 6pm, On June 26th at 7:30 pm and On June 27th at 8:30pm. All tickets are $20.00 (or $10.00 for industry members with resume/headshot/business card). Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets. Media comps, photos, videos and interviews for Ti Jean and His Brothers are available upon request from 347 410-6382 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/694944
Devil/ Planter/Papa Bois – Seeking male who moves well and has a good command of language. Shakespeare exp is a plus
Gros Jean – Strength-Seeking male (20’s-30,s)
Mi Jean – Intellect Seeking Male (20’s-30’s)
Ti Jean – Wisdom Seeking Male (early 20’s)
Cricket/Chanteur/Dancer – Male/female – voice and dance experience is a plus
Frog/Chanteur/Dancer – Male/Female – voice and dance experience is a plus
Bird/Chanteur/Dancer – Male/Female – voice and dance experience is a plus
Firefly/ Chanteur/Dancer/Field – Male/Female – voice and Dance experience is a plus
Bolom: Male/Female- Dance or movement experience is a must.
Lighting Designer – Costume Designer- Sound Designer-Set Designer
This play goes up at the end of June. The performance dates are the 20th, 21st,26th and 27th of June. Rehearsals are from Tuesday to Saturday evenings in May.
Audition by appointment. Please submit a headshot and resume asap to Submissions@masplayhouse.com
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to interview Lauren K. Alleyne, the author of “Difficult Fruit”, a gripping poetic collage of her life’s journey thus far. It is compelling in its earnestness and rich in vibrant imagery. The interview went as follows:
1.Where are you from?
I am from cane fields and Convent, mango trees and cocoyea brooms; from my parents and my siblings, from the sea. I am from steel pan and calypso, Panorama and Parliament take overs. I am from David Rudder and Ras Shorty I. I am from pelau and roti, Mario’s and KFC. I am from ‘not enough’ and ‘make do’, from cut tail and church every Sunday, from friendships that string through time and distance. I am from Trinidad and Tobago, from New York, from Iowa, from Qatar, from Scotland, from this whole and wondrous world.
2.How if at all has your childhood in the Caribbean influenced your writing today?
It’s impossible not to be influenced by the place you grew up in! So many things from my childhood and the place of my birth and upbringing have left their mark on my writing– the Trini’s love of a good ole talk, the melodiousness of our accent, the inventiveness of a cuss out, the political savvy and social engagement of calypso, the abandon of Carnival, the love of ritual and religion, all of it has made me the writer I am.
3.Why the name Difficult Fruit?
The name “Difficult Fruit” comes from the long poem, “Eighteen,” and what’s at the heart of that poem, which I consider the heart of this collection is the idea of things coming to bear—in the case of that poem, a suppressed memory, but also a self strong enough to face that memory when it arises. When I decided on this title (there have been many titles!), I thought it captured everything I wanted to talk about—change, growth, transformation, the notion of coming into one’s own, which is never an easy task, but is a critical one. 4.How long have you been writing poetry? I’ve written for as long as I can remember, but the most formal writing outside of school that I did was write calypsos for my younger sister. I remember my piano teacher saying O, so you write poetry, when I told her this, and me with typical teenage scorn witheringly letting her know it was no such thing. When I came to NY for college, I wrote all the time as a way of marking occasions, feelings, and even then, I never thought I was ‘writing poetry’ just that I was clearing my head. It was really in Creative Writing class in college that I took in probably my junior year, that I really began to think of the craft of poetry, and moreover that poetry itself was something I could pursue as a discipline, and the rest, as they say, is herstory!
5.What do you hope your reader to take away from this work?
I really believe that readers take away from a work what they need, which is why our tastes change as we do, and our feelings about a book or poem we loved or hated might be altered the next time we encounter it. That said, I hope that whatever journey the poems take their readers on, that it is one that moves through struggle toward hope, that makes space for both celebration and grief, and that opens them in some deep and meaningful way.
For more information or to purchase a copy of Difficult Fruit please go to www.laurenkalleyne.com