The Landlord Cast

Casting is now complete for the Signature Bahamian production for Shakespeare in Paradise 2015, The Landlord by Sam Boodle. Directed by Shakespeare in Paradise’s Artistic Director, Philip A. Burrows, the production goes into rehearsal on July 1st and is scheduled to have both student matinee and public performances during the festival. Last seen on stage in Nassau in 2003, this play has been a popular one for Bahamian audiences throughout the years and we thought it was time for it come back again after a break of twelve years.

Here are the cast members for this production: d&lDion Johnson will play ‘Willie Paul’ the mechanic of Haitian decent who lives in one of the houses that share a common yard. Johnson is presently preparing to once again play ‘Styles/Buntu’ in Sizwe Banzi is Dead as he and Mark Humes (‘Sizwe’) get ready to perform that play in Cayman later this year.

Coming off of her three-character tour de force performance in The 39 Steps,   Leslie Ellis-Tynes will take on the role of ‘Olga Newbold’, the independent woman of the yard. Leslie should be familiar to many Bahamians as an actress, voice-over artist and radio and television personality aka Leslie LezzBoogie.b&vBrentwood Thompson will play ‘Ellis’ the rent dodging gigolo who is conveniently absent on rent day, or any other day the Landlord comes calling. Thompson is best known as a performer with James Catalyn and Friends, having been in just about every production the company has done since 2011. Brentwood was also in the film Crazy Love and in season two of Gippie’s Kingdom

Valicia Rolle
plays ‘Sarah Roberts’ the man-stealing daughter of the play’s chief rent dodger ‘Mabel Newton’. Rolle returns to Shakespeare in Paradise having played two roles in 2010 in our evening of Jeanne Thompson’s one acts, “Out of Wedlock”. First as the conniving ‘Young Sweetheart’ in Father’s Day and then as ‘Maude’, the housekeeper, in Back of the Moon, seeking justice from the Priest who got her pregnant.R&RRichard Johnson will play ‘Mr. Ben’ the yard’s elder statesman. Having spent his time on the contract, ‘Mr. Ben’ is content to sit out in the yard all day and take on anyone who would join him in a friendly game of checkers but does he really cheat? Richard was recently featured in.

Rosemary Barrett
plays ‘Mabel Newton’ the Landlord’s real cross. She refuses to pay any rent until she can be told “how much dis roach ness worth”. Barrett most recently played a ‘Neighbour (Christian Woman)’ in The Legend of Sammie Swain who chastises the young people about their “vulgar” dancing only to be caught up in the middle of the Jumpin’ Dance during the celebrations.R&LRudy Levarity will play ‘Rufus Clarke’ the long-suffering Landlord who had no idea the hurdles he would have to go through to just collect his rent. Levarity, so far, is the only actor in this production that returns to this play having played the same character some twelve years ago. Rudy was recently featured in Island Boy.

Leah Duncombe plays ‘Carla Darling’ who is on a quest to find the woman who has been seeing her husband. Darling was seen in Ian Strachan’s Pa and the Preacher (on stage) and Gippie’s Kingdom (on television). Other productions include, Jacinta and the Devil, First Things First and Sarah’s Wedding.scottScott Adderley will play ‘Jakes’ (the Fishman). A close friend of ‘Mr. Ben’ from their days on the Contract together, the two still hang out to drink and play checkers. Adderley joins Rudy Levarity to become the second actor in this production to return to The Landlord, having played the character of ‘Jakes’ back in the 2003 Ringplay production. Scott is probably one of the most familiar actors in Ringplay/Shakespeare in Paradise having participated in a number of the group’s productions over the years.

Announcing Shakespeare in Paradise 2015!!!

Shakespeare in Paradise announces the lineup for its
7th annual theatre festival which takes place
October 2nd through October 10th.

The signature Shakespeare work this year will be Twelfth Night, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Patti Anne-Ali who returns to Shakespeare in Paradise after a break of five years. Patti directed our first two Shakespeare offerings, The Tempest (with Craig Pinder) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Student matinees begin on September 28th and the production closes on October 3rd. This production will take place on the Main Stage at the Dundas.

The signature Bahamian play for this year’s festival will be Sam Boodle’s The Landlord. This hilarious comedy opens on October 6th and closes on October 10th. Student matinees run October 6th-9th. The director is Philip A. Burrows and performances for this work will also take place on the Main Stage at the Dundas.

Two new works we’re calling Murder & Poetry will play at the Black Box Theatre at the Dundas. This evening features a new one act play by Patrick Rahming called Miss Ethel’s Kitchen which is the murder part of our evening. The play’s main focus is on the kitchen staff at Westbourne during the events surrounding the murder of Sir Harry Oakes and trial of his son-in-law. The second half of the evening is a workshop production featuring the poetry of leading Bahamian poets. The directors for this evening are Nicolette Bethel and Erin Knowles.

Also at the Black Box Theatre this year will be our international offering, Pantomime by Derek Walcott. Director Henry Muttoo returns, having brought us One White, One Black in our very first festival. This production originates in Florida, then moves to SiP en route to the Cayman Islands. With him also come Marc Powers, the Director of the USF Schools of Theatre, Dance, Art and Music who will play the role of ‘Trewe’ and David Bereaux, the brilliant Trinidadian actor and Calypsonian, playing the role of ‘Jackson’.

The final work of the festival is a one-woman piece featuring that favourite of the Bahamian stage, Claudette “Cookie” Allens. This evening, called Cookie: 50 Years on Stage, is just that — a look back at Ms. Allens’ life in the theatre over the past 50 years. Cookie will be joined by a few friends and together they will tell the story not only of her stellar acting career but also of her volunteer work at the Dundas. This production will be traveling to various venues during the festival and is written and directed by Philip A. Burrows.

Auditions for the festival will begin near the end of June and will continue through the end of July. All audition notices will be posted on our Facebook page as well as emailed in our Ringplay mailout. To keep up to date with Shakespeare in Paradise 2015, like us on Facebook or subscribe to our mailing list!

And tell your friends to do so as well! We look forward to yet another successful year at Shakespeare in Paradise.

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R.I.P. Radel Parks and family

The Bahamian theatre community has lost a prominent member with the death on Sunday November 9 of Radel Parks (née Hanna), who, with her husband Lavard (“Manifest”) and their son Johannan, were with Dr Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth-Ann on the ill-fated private jet which crashed in Freeport, Grand Bahama, killing all on board.

Shakespeare in Paradise, its parent company Ringplay Productions, and the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts all join in with Bahamas Faith Ministries and the wider Bahamian community in mourning their loss.

In particular, we wish to recognize Radel for her work in Bahamian theatre. Along with her twin sister Ranel Pierre, she was a founder of Redemptive Productions. Radel was a playwright, actor, director, and producer who attended the very first production workshop put on by Ringplay Productions in 2005.

Our hearts are heavy. Our community has lost a light. We especially hold Ranel in our thoughts and prayers. She has lost a sister, a collaborator, a partner. Radel will be missed dearly.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf


October 3, 4, 5 & 6, 8 PM, Dundas Black Box

Written by Ntozake Shange
Directed by Nicolette Bethel
Featuring Claudette Allens, Oniké Archer, Aleah Carey, Michaella Forbes, Arthellia Isaacs, Erin Knowles, Myra McPhee, & Theresa Moxey-Ingraham

Artwork by Lindsay Braynen, supported by the Current Gallery at Baha Mar.
Art Managed by Julia Ames. 

Announcing Shakespeare in Paradise 2014!

Shakespeare in Paradise is pleased to announce the productions in its 6th Annual Theatre Festival Oct 3-11 2014:

  • William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”
    • Directed by Philip A. Burrows
    • Featuring Matthew Deveaux & Angelique White (aka Angelique Sabrina)
    • Dundas Main Stage – Four Public Performances – October 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th
    • Eight Student Matinees – September 29th thru October 2nd & October 6th thru October 9th
  • “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” (Rated C)
    • Written by Ntozake Shange & Directed by Nicolette Bethel
      • (Back by popular demand with all of the original cast members)
    • Dundas Black Box Theatre
    • Four Public Performances – October 3rd thru October 6th

Limited Seating Available – Only 320 seats will be available for the entire run of this production

  • “Sizwe Banzi is Dead” 
    • Written by Athol Fugard & Directed by Philip A. Burrows
    • Featuring Dion Johnson & Mark Humes
    • Dundas Black Box Theatre
    • Four Public Performances – October 8th thru October 11th

Limited Seating Available – Only 320 seats will be available for the entire run of this production

  • “Bruce Katooska: Laughter is the Best Magic!”
    • A magic show designed specifically for elementary school children
    • Ten Primary School Performances – October 5th thru October 10th
  • Primary schools interested in having the magician visit may book through the Shakespeare in Paradise Box Office

We are also working on another production which will be announced as soon as the logistics have been finalized. This production will take place on the opening and closing nights of the festival, October 3rd and October 11th.

For further information, contact us on our Facebook Page, at the Dundas Theatre Monday-Saturday 10AMto 4PM (Tel: 393-3728)
For advance bookings, email us at
For other questions or further information about Shakespeare in Paradise you can email us at

Tickets are $25 for advance booking or $30 at the door (if seats are available)

Group & Student rates and discounted Season Tickets will also be available.

9 Days – 5 Productions – 40 Performers – 32 Performances

Shakespeare in Paradise is produced by Ringplay Productions Ltd. who are also the managers of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.