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!
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