Announcing Shakespeare in Paradise!
This fall, from 5th-12th October, 2009, Shakespeare in Paradise will meet the world!
Designed to expose locals and visitors to the best in World, Caribbean, African, and African American theatre, Shakespeare in Paradise will celebrate theatre in all its forms, not just Shakespeare.
This year’s festival will be anchored around Shakespeare’s The Tempest, specially imagined for a Bahamian landscape. Featured productions will include Zora by Laurence Holder, a one-woman show from New York City about the life of American anthropologist, folklorist and writer Zora Neale Hurston; One White One Black by Frank McField, a two-man play from the Cayman Islands which received rave reviews at CARIFESTA Guyana 2008, workshops and performances by Guyanese-American actor and writer Ken Corsbie, Ringplay Productions’ Music of The Bahamas, a docu-musical from The Bahamas, and Love in Two Acts, two one-act plays by Alfred Sutro and Anton Chekhov adapted to a Bahamian context and produced by by Track Road Theatre.
Because October is National Youth Month, our outreach will feature Track Road Theatre’s original play Light by Deon Simms, a play about gang violence and young men. Light will be incorporated into official National Youth Month activities, and is intended to be performed for young audiences throughout the month.
Shakespeare in Paradise is committed to arts education, and lead-up activities include workshops in technical aspects of theatre led by Ringplay Productions’ technician Michael Reiach, and techniques for developing a vibrant children’s theatre in The Bahamas. Workshops during the festival will include acting, direction, design, and dramaturgy.
Keep your eyes on this blog. Shakespeare in Paradise is coming! Don’t miss it!!