Announcing Come Back To Me & Manikato

On the heels of the announcement of the inclusion of Alaudin Ullah’s Indio in this year’s Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival comes the news that yet another production will be joining us in October.

Come Back to Me, by Jesse Cameron Alick, is a one-act play about religion, secrets and communication in the African-American Family. Featuring the work of director Donya K Washington and hip-hop composer Belief, it follows an important day in the life of three siblings, Ryokan, Isis and Jude, and tracks the conversations that they have with one another over the telephone and contrasts them with the actual life that they are living. With a poetic arrangement that flows easily from amusing banter to sticky political debates, Come Back to Me combines different voices and personalities, weaving Buddhist and Christian prayers together and taking on the themes of mistaken conception, judgment and the true nature of unconditional love.

Joining Come Back to Me to round out this evening is another one-act piece called Manikato by  Phillip Peters, and also directed by Washington. This work takes the Song of Solomon, reinterprets it, and presents it from a West Indian point of view.

This production, which we are calling One Flesh, brings us to a total of six works that have signed on to this year’s festival. We are working on nailing down all of our venue partners and pretty soon we will post a schedule for the entire festival online.

We are excited about this year’s offerings and we look forward to another successful Shakespeare in Paradise Theatre Festival. We also look forward to your participation either as an audience member or as a volunteer.

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