One White One Black
This play from the Cayman Islands focusses on two ‘have been’ artists – a musician and a writer once proud of their creativity – who have lost their dream of greatness. They’ve both failed in their respective marriages and, therefore, depend on each other to be the mirror that reflects their past and current condition. Their only way to self re-discovery is by a purging of mind and body via a torturous route, strewn with the muck of their own selfishness, that exposes their flawed personalities and relationships with their women. Every interaction between the two characters tightens the bond of their friendship and they learn through each other, not only the root of their marital strife, but the truth about themselves. In this taut and moving work by one of the region’s finest playwrights the two men, in an imaginative and emotional journey of role-play, break the boundaries of stereotypes and emerge to discover a more accurate understanding of life, love and friendship.
One White One Black is directed by Henry Muttoo, Director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation. Widely recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading theatre practitioners, and arguably the region’s finest theatre designer, Henry Muttoo is a rare talent with a multiplicity of artistic skills: he is an award-winning actor, theatre director and designer, carnival designer, painter, writer, editor and amateur calypso historian. Mr. Muttoo arrives at Shakespeare in Paradise direct from London, where he staged a production of this play One White One Black with a cast of Masters’ degree theatre students. This festival’s production of One White One Black will feature the original cast from the Cayman Islands.
Directed by Henry Muttoo
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 @8:00p.m. – The Dundas Theatre
Saturday, October 10, 2009 @2:00p.m. – The Dundas Theatre
Sunday, October 11, 2009 @3:00p.m. – The Hub