This June, the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) Readers Theatre Series 2017 will feature the full-length screenplay, ANGELS LIVE IN TUNAPUNA, written by filmmaker and choreographer Sonja Dumas.
The story revolves around Frank and Boxo, who have been enemies for decades due to an old misunderstanding over a woman. When they die without resolving the issue and meet outside the Pearly Gates, they are forced to return to earth to perform a good deed to absolve their bad behaviour – they must help Ella, a young, Carnival designer struggling to make ends meet for the sake of her special needs daughter Jada. Framed in the chaos of Carnival and the rum shop humour of Trinidad and Tobago, their story is one of brotherly love – lost and found.
A scene from the film was first performed as a stage play at the New Play Festival at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 2016. The stage adaptation featured Verne Guerin, alongside Eric Nicholson, Makesi Algernon and Justin McKenzie, and was directed by Johnathan Thatcher.
This expanded version is Dumas’ first full-length narrative comedy screenplay.
Dumas is a performer, choreographer, writer, filmmaker, teacher and arts development consultant. Her films include the documentary “Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers”, the African Movie Academy Award-nominated “Tickle Me Rich” and the experimental dance film “Agua Water L’eau”. She has been featured on BBC Outlook for her work in dance, and was described in 2016 as a Caribbean pioneer by the Huffington Post.
Dumas will also lead the discussion of this month’s theme, which will be “Rewriting for the screen and stage.”
One of Playwrights Workshop Trinbago’s aims is to foster the development of original storytelling through drama and playmaking. On the first Wednesday of every month, actors and the general public are invited to read new stage plays and screenplays, by T&T playwrights and screenwriters.
This month’s workshop takes place on June 7 at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, corner Jerningham Avenue and Norfolk Street, Belmont, at 7 pm.