New Play Festival Opens at the Big Black Box

Tickets are now available for the T&T New Play Festival. After a successful inauguration in 2016, the much anticipated New Play Festival is back for its second year, showcasing three plays which have never been staged from 2 – 12 November at the Big Black Box

New Play Festival 2017 (NPF)

This year’s Festival will feature Tony Hall’s “One from Ten Leaves Nought” directed by Marcus Waldron with Rawle Gibbons as dramaturge; Toni Lima’s “Bedbugs” directed by Michailean Taylor, with Dr. Helmer Hilwig as dramaturge, and Aryana Mohammed’s “Sunrise Love to Sunset Hate” directed by Che Rodriguez and with Ronald Amoroso as dramaturge.

One From Ten Leaves Nought is the story of some of the West Indies’ greatest statesmen, leaders, and artists. Tony Hall imagines them in an in-between stagnant afterlife which they cannot leave. They find themselves in conflict and camaraderie, all the while wheeling around in wheel chairs. In this environment, the leadership of Trinidad and Tobago’s first Prime Minister is evident as time and again he emphasizes his vision for the West Indies and ponders his fate with a few close comrades.

Using The Mighty Spoiler’s 1953 calypso of the same name as a central theme, in Bedbugs, four street dwellers; Jabbers, Blues, Netty and Dollars, are free from the confines of modern society. Literally living outside the box, they maintain this sense of freedom through the lies they tell themselves and each other. But what will happen when someone dares to speak the truth?

Bedbugs Rehearsal
The cast of Toni Lima’s Bedbugs in rehearsal | Photo courtesy: Michailean Taylor

In Sunrise Love To Sunset Hate, Milly, a model on the verge of retiring, is contemplating how to prepare for the new lifestyle change that awaits her. Meanwhile, her boyfriend, Frank, sees this as an opportunity for them to finally start their lives together in marriage. What effect will her chronic fear of growing old have on their continuing relationship?

Continuing its legacy of bringing together theatre practitioners of varying generations, the New Play Festival 2017 boasts of a diverse cast of 17 performers, ranging from popular Award winning talents such as Cecilia Salazar, Gervon Abraham and Leslie-Ann Lavine, to new comer Saul Ramlal, who will be making his theatre debut.

The cast also includes Amanda McIntyre, Anjelica Pierre, Arnold Goindham, Errol Blood Roberts, Eve Hamel-Smith Ifayomi Aluko, Kearn Samuel, Kevin Humphrey, Nicole Carter, Paula Hamilton-Smith, Robert Noel, Simon Wilkes and Tishanna Williams, who will bring the stories to life.

An annual project by the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago, T&T New Play Festival provides an opportunity for playwrights to further develop NEW work; plays that have never been staged, through workshop performances, with the assistance of dramaturges, directors, actors and audience feedback.

The New Play Festival 2017 will run from November 2 – 5 and 10 – 12 at the Big Black Box, Murray Street, Port of Spain. Tickets are priced affordably at $50 per play and can be booked online. [CLICK HERE]

For more information, call (868) 351-6293 find Annual New Play Festival 2017 on Facebook or email newplayfestivaltt@hotmail.com.

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