‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ and ‘Cries of the Mind’ at Playwrights Workshop

Two new plays; Stephan Dwarika’s ‘THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS’ and Treldon Layne’s  ‘CRIES OF THE MIND’, will be featured at the June 2018 installment of the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago’s (PWT) Monthly Readers Theatre Series, June 6, at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop.

‘THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS’ follows the love relationships of four friends, Vanessa, Shelly, Ria and Sasha. In these relationships, some of the couples fight for love on their journey of life, whilst others have the ‘perfect relationship.’ The playwright; Stephan Dwarika, is a literature teacher with a passion for writing and has tried his hand at writing books, short stories, poems, stage and screenplays, songs and musicals. ‘Sandy Untold’ and ‘Katrina’ are two musicals he has written, which are currently being produced by Chandelier Productions. Additionally, he is expanding his writing through collaborating with local singer, Zachary de Lima.

‘CRIES OF THE MIND’ attempts to enlighten Trinbagonians to the importance of understanding mental health. Playwright Treldon Layne says of the play that the characters in it are not unlike us…facing internal struggles, mental illness and discovering ways to cope and prevail. Layne has written two books of poetry entitled: ‘They Stole It, I Must Replace It’ and ‘Rise Up and Bolt Forward.’ This poet, songwriter and motivational speaker, was featured in the Bocas Lit Fest 2015 as an emerging writer, and is also the founder of Treldon Layne Foundation and Treldon’s Greetings, a unique greeting line that was created with the intention to inspire and motivate individuals in the public domain to find self within.

The PWT, in partnership with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and The Trinidad and Tobago Performing Arts Network, is inviting actors, playwrights, directors, producers and the general public to the reading to provide the playwrights with feedback, to further develop their scripts.

The event will be held on Wednesday 6th June 2018, 7PM at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 6 Newbold Street, St Clair. Come one. Come all. Bring a friend.

Admission is FREE but Space Is Limited. RSVP is required


PWT reads new stage, screen, and radio plays on the first Wednesday of every month. For further information email playwrightsworkshoptt@gmail.com; or call (868) 351-6293; or find them on Instagram @playwrightsworkshoptt.

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago
The Playwrights Workshop Trinbago’s Monthly Reader Session  at Trinidad Theatre Workshop | Photo Credit: Triston Wallace

About the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) is an organization coordinated by playwrights for the making of plays. The organization is dedicated to the memory and work of renowned Trinidadian scholar, academic, theatre historian, playwright and director ERROL HILL (1921-2003) and Tobagonian poet, playwright, essayist and journalist ERIC ROACH (1915-1974).

This year, the workshop initiated in 2003 by Tony Hall with support from Trinity in Trinidad Global Learning Site of Trinity College, Hartford, C.T. Lordstreet Theatre’s Jouvay Institute and the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago, celebrates its 15th Anniversary. It continues to have its Monthly Readers Theatre Series on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Playwrights and aspiring playwrights are reminded that plays read at the Monthly Readers Theatre Serieswill qualify for further development at the Annual New Play Festival in the following year.

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