Four Playwrights, Three Plays, One Night

L -R: Shardé Titus, Mariah Derrick, Emmanuel Ansolia and Corintia Elliot | Photos courtesy Playwrights Workshop Trinbago

PWT reads 3 plays by DCFA Students online

The National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s (NDATT) Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) Monthly Readers Theatre Series (MRTS), held the first Wednesday of every month, will feature the reading of three plays from students of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts for the June instalment. The series will continue online in light of the precautionary measures implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reading will take place via Zoom meeting only on June 2 at 7 PM (AST GMT-4).

The three plays are Oh Ha Hai by Shardé Titus and Corintha Elliot, A Woman Like Me by Mariah Derrick, and Lose To Learn by Emmanuel Ansolia. The scripts were written as part of the playwriting course in the Theatre Arts Degree at the DCFA.

In Oh Hai Hai, It is election time again, and the candidates busy preparing to win the game. Elections is a dirty business, full of bacchanal, allegations and nasty tricks. Is years now people at this thing/But behind the scenes who really pulling the string?

In A Woman Like Me, Derrick delves into the lives of prostitutes, exploring their endurance and some of the issues that the women are faced with. In a statement to the media Derrick said “It is centred around the main characters, Hannah and Gabriella, who were used to present Trinidadian lineage while also incorporating Venezuelans. Both women give an insight into their traumatic history and open the eyes of many to why one shouldn’t judge a woman by her profession or clothes. The play then escalates when one of the women dies which then pushes the other to take an urgent stand.”

In Lose to Learn, Ansolia uses folklore to explore current social issues and how they can be fixed. The story follows Jenny and Boyo, two teenagers, as they take a disastrous shortcut through the forest after school.

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) is inviting actors, playwrights, directors, producers and the general public to join us on Zoom to listen to the reading and participate in the discussion to assist the playwrights in further development of the script. The event will be held on Wednesday June 2, 2021 at 7 PM (AST GMT-4).

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 830 6062 0292

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PWT reads new stage, screen, and radio plays on the first Wednesday of every month. For further information or to submit a script for reading in the MRTS email; or call/text/WhatsApp (868) 351-6293; or find us on Facebook and Instagram @playwrightsworkshoptt.

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