MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019; 6:00PM | MARTIN E SEGAL THEATER-CUNY
Written by Magali Solignat & Charlotte Boimare (Guadeloupe)
Translated by Amelia Parenteau
Directed by Florent Masse
Based on the true story of a singer who murdered his son in Guadeloupe. Devised as a documentary theatre work, the play offers a diverse narrative account of the crime and the violence in contemporary Caribbean society.
Caribbean Theater Action, or Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales (ACT) provides a cultural dialogue between the United States and the Francophone Caribbean. Through six contemporary plays by emerging or established Caribbean writers from Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe, ACT aims to raise awareness and recognition of Francophone Caribbean Theatre using English language translations, publications, and stage readings.
By exploring passion, desire, and the collective experience of trauma and loss after natural disaster; by denouncing social, racial, and gender violence; and by staging real drama life and leading crime investigation, Caribbean dramatists tells us the stories and history of Caribbean people. Engaged in a creative and innovative mixing of languages (French and Creole), they put forward a politically engaged theatre while renewing drama aesthetics.
The six selected plays below will be presented in New York at the Martin E. Segal Theater Center, translated into English on December 2nd and 3rd, 2019, from 2 pm onwards. An anthology published by the Segal Center will be printed during Spring 2020.
The ACT / Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales project is initiated and coordinated by Stéphanie Bérard, specialist in Caribbean Theater, author of Théâtres des Antilles, in collaboration with Frank Hentschker from the Martin E. Segal Center at CUNY-The Graduate Center, Nicole Birmann Bloom from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, with Compagnie Siyaj from Guadeloupe, and with the participation of the choreographer-cultural producer Candace Thompson-Zachery as external artistic adviser.