ART THAT AWAKENS
Presented in partnership with HB Studio.
Funded by A.R.T./New York’s NYC Small Theatres Fund (made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation)
Monthly chats with Caribbean Diaspora and Caribbean writers, directors, actors, and creators.
Works-in-progress by CSP Artist Collective members.
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This event is made possible by ARTNY Small Theatre Fund (made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation)
CSP New Works Fest was presented in partnership with HB STUDIO.
(Photo credit: Horacio Rojas)
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About the play
In the aftermath of their daughter's devastating suicide, Ildefonso Muñoz, a communist philosopher, and Carmen, his resilient partner, find themselves estranged from their beloved granddaughter Delfina, and her father, Leo. Ildefonso's sorrow is deepened by his belief that Leo's capitalist leanings played a role in their shared tragedy. Meanwhile, Carmen is struggling with a health crisis, but she is determined to keep it a secret from her family. But when Hurricane Maria threatens to destroy their island, they all find themselves under one roof. Will this family finally mourn the death of their daughter, mother, and wife - or will they drown in a sea of resentment?
Cast: Paul Calderon, Soccoro Santiago*, Bryanna Felipe, Ian Dunn
(*Equity actor appearing with the permission of Actor Equity Association)
(image credit left to right: cast members Ian Dunn, Bryanna Felipe, Soccoro Santiago, Paul Calderone; photographer Horacio Rojas)
About the Film
A young exotic dancer plots to free herself and her children from bondage in spite of the decision of an uncompassionate judge and the objection and rage from her jealous and violent handler.
(image: CSP Resident Dramaturg Jasmeene Francois delivering welcome speech: photographer: Horacio Rojas)
directed by Magaly Colimon-Christopher
About the play
What does it mean for a Black artist to develop his work in White theatres? This solo piece explores the challenges faced by a Black male playwright as he struggles to be heard and understood.
(image: writer/performer Petron Brown
photographer: Horacio Rojas)
About the play
Veteran turned best-selling author, Gary Holmes, recalls a life changing encounter he had while on a reconnaissance mission when he came face-to-face with Sadiq, a mortally wounded ‘enemy’, and was thrown into another new battlefield: between humanity and duty where the line that designated them as “wartime enemies” was questioned.
Cast: James Christoper Moore, J. Singh, Vincent Cheatham
(image: Left to right - Vincent Cheatham, J. Singh: photographer Horacio Rojas)
About the play
On their 50th birthday cousins Maryse Apollon and Gabrielle Petion find themselves at a crossroads in their lives and choose to make a change. Gabrielle takes a birthday trip from Port Au Prince Haiti to Miami to clear her mind and gain some perspective, intending to stay with her cousin Maryse. Maryse catches a last minute flight to Cap Haitien, Haiti to reconnect with her inner self. They eventually meet in Miami and sparks fly for both women as they share their new views on “Haitian nationalism” and familial responsibility.
Cast: Magaly Colimon, Candice Jean-Jacques, AnTionette Byers-Paredes
(Image: left to right Candice Jean Jacques, Magaly Colimon: photographer Horacio Rojas)
About the play
When the man who saved them from off the streets passes away, estranged adopted siblings are forced to come together for a day to say their goodbyes, also forcing them to face the fractures of old wounds and secrets that they'd buried in the past.
Cast: Alyssa Carter, Alton Ray, Anthony T Goss, Kara Green
(image: left to right Alton Ray, Anthony T. Goss: photographer Horacio Rojas)
This season we presented online readings of two full length plays written by members of Conch Shell Productions Artist Collective members:
High school friends Blake, Patrick, and Mara reunite at a hotel the day before their 10-year reunion. Forever traumatized by the school shooting that took place their junior year, the three try and fail to relive painful memories and heal broken friendships.
Petron Brown (Reader) is a playwright, performer, arts leader, an intimacy director, and a member of Conch Shell Productions’ Artist Collective. He was born in The Bahamas and immigrated to the US to pursue educational and artistic endeavors.
Milton Espinoza Jr. (“PATRICK”) born & raised in Newark, is currently pursuing his MFA in Acting at Columbia University. Since graduating from Wesleyan in 2022, he has been expanding his artistry with in the Caribbean Rasanblaj, giving a voice to those who have been silenced. IG: @m11ton3
Erick Goldsmith (“BLAKE”) born in Chester, PA, earned B.A. in Theatre and has been a paid voice/actor for 7+ years. He finds fulfillment in work and life through human connection.IG: e.smith_smiththestoryteller
Shakira Kelly ("MARA")was born and raised in Jamaica, has a B.A. in English Literature and has 2 years experience performing in Jamaican theater. She uses her passion for acting to bring attention to real life experiences. IG: kellykarisma
CSP Artist Collective member. To learn more about Cris, click here
Conch Shell Productions Artistic Director. To learn more about Magaly, click here
top left Erick Goldsmith as "Blake"
top right Shakira Kelly as "Mara"
bottom Milton Espinoza, Jr. as "Patrick"
One-woman show written and performed by
Directed by Magaly Colimon-Christopher
"My maternal grandfather died before my mother even graduated from High School. I know very little about him except that he was a bartender, and an aspiring actor and writer in New York City. In this one-act solo show, framed in the traditional Puerto Rican musical style of Bomba, I (Gretchen) put myself through the journey of figuring out who he was, who I am, and what to do about it."
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