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ART THAT AWAKENS

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New Plays by Caribbean-American Writers

New Plays by Caribbean-American Writers

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CONCH SHELL PRODUCTIONS in partnership with MILTON G. BASSIN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER at YORK COLLEGE

PRESENT

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March 5th-7th, 2020

Welcome to the 2nd annual celebration of the voices of American women of Caribbean heritage.  This year our festival will feature staged readings, fully produced works, a Third World Media curated series of short films by Caribbean-American women, post-performance Q&A's and more.  Stay tuned for schedules and updates.

our featured playwrights

Wendy Arimah

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Featured Play:

"And I Conquer"

(Full Production)


Summary:

Statistics state one in four. She was one, but it did not define her.


Wendy's heritage: Trinidadian-American

Ingrid Griffith

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Featured Play:

"Unbossed/Unbowed"

(Full Production)


Summary:

The true story of a Brooklyn-born woman of Caribbean heritage who dedicated her life to fighting for the disenfranchised in the 1960s and ‘70s and who with grit and determination almost single handedly spoke up against the the political machine and the all boy's network to become the 1st African-American woman to win a seat in Congress and the first to run for the Presidency of the U.S.


Ingrid's heritage: Guyanese-American

Amina Henry

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Featured Play:

"The Duckling"

(Staged Reading)


Summary:

Four plucky finalists travel to Pittsburgh to compete in a dancehall queen competition; at stake, the American Dream.


Amina's heritage: Jamaican-American



Myra M. McPhee

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Featured play:

"Lessons My Father Taught Me"

(Full Production)


Summary:

A woman takes us on a journey as she traces how being abandoned by her father has traumatized her, her mother, and her love life.


Myra's heritage: Bahamian-American

Nancy Mendez-Booth

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Featured Play:

"Lucky"

(Full Production)


Summary:

The story of how one Puerto Rican adjunct wins the Pulitzer and prosperity for all Boricuas.


Nancy's heritage: Puerto Rican 

Nova Rivers

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Featured play:

"The Mores"

(Full Production)


Summary:

Through understanding the struggles of his ancestors, Kofi, a young child, learns about the importance of community and remembering stories of the past.


Nova's heritage: Trinidadian-American

Magaly Colimon-Christopher

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Featured Play:

"Silent Truth"

(Staged Reading)


Summary:

Three generations of women gather for a surprise 30th birthday party;  they discover surprising family secrets that change all of their lives – forever.


Magaly's heritage: Haitian-American