The Merl Grove High School Past Students’ Association NY Chapter Inc. will honor Women’s History Month with a return to the Caribbean cultural scene through a staged reading of the iconic Jamaican play Mama Decemba by Nigel Moffatt. This theatrical fundraising event will be co-produced by Banana Boat Productions and directed by Merlina Rich, its Founder and Artistic Director.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Women’s History Month Caribbean Celebration event, the Association is very proud to be presenting this powerful stage reading in that it focuses on an older, feisty, and proud Jamaican woman living in England as she attempts to cope with life after being widowed, losing her job, and seemingly neglected by her children. Her introspective ruminations are hauntingly honest, with sometimes humorous and often painful reflections on her past life in Jamaica and her current musings about returning at some point in the future. The play broaches universal questions about the nature of our life-long relationships and the longing for a homeland fashioned from old memories. Audiences the world over have found this award-winning theatrical masterpiece to be very thoughtful, humorous in some ways, sad at times, and yet always deeply reflective of real life. As Sharon Wilson, the president of the Association’s NY Chapter said, “This production of Mama Decemba by the MGHS PSA NY Chapter and Banana Boat Productions will be perfect for celebrating Women’s History Month as well as a kickoff to Jamaica’s 50 years of independence celebration in New York”.
This special fundraising event will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at The Brooklyn School of Music. The doors will open at 6:00 pm promptly. A delicious hors d’oeuvres reception and some pre-show entertainment will precede the performance of Mama Decemba.
Tickets are $40.00. Proceeds will benefit The Andrene Bonner Drama Award Scholarship Fund, a major scholarship to benefit a student at this all girls’ school in Jamaica, W.I. All past students, friends, and family are invited to come out to be entertained, meet old friends and make new ones, while supporting a very worthy cause. Seats are limited so reserve yours today by contacting the chapter at Mer[email protected] or call 347-849-9002, 917-670-2480.