Love Has Many Faces, a one act play scripted by award winning Jamaican born Playwright and Actor David Heron, will have its official New York Premiere on Saturday April 2 at the Nakisaki Restaurant and Dinner Theater in Hempstead, Long Island. There will be one show only at 7:30 pm.
The play, which features music, poetry and dance illustrating several aspects of love, was first presented as a Valentine’s showcase event at Nakisaki last month and is being remounted due to popular demand.
Directed by award winning Jamaican Actor/Playwright Karl O’Brian Williams- who also plays a leading role- Love Has Many Faces tell the story of two Jamaicans, Paul and Susan- who fall in love as primary school adolescents in Jamaica, and conduct a lifelong relationship spanning nearly six decades, across several countries and continents.
The joys and sorrows they experience over the years are brought to life through ensemble performances of love songs, romantic poems and dances woven into the narrative. With the love story as a backdrop, audiences will experience traditional Jamaican folk songs, ballads by Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, The Righteous Brothers, Conway Twitty, and Elvis Presley; showtunes from great romantic musicals including Phantom of The Opera, Showboat, West Side Story, South Pacific and The Student Prince, and poems by The Honourable Louise Bennett Coverley, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Ntozake Shange.
Karl O’Brian Williams as Paul and Jamaican born actress Dianne Dixon as Susan, headline a cast of some of New York’s fastest rising actors, singers, dancers and spoken word artists including The Braata Folk Singers, Andrew Clarke, Katharine Heaton, Michael Henry, Riva, Syhaya Aviel Smith, Diane Johnson, and Dina and Kevin Joseph of The Pure Elements Dance Company.
Heron, whose last play was the controversial 2005 wife swapping drama 4PLAY , and whose other playwriting credits include Ecstasy, Redemption and Love and Marriage and New York City, describes the new work as his most eclectic production to date.
“It is similar in some ways to the concept of Baz Lurhmann’s film Moulin Rouge,” he says, “Where the plot is driven by a potpourri of existing entertainment items that span many different genres, but somehow find a place in the telling of a simple love story. The response for Valentine’s Day was so overwhelming that we decided to bring it back once more. We’ll see where it goes from here.”
The show is produced by David Heron, IMC Media and Sure Thing Productions.