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Caribbean Cultural Theatre makes Off Broadway debut during Caribbean American Heritage Month with Lovers – a romantic comedy on conflicting notions of the American Dream – NY, June 11th, 2006

The Caribbean Cultural Theatre, a Brooklyn, NY based performing arts ensemble dedicated to presenting a balanced rendering of Caribbean culture and the Caribbean-American experience, is pleased to announce the Off-Broadway debut of Lovers. Penned by Brooklyn based playwright and novelist Glenville Lovell, the production runs at the Clark Studio Theatre, Lincoln Center June 8 – 11, 2006.

 

Marking the company’s return to presenting plays by contemporary Caribbean and Caribbean-American playwrights, Lovers, follows the fortunes of a young couple as they weigh leaving their small, rural community on a tropical isle, for a sprawling, urban metropolis in the wintry northeastern United States. Lovell presents this touching, yet hilarious, tale about a working class couple and their immigrant experience in which “going home” takes on differing and conflicting dimensions as sparks fly and passions flare. Coinciding with the inaugural observance of Caribbean American Heritage Month, the comedy celebrates the shifting realities of commitment and aspiration; gender roles and traditions as Caribbean-Americans take their shot at the ‘American dream’. Featuring the talents of actress/comedienne Susan Olton-Kennedy, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, and Jamaican actor/comedian Owen ‘Blacka’ Ellis, Lovers is directed by Caribbean Cultural Theatre artistic director E. Wayne McDonald. For ticketing information call 718-783-8345 or 212-352-3101, or online at theatermania.com. Schedule: Thursday, June 8 @ 7:00pm Friday, June 9 @ 8:00pm Saturday, June 10 @ 3:00pm & 8:00pm Sunday, June 11 @ 3:00pm Venue: Clarke Studio Theatre – Lincoln Center 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY Admission: $25 – $30 With writing career spanning well over a decade in novels, short stories and plays, Glenville Lovell pulls heavily on his Barbadian and immigrant experiences to weave his stories and shape characters. Glenville burst onto the literary scene several years ago with ‘Fire in the Canes’, a novel the Washington Post compared to “works by Morrison and Nabokov” and that New York Times dubbed “impressive”. His most recent novel, ‘Love and Death in Brooklyn’ has been labeled “stylish entertainment” by Booklist, and a “suspenseful and engaging mystery”.

The June 8 – 11 staging of Lovers, at the Clark Studio Theatre, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, in the Rose Building at the Lincoln Center complex, is funded in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This is the Caribbean Cultural Theatre’s first foray into presenting work in the center of New York City’s cultural and theatrical hub. Since moving to the cultural district of downtown Brooklyn 4 years ago, the company has provided an outlet for the work and creativity of artists interested in work emanating from and influenced by Caribbean cultural traditions and language.

Caribbean Cultural Theatre
138 So Oxford Street, Suite 4A
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1695

TEL: 718-783-8345
FAX: 718-398-2794

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