Jamaica’s top play actor and celebrity Keith “Shebada” Ramsay will make his last U.S. performances of the year on Saturday, July 24 at York College in Queens and Sunday, July 25 at Wingate High School in Brooklyn. To great anticipation and by popular demand, the actor will appear in Irish and Chin’s encore performances of the hit play “Serious Business.”
After two sold-out stagings of “Serious Business” in early June, the Irish and Chin office was inundated with requests for another show. Clearly, the many people who missed the New York shows were anxious for another opportunity to see the hit play. For these reasons, popular dancehall promotions team Irish and Chin pegged encore performances of the play from Stages Productions.
“I really look forward to returning to New York,” says Keith “Shebada” Ramsay enthusiastically. “After the last show, fans were waiting to meet me, but I had to get to the airport……hopefully, I will get to meet some of them this time.”
“We had to do it again….the hype from our staging in early June flooded the streets and calls came pouring in,” says Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin. “It took a lot of effort to make this rerun possible because the cast was fully booked, however, at the last minute a weekend was canceled and I grabbed it.”
Because this will mark the last run of “Serious Business,” patrons are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance. Now is a chance for those who missed Irish and Chin’s first two stagings of “Serious Business” in Brooklyn and Queens to find out what the incredible buzz is over. And if one has already taken in “Serious Business,” they can now bring friends to experience a great evening of humorous Jamaican theater.
Irish and Chin promises the complete dancehall and theater package at the July shows, with DJ Roy providing intense dancehall selections before the play and during intermission. Patrons have been ranting over the vibes, describing going to an Irish and Chin play like going to a dance. Because the raffle at the June shows was a hit, Theatergoers will once again be able to enter a raffle for a great giveaway. This time, an Ashley living room set. will be up for grabs at both the Brooklyn and Queens shows. So, all-in-all, those in attendance will be able to enjoy a twist of dancehall, see a top play and have a chance to win top prizes all in one evening.
Following this performance, Keith “Shebada” Ramsay will make his debut in a new play from the Stages Productions camp in Jamaica. This new production is not slated to hit the U.S. until some time in 2011. Although the actor has thoroughly enjoyed his comedic role as Brother Shebby in “Serious Business,” he is excited about what the new play has to offer. And just as Keith “Shebada” Ramsay will take on a new effort following the encore performances of “Serious Business,” Irish and Chin will move on to stage a 10-city U.S. Tour of Stages Productions’ “The Plumber.” Currently hailed as Jamaica’s top comedy, “The Plumber’s” U.S. Tour will run in October 2010.
In every sense of the word, “Serious Business” is a summer hit. Patrons of the Brooklyn and Queens shows in early June left laughing and reciting many of the play’s punch lines. It was a pleasure to see ram venues of Caribbean people having a blast. Don’t miss your last chance to see Keith “Shebada” Ramsay in “Serious Business” July 24-25. It will be an unforgettable night and the last chance to see the play, as it will not be touring again.