and His Brothers"
Underground Railway Theater and Playwrights’
Theatre at Boston University celebrate the 30th Anniversary of
Derek Walcott’s founding of Boston Playwrights’
Theatre and commemorate the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti with
a co-production of Walcott’s powerful folk parable, "Ti-Jean
and His Brothers." Playing February 10 - March 13,
t he production will be directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian.
The play celebrates the triumph of native resourcefulness
over imperialist power while commenting on racism and the exploitation
of the poor by the wealthy. In blending a morality play and a West Indian
fable, Walcott explained his use of folklore and dialectical speech in
this work, saying: "The great challenge for me was to write as powerfully
as I could without writing down to the audience, so that the large emotions
could be taken in by a fisherman or a guy on the street, even if he didn't
understand every line." The play continues to be produced all over
Born in 1930 on the island of Saint Lucia in the West Indies,
Derek Walcott is a world-renowned poet and playwright and the author of
numerous books of poetry, essays, and plays. He received the Nobel
Prize for Literature in 1992. His "Dream on Monkey
Mountain" received an Obie Award for the
most distinguished foreign play. His plays have been produced by the New
York Shakespeare Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, the
Negro Ensemble Company, the American Repertory
Theatre, Arena Stage, and the Guthrie
Theatre, among others. His stage adaptation of Homer's
The Odyssey was staged to sold-out London audiences by the Royal
Shakespeare Company in 1993.
Throughout the run of "Ti-Jean and His Brothers," the theater will offer pre-show performances and celebrations of Haitian art and culture, all free with the price of admission. Post-Show Conversations will feature Haitian Scholars, Artists, and Activists.
For tickets, call 866-811-4111 or visit www.centralsquaretheater.org.
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