The Cayman Drama Society is known for putting on a variety of shows: dramas, comedies, musicals, large ensembles and one person shows. Even concert-style music and dance programs have graced the stage of the Prospect Playhouse.
Now, for the first time that anyone can remember in the society’s 44 years, the evening performance will be a series of readings.
“An Evening of Readings” is a one-performance experiment by the Cayman Drama Society, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 11. During the performance, which will consist of six independent pieces, each reader will bring alive the written word through their voice – not their actions, nor aided by a set and props – solely through their voice.
The pieces, which have been selected by the readers are as varied as the readers themselves:
Quincy Brown is reading from Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s play “Pantomime.” This Caribbean author (Walcott is from St. Lucia) brings to life the language and social dichotomies that are well known to Caribbean folk.
Jacoline Frank is reading from “Chicken Soup For The Christian Soul.” A story of forgiveness and boundless hope reaches out to our hearts.
Mary Anne Kosa is reading a story by Alice Munro, the current Nobel Laureate. Feel that you are part of the tale, as Munro uses language to paint the scene.
Jerry Pilgrim is reading from Damon Runyon’s short story “Sense of Humor.” While Runyon is better known for the musical “Guys and Dolls” during the middle third of the 1900s, he was a hugely popular short story writer. This piece introduces you to New York City’s world of “wise guys,” better known as “the mob.”
Fiona Pimentel is reading from Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice.” This is quite different from Walcott’s “Pantomime,” but again, here we see the topic of class re-examined.
Gabrielle Wheaton is reading from Nobel Laureate George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” Wheaton brings alive Act 1, Scene 1, in a manner that makes you believe 10 people are on stage, but no, it is only her.
Phil Pace is the director and conceiver of “An Evening of Readings” and has spent many years working on improving literacy through Rotary’s Cayman Islands Reading Associates, so reading is a subject close to his heart.
“The scripts, chapters, or short stories you will hear are a snippet of each author’s work,” he said. “We fervently hope the audience’s interest is piqued!”
Paul de Freitas, the society’s theater manager, has been encouraging younger members to learn more about theater by working behind the curtain, and as a result, Bella Rooney is the stage manager, Georgia Austen is covering sound and lighting, and Adam Stoner is running the box office. Debbie Hand has designed the graphics associated with the production.
The mistress of ceremonies is Ramona Melody, the director of the Cayman Islands Library Service.
For tickets and information, contact the Cayman Drama Society box office at [email protected] or call 938-1998. Admission is $10 for all ages.