Local playwright Colin Wilson will hang up his thespian hat after staging his final play, “Apostle 13 and the Disciple of Demons,” on Oct. 22-25 at St. George’s Anglican Church, and at the Prospect Playhouse on Nov. 9.
Wilson has been involved in local amateur dramatics in Cayman for the past 30 years, including as chairman of the Cayman Drama Society. He has produced or directed more than 30 productions, and his plays have been staged in the U.K., U.S., and Australia.
He has written thrillers, musicals, comedies and historical-based plays, recently turning his hand to more biblical-based productions. Past plays written by Wilson include “The Judith Code,” “Alice Queen of Wonderland,” “The Wicker Man,” and winner of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s play writing competition, “Watler’s War.”
Wilson said he made the decision to put on his final play following the diagnosis that cancer had returned.
“Apostle 13 and the Disciple of Demons” tells the story of the unknown apostle Matthias and Mary Magdalene. Wilson said he wanted to portray their stories accurately and correct the “bad publicity” that has surrounded these two biblical characters.
“I was always cross with people who called her [Mary Magdalene] ‘that prostitute’. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that, and of course ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ was the nail in her coffin,” Wilson said. “Because of my ill health, I finally said I must do this. Instead of writing two separate plays, I combined them and have them becoming friends and more.
“There is one undeniable fact from the Biblical records. Mary Magdalene and Matthias must have met and known each other and that is the basis of the play. There is a love story and we witness it growing. There is treachery. There are miracles. There is death.
There is sadness and there is joy. But above all else there is faith and love,” he said.
With a cast of almost 30, Wilson said the play, which took some six months to research and write, will appeal to all.
“Even though it is about two biblical figures, it does not preach but tells a human story that is applicable today as it was then,” the playwright said. “We all have our personal demons and the play tells one way how to deal with them.”
Described as a play with both music and dance, the production will feature five dance numbers performed by local dance group Dance Unlimited. It will also include music written by local musicians Chuck and Barrie Quappe for one of Wilson’s past plays, “Magna Carta.”
Merle McGann is the producer and Wilson is director, with assistance from Michael McLaughlin.
Performance times at St. George’s Anglican Church Hall Oct. 22-25 are 7:30 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will go to the church’s Men’s Fellowship Group’s outreach projects.
At the Prospect Playhouse, on Nov. 9, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from this performance will be donated to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands. Tickets are $15; $5 for children 12 and under.
Admission for students is $10. Special rates for groups of 10 or more. Call 949-5583 / 916-4594. Although a royalty fee must be paid to perform all of Wilson’s previous plays, this one is free and open to any group which wishes to perform it.