‘Fallen Angel and Devil Concubine’ returns to Harquail

In 1991, local actresses Penny Phillips and Consuelo Ebanks captivated audiences with their portrayals of colorful characters Katie and Lettie respectively, in the Cayman premiere of “The Fallen Angel & the Devil Concubine.”

The play was created through collective improvisation by Groundwork Theatre Company in May 1987 at the Jamaica School of Drama. The team was led by senior directing tutor Eugene Williams and included acting tutors Honor Ford-Smith and Hertencer Lindsay, and actress Carol Lawes. Upon completion of the improvisation process, playwright Pat Cumper was asked to script the play. Now, nearly 30 years later, in celebration of the Harquail Theatre’s 30th birthday, the play will get a new life when the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s artistic director, Henry Muttoo, and local actresses Rita Estevanovich and Lesley-Ann Bernard combine talents to bring their interpretation of the play to Cayman audiences.

“Filling the shoes of Consuelo Ebanks and Penny Phillips will not be easy, but Rita and Lesley both have the talent to create memorable roles,” said Muttoo. “I look forward to helping them dig deep into their creative selves, and discover and reveal, through their performances, the real Katie and Lettie.”

The play is set in a derelict house occupied by two equally derelict old women – Katie and Lettie. Both women lay claim to ownership of the house, using as evidence several half-truths and fantasies concocted to help them heal the scars created by traumatic events in their lives.

As they reveal each other by peeling away the layers of make-believe and secrecy, the truth of their situation is revealed, bringing them to the realization that they have only each other in an unforgiving world.

“The Fallen Angel & the Devil Concubine,” a dramatic comedy, will take place on Dec. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Harquail Studio Theatre.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors, and are available now from Foster’s Food Fair (Strand), Funky Tang’s, Health Care Pharmacy (Grand Harbour) and the Cultural Foundation offices.

Reservations can be made by calling 949-5477 or by emailing [email protected] a full calendar of Harquail Theatre’s 30th Anniversary events, visit www.artscayman.org/calendar.

Rita Estevanovich plays

Rita Estevanovich plays ‘Katie,’ one of the two colorful characters in the play.

Rita Estevanovich (Katie), and Lesley-Ann Bernard (Lettie), rehearse their roles, leading up to opening night on Dec. 4.

Rita Estevanovich (Katie), and Lesley-Ann Bernard (Lettie), rehearse their roles, leading up to opening night on Dec. 4.

Penny Phillips (Katie) and Consuelo Ebanks (Lettie) sit in the stage set of the original production, 1991.

Penny Phillips (Katie) and Consuelo Ebanks (Lettie) sit in the stage set of the original production, 1991.
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