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New Plays from the Caribbean With Stéphanie Bérard (France), Daniely Francisque (Martinique), Elvia Gutiérrez (Mexico, China), Gaël Octavia (Gaël Octavia), and others.

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May 2, 2023
May 2, 2023
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Join us for a conversation celebration the unique anthology and latest Segal Center Publication New Plays from the Caribbean, a most significant and lasting part of the 2019 Caribbean Theater Project ACT (Actions Caribéennes Théâtrales)—initiated and co-organized by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City, the theater company Siyaj from Guadeloupe, and Stéphanie Bérard.

The project was inspired by a conversation S. Bérard had in 2017 with Frank Hentschker, the director of the Segal Center. She was asking how they could find a way to make Francophone Caribbean theatre accessible to audiences outside the insular perimeter and the French-speaking zone. They decided to stage—within two days—elaborate reading of six plays from well-known and emergent Caribbean female and male theatre artists at the Martin E. Segal Theatre in December of 2019 in front of an American audience. It was the first play reading festival with French speaking playwrights from different Caribbean nations in the history of theatre—and last LIVE Segal Center event before the Time of Corona/COVID. The book is composed of six plays from Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe written by Jean-René Lemoine, Guy Régis Jr, Gaël Octavia, Daniely Francisque, Luc Saint-Eloy, Magali Solignat, and Charlotte Boimare. Engaged in a creative and innovative mixing of styles and languages (French and Creole), these Caribbean playwrights present a politically engaged theatre while renewing dramatic forms, content, and aesthetics. They tell us the stories and histories of contemporary Caribbean people by exploring passion, desire, and the collective experience of trauma and loss after a natural disaster. They denounce social, racial, and gender violence by staging real-life dramas and leading crime investigation.