“10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theatre Conversations from Jamaica to the World!” is a lively series of weekly discussions with Jamaica’s leading theatre artists exploring the histories and memories of–and visions for–the Jamaican stage. Produced by Boston-based international theatre production company Akiba Abaka Arts, in partnership with Kingston, Jamaica-based talent agency and production company RAW Management, the series aims to connect Jamaican theatre artists with a global platform of theatre makers looking to gain new knowledge, share best practices around progressive theatre-making, and engage members of the greater Caribbean Diaspora longing for familiar stories of home.
“10 Weeks in Jamaica” weekly conversations can be streamed live each Sunday at 4 PM; previous episodes of the series featuring Oliver Samuels O.D., Dr. Brian Heap, Dr. Deborah Hickling-Gordon, and Fae Ellington are available for on-demand viewing on the Akiba Abaka Arts YouTube page here.
Each week the series explores a different theme based on the history of Jamaican theatre, and contemporary narratives presented on the Jamaican stage. It runs through January 3, 2021, with the next conversation on Sunday, November 15 at 4 PM titled JAMAICAN ROOTS THEATRE, THEN AND NOW featuring three of the country’s best-know actors: Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay, Maylynne Lowe and Volier ‘Maffie’ Johnson.
Upcoming programs in the series include:
Sunday, November 22, 4PM EST
THE BUSINESS OF THE JAMAICAN STAGE (JAMBIZ)
Speakers: Lenford Salmon and Glen “Titus” Campbell
Sunday, November 29, 4PM EST
DANCEHALL REGGAE AND THE NETTLEFORD EFFECT
Speakers: Orville Hall, Marlon Simms and Neila Ebanks
Sunday, December 6, 4PM EST
JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 1)
Speakers: David Tulloch and Fabian Thomas
Sunday, December 13, 4PM EST
JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 2)
Speakers: Dahlia Harris and Amba Chevannes
Sunday, December 20, 4PM EST
QUEER NARRATIVES FROM THE JAMAICAN STAGE
Speakers: Karl Williams and Webster McDonald
Sunday, December 27, 4PM EST
LEADERS OF A NEW STAGE
Speakers: Evone Walters, Andrew Barracks and Rayon McLean
Sunday, January 3, 4PM EST
AFRO-FUTURISM AND THE JAMAICAN STAGE
Speakers: Tanya Batson Savage and Michael Holgate
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