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David Heron joins staged reading of ‘Leonora'

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:26 PM
David Heron

Actor and playwright David Heron, has joined the cast of the staged reading of Leonora.

The new drama, is written by David Stallings, from a concept by Antonio Minino, and inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s women’s liberation masterpiece, A Doll’s House.

The reading is directed by Antonio Minino and will be presented at The Theatre at The 14th Street Y, as part of their Free Readings series with two performances, on Saturday July 8 and Monday July10, at 7 p.m., on both evenings.

Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, is widely regarded as one of the world’s most popular and controversial works concerning female empowerment. Set in 19th century Norway, it details the collapse of a seemingly ideal marriage between a young, socially prominent housewife, Nora Helmer and her domineering banker husband, Torvald. When two characters from Nora’s humble past arrive unexpectedly at the family home during the Christmas holidays, a series of confrontations forces Nora to choose between her family and a chance at a life of her own as an independent single woman.

Stallings’ script for Leonora, places the story in the tropical setting of Jamaica during Christmas of 1951- years before its independence from Great Britain - and just months after, a devastating hurricane called Charlie, had ravaged the island.

Leonora Hartell, is now the play’s protagonist, a black Jamaican woman married to Tristan, a white British expatriate.

Heron plays the role of Shamar Campbell, a Jamaican banker of mixed ethnicity, who is about to be fired by Leonora’s husband, the newly appointed manager at his bank. Campbell arrives at the home of the couple to seek Leonora’s intervention to save his job - threatening to use secrets from her past to coerce her assistance.

According to Heron "The character is, of course, based on Ibsen’s Nils Krogstad in the original Doll’s House, and very often he has been portrayed as merely ruthless, cunning and amoral."

The Jamaican born Heron, was last seen on the New York stage in The New York Classical Theatre’s, The Winter’s Tale.