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'Not About Eve' to receive Off-Broadway run

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Not About Eve, the award-winning play by Jamaican actor and playwright Karl O'Brian Williams, will have its New York premiere with a limited Off-Broadway run at the renowned Stage 11 Theater in Times Square, New York, from November 29 to December 2.

The three-character drama, which was the winner of the 2005 International Theatre Institute Actor Boy Award for Best New Jamaican Play, is produced by Braata Productions and directed by Daphnie Sicre, whose recent credits include the acclaimed New York premieres of Collateral Bodies and A New York Pastorela.

Not About Eve is a modern-day drama set in the middle-class home of The Shields family in St Andrew, Jamaica.

The household's three women - Agatha Rochester, her daughter Katherine Shields and her granddaughter Kimberly are at a crossroads in their lives, confronted by a changing society around them and the secrets in their own lives which threaten to tear their family apart.

The elder Mrs Rochester clings to old-world values and her religion to cope, but is confused and distressed when the fiercely independent Kimberly - a visual artist who represents a new generation seeking to define itself culturally and socially - begins to assert herself within the home.

Meanwhile, the upwardly mobile Katherine, a sexually adventurous entrepreneur and widow, is literally caught in the middle of the conflict between her mother and daughter, even as she struggles with the mistakes of her own past and forging a path forward.

The Cast

The cast of the New York production is comprised of Stacy Ann Brissett as Kimberly Shields, Ilana Warner as Katherine Shields and Sharon Tsahai King as Mama Rochester.

Not About Eve had its world premiere in Jamaica at the Pantry Playhouse in Kingston in 2005, and after a critically and commercially successful run, it was later produced by the award-winning University Players Company in 2011.

In that year, the script was chosen as an A-List selection for the Readers' Theatre Series at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Williams, an accomplished actor whose New York credits include Pecong at The National Black Theater and Antony and Cleopatra at The Poet's Den Theatre - is 'happy beyond words' to see the play finally get a New York production.

"I'm really very grateful to Andrew Clarke and Braata Productions for bringing Not About Eve to the New York stage for the first time," he said.

"Although this is really a showcase production with a very limited run for only one weekend, the objective is really to expose the work to a mainstream audience and hopefully take it further from there. We believe the universality of the play, its characters and theme will have resonance with audiences across the board, and because the language of the play - which is written in standard Jamaican English - is so readily accessible, we think it will definitely have tremendously broad appeal. Jamaicans and New Yorkers alike are in for something truly special come November 29," said Williams.