Thursday marked the anniversary of the birth of the late Caribbean Theatre director, Earl Warner, and as a tribute to his memory, award-winning actress, writer, and director, Joan Belfon, under the auspices of the Earl Warner Trust, remounted his seminal piece, Man Talk, for six shows only.
The play opened at the Theatre Place on Thursday with a gala performance at 8 p.m. and had a follow-up yesterday at the same time.
Tonight, the play will be shown at 5:30 and at 8:30 and will close tomorrow with shows at 5 and 8 p.m.
Belfon summarises the production as a series of profiles with men in various situations that bring life to some of the everyday issues with which they struggle.
The play pays attention to the decisions these men make, the consequences of their actions, and their thoughts on women, family, and themselves as they face daily life.
Originally mounted in 1996, the text largely consists of interviews with men around the Caribbean interspersed with excerpts from other writers of note.
The characters in the show represent a range of ethnicities, ages, and social backgrounds among Caribbean men.
Man Talk is a largely experimental production that features an all-male cast, with each character playing multiple roles.
The production also involves a talk-back session, led by the director, which engages the audience in discussion and further exploration of the issues raised.
According to a member of the original cast, Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, "The production aims not only at getting experts, academics, and activists involved, it can also facilitate the involvement of a larger number of ordinary men and boys in a dynamic process of critical exploration and discussion that can lead to positive transformation."
This staging of the production features a mixture of some of Jamaica's finest established male actors and newcomers to represent the generational gap.
The cast includes Carl Davis, Robert Clarke, Bobb Kerr, Andrew Jones, Marlon Walker, Mario-Lei Forbes, Sheldon Barnett, Desmond Dennis and Aundre Bennett.
"Man Talk provides playful, painful, and powerful portrayals of Caribbean men and contributes to our definition of Caribbean masculinity as partners, friends, lovers, and parents. The issues it delves into remain critical to the evolution and understanding of the Caribbean masculine identity," said Belfon.
Man Talk is rated 16 and over.