Theatre without boundaries… 

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of this ground-breaking play

New Perspectives Theatre and Banana Boat Productions



THE RITUAL, or Friday Morning, First Period

by Zeno Obi Constance


June 19 - 30, 2019



“…the girls in THE RITUAL remind us that we mustn't underestimate young people; while at the same time, we must take responsibility for what they reflect back to us.”


It’s Friday morning, first period at Senior Secondary School in Trinidad and Omega is pregnant. Through “ritual” portrayals of the world around them her friends, five students, come to understand that the real key to empowerment lies within them. The play is highly stylized—each actor plays one of the girls as well as members from their community—lecherous taxi drivers; sanctimonious bourgeois; attractive Rasta boys; pompous judges and frightened parents.


                                                                                              Director                                                                                                   Associate Director

                                                                                       Melody Brooks                                                 Shykia Fields


                        Production Designer                                                        Lighting Designer                                                               Costume Designer

                         Meganne George                                                                               Merlina Rich


Commedia dell'arte Coach, Original Production

Laura Rikard



Zakiya Baptiste, Janelle Clayton, Angela Fraser, Nadege Matteis, Cassandra Ogbozor.



June 19 - 30, 2019

Wednesday through Saturday @7:30pm; Sundays @ 4:00pm (running time, one hour)


New Perspectives Studio, 458 West 37th Street, Ground Floor @ 10th Avenue


TICKETS: $20.00; $15 Students and Seniors w/ID; TDF accepted

Cash only at box office

Advance Sale tickets available starting June 3rd


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EventBrite - The Ritual