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    Banana Boat Productions in collaboration with New Perspectives Theatre Company presents



    Two Caribbean plays reflecting on the nature of Passion, Sadness, & Regret
    Directed by Merlina Rich

    NOVEMBER 7-16, 2014

    Wednesday - Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday/Sunday matinee: 2:30pm

    New Perspectives Studio, 458 West 37th Street (@10th Avenue)

    Lifetime by  Nigel D. Moffatt  (Jamaica)

    Taking stock of the past is not all it’s cracked up to be.

    In this Award-winning play, Archie, recently widowed, takes a hard look at married life.

    Cinderella Syndrome by Zeno Obi Constance (Trinidad)

    What's better...part-time sadness or full-time madness

    Domestic abuse drives Virginia into a re-imagined fairytale of temporary, but unsteady comfort.


    Cindy Brown, Lindon Ferryman, Shykia Fields, Tessa Martin, Ronald Millwood, Ravin Patterson, Carsey Walker, Jr.*

    *appearing courtesy AEA

    Set Design: Meganne George

    Lighting Design: Ethan Steimel

    Costume Design: Merlina Rich

    Sound Design: Teresa Lotz

    Stage Manager: Carolina Arboleda

    Associate Producer: Melody Brooks


    New Perspectives Studio
    456 West 37th Street at 10th Avenue
    Ground Floor


    IMPORTANT: use optional NOTE on PayPal to specify the date/time of performance choice.

    $18 (use grey button)

    $15 for students and seniors  (use white button)


    Call 212-630-9945 or e-mail

    This production is made possible, in part, with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYS Council on the Arts and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

    BANANA BOAT PRODUCTIONS was established in 1998 with the aim of creating theatrical experiences of specific interest to the English-speaking Caribbean community of the greater New York metropolitan area.  Our operating premise is this:  the Caribbean culture is a multicolored and rich palette of expressions, experiences, and lifestyles that is in need of more exposure in the realm of truly meaningful theater.  Banana Boat Productions seeks out plays that focus very specifically on dramatic themes that reflect the historical and cultural development of Caribbean life as well as the present reality of Caribbean culture as it has settled into other global settings.  We attempt to bring thought-provoking and realistic theatrical experiences to people who can identify, reflect upon, and appreciate the relevance to their own lives.  In this context, our productions can be seen as experiential instruments to promote a greater elaboration, a deeper understanding, and more respectful view of oneself—in this case, a Caribbean self.

    MERLINA RICH is the Founder and Artistic Director of Banana Boat Productions. As a producer, director, writer, and actor, she has been involved in various productions over the past fifteen years, all having to do with Caribbean life and its manifestation in the larger world. Among the plays Merlina has produced are "Nine to Five Government Style", "The New Hardware Store", "Have Mouth Will Travel", "All I’ve Got", "Pretty Papers" and "Mamma Decemba". In partnership with the Caribbean-American Repertory Theater, she co-produced "Jestina's Calypso" and "My Children! My Africa!", which was nominated for an Audelco Award in 2004. Merlina is Assistant Director of THE RITUAL, originally co-produced with New Perspectives. She is very active in outreach to and collaboration with a range of Caribbean cultural and social organizations to foster greater connections within the community and provide needed services and support to Caribbean peoples. Through her many years as a flight attendant with American Airlines, Merlina has worked with the United Nations and other groups to provide health care to needy children from across the Caribbean, and bring supplies and financial support to schools in Jamaica.