Two Comedic Plays open on the Bahamian Condition

Father’s Day & Single Seven 

Wednesday, February 12, 2004

Ringplay Productions announced today that they are in the final week of rehearsals for their first show of the 2004 theatrical season.

Opening on February 18th, at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, will be two One Act plays, Father’s Day, by Jeanne I. Thompson and Single Seven, by Susan Wallace, billed as a night of “Sweetheartin’ an' Numbas”. “This evening of entertainment promises to be a night of sidesplitting comedy as it takes a humorous look at two controversial aspects of the Bahamian condition”, according to Philip A. Burrows, Artistic Director of Ringplay Productions.

The first one act play, Father’s Day, features Anthony Roberts as ‘Zeke’ the consummate Bahamian playboy, juggling a wife, 13 children and two sweethearts. Fresh off his performance in last year’s The Landlord, Anthony won a DANSA for his performance of this role when Father’s Day was produced during the Dundas Repertory Season a number of years ago. Also reprising her role, from that same production, is the veteran DANSA winning actress, Claudette Allens, who has appeared in numerous plays over the past thirty years. Rounding out the cast are Doris (Rolle) Jackson who roared onto the Dundas stage in her DANSA winning comedic role in Woman Take Two and also appeared in the comedy Smile Orange, and Dienne Wilson, who was an outstanding child performer in the Dundas Repertory Season's Once On This Island and Woman Take Two.

The second play, Single Seven, features three actors who also recently performed in Ringplay's The Landlord. Val Maura, Hope Curry and Scott Adderley all gave strong performances back in August and we welcome them back for another Ringplay Production. Joining this production is Gwen Forbes-Kelly who is known for her stellar performances in Bell, Book and Candle and You Can Lead A Horse To Water. Gwen plays the proprietor of a small fruit stand fronting for a numbers racket. Rounding out the cast is Robert Pinder, last seen as a featured performer in Ringplay Productions’ Music Of The Bahamas. We are also proud to welcome to Ringplay newcomer Vanessa Williams.

“After a seven-year absence from directing plays in The Bahamas, we are pleased to welcome back Philip A. Burrows as director of these plays,” says Ringplay President David Jonathan Burrows. For seventeen years Burrows was Artistic and Resident Director of the Dundas Repertory Season and as such he directed approximately fifty plays, roughly half of them original Bahamian works, before leaving to take up a teaching position in Canada.

Sweetheartin’ an' Numbas will run Wednesday through Saturday for four weekends staring February 18th  at 8:30pm nightly. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.tajiz.com or by calling 324-1714.

Ringplay Productions is a Bahamian theatre production company dedicated to furthering the development of the arts in the Bahamas by presenting the best in national, regional and world theatre.