Sunday, 2 October 2011

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Brian Heap and University Players return with Not About Eve

THESPIAN SPIRIT: Heap preps latest production.

For his long-awaited return to theatre after a more than a year away, acclaimed director Brian Heap is set to helm a revival of Karl Williams’ Not About Eve, first seen on the Jamaican stage back in 2006 and recently presented at a prestigious theatre festival in North Carolina. “I met up with Karl at a theatre conference in Chicago in July, and he told me he had revised the play and that he was on his way to North Carolina, where it was being given a public reading at the National Black Theatre Festival,” says Heap. “I proposed a Jamaican production with the University Players, and the rest is history.”

To bring the provocative family drama to life, Heap has assembled a formidable trio of players: veteran actress Carol Lawes returns to the stage after a long absence to take up the role of Mama, the family matriarch; University Players stalwart Nadean Rawlins plays her stressed-out business-woman daughter Katherine; and the third generation of the family will be portrayed by Lisa Williams, who most recently appeared in the local film Ghett’a Life. Together, the three paint a vivid picture of women’s lives in contemporary middle-class Jamaica, peeling back the layers to reveal some of the dissatisfactions and disillusionments which reside below the thin surface layer of outward family respectability.

“I think that in re-visiting his script, Karl has delved much more deeply into the psyches of the three women in the play,” says Heap. “Their characters seem more finely drawn than they were in the earlier version of the play, and the audience is drawn more deeply into their conflicts.”

For just six performances, Not About Eve will run at UWI Mona’s Philip Sherlock Centre: on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, and again from Wednesday, October 19 through Saturday, October 22.

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