Thursday, 3 October 2013

PLAYING THE PART: Actor-singer Andrew Clarke lands starring role in upcoming New York show

SINGULAR SENSATION: Clarke's stage credits include Amen Corner and, recently, Flambeaux.

Jamerican stage star and prize-winning vocalist Andrew Clarke continues to make strides Stateside. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Braata Folk Singers (and head of Braata Productions) in Brooklyn, New York, Clarke has been actively promoting Jamaican culture via the promotion of the work of writers, producers and directors all with Caribbean ties. 

Recently, Clarke turned his attention to the Trinidadian musical Flambeaux and up next is a feature role in Jason Williamson's A Girl Without Wing, a contemporary riff on an Andean myth, based on a folktale of the Quechua speaking communities of Ecuador and Peru.

The show (see poster at right) will run from October 4 to 27 at the International Theatre Arts Institute’s (IATI) newly renovated facility at 64 East Fourth Street in New York. Girl has been described as "an object theatre piece" that chronicles a lonely condor who falls in love with a spirited shepherd girl.

Per a recent release, Clarke not only views this as an opportunity to showcase his talent to a wider audience base, but to expand his repertoire as a global artist.

The actor, a 2009 recipient of the Prime Minister's Youth Award (Arts & Culture) and 2008's Grand Champion of the World at the Peforming Arts World Championships in Hollywood, also believes both productions offer useful ideas and approaches towards cultural preservation through the arts which be applied to future Braata projects.

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