The Players’ Workshop returns to the theatre scene with Peter Shaffer’s Equus at the Little Carib Theatre.
It has been nine years since workshop produced for the theatre. With the exception of producing the Dimanche Gras show in 2014, the company has been dormant since its 2008 production of Three Women which the 2009 Cacique Award for Most Outstanding Production.
In an interview with the TT Performing Arts Network, producer Gregory McGuire credited Mervyn de Goaes as the one to bring the company out of its hiatus, said a media release.
“Mervyn had a plan to do three plays beginning with Equus, which will be followed by two others in 2018. This opportunity to put a new meal on the theatre menu was of tremendous interest to us, so we agreed to take on the challenge of producers, in collaboration of the Actors Lab,” McGuire said.
McGuire explained why Equus specifically appealled to him: “A good script has always been important to us. We don’t do lame. If you look back at our record of productions, they are mainly plays that provoke social consciousness around common themes. We love plays that challenge society to look at itself, which for us (The Players’ Workshop) is what theatre is supposed to do.”
Inspired by a true story, Shaffer’s passionate and gripping psychological thriller is considered a cornerstone of contemporary drama.
The play has won multiple theatre awards including the Tony Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Most Outstanding Play.
De Goeas, director for the Players’ Workshop, characterises the play as a timeless contemporary classic that is heartbreaking and an emotionally difficult piece for actors.
The production also stars Cacique award-winning actors Cecilia Salazar, Michael Cherrie and introducing Makesi Algernon as Alan Strang. Also, Cacique award nominated actor Keino Swamber; Wayne Lee-Singh, UTT acting graduate Kemlon Nero, Avielle McArthur, Iyepha Biggot, Andrew Hall, and features models Kameel Ali, Christian John, Michaelo Richardson, Johnathan Samuel and Rakeem Moses as the play’s strapping steeds.
This play, which contains adult themes and may not be suitable for people below age 18, runs from October 18 to 22 at the theatre on White and Robert Streets, Woodbrook.
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