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The Hunting Season
By Magaly Colimon-Christopher
Directed by Cezar Williams
Presented by Conch Shell Productions
Benefitting Lambi Fund of Haiti
Latea Theater @ Clemente Soto Cultural Center
Monday 7/16 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday 7/21 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday, 7/29 @ 11:15am-1:15pm
Friday 8/3 @ 8:30pm-10:30pm
Saturday 8/4 @ 4:30pm-6:30pm
A Haitian mother’s premonition that her son will be hunted and killed by police on this 18th birthday triggers her and her daughter to take drastic measures to alter his destiny. Can prayer for divine intervention and magical religious practices alter a Black son’s fate?
Magaly Colimon (Colimon-Christopher) (Playwright) is a native New Yorker of Haitian heritage. Her produced works include Yes Madame! (Short film) – Official Selection: Pan African Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Reel Sisters Film Festival, and HBREC Film Festival; Her Tory (Short film) – Semi-Finalist Caribbean Film Festival and Market; Butterscotch and Fudge (One-act play) – Ah-Ha Moments One-Act Play Festival; and BN4Real (Web series). Magaly is a Yale School of Drama graduate, a member of The Actor’s Studio Playwright & Directors Unit, and The Actor’s Center. Her play Silent Truth is a finalist in the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
Cezar Williams (Director) Recent credits include the Off-Broadway premiere of Dancing on Eggshells (Billie Holiday Theatre), Crowndation: I Will Not Lie to David (National Black Theatre), How To Be Safe (The Dirty Blondes in rep at the Kraine Theater), directing all seven short plays in the 8th Annual (The Fire This Time Festival), Free Will (The Arthur Seelen Theatre), Ghost Town and Tailypo (Detroit NY Festival), Lunchtime in Heaven (48 hours in Harlem), Nightfall and Slow Gin Fits (The Fire This Time Festival 2013 & 2014). He has worked at venues including The Actor’s Studio, Williamstown Theater Festival, 59 e.59th Street Theater, La Mama, The Cherry Lane, and the Bleeker Street Theater. Cezar is a graduate of New York University where he was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. He is the Artistic Director of the Obie Award-winning Fire This Time Festival and he is the co-founder of Robinson Williams Productions, a theater production company based in Yonkers, NY. Cezar Williams is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.cezarwilliams.com
About Conch Shell Productions
At Conch Shell Productions, our mission is to develop, workshop and produce new screenplays and plays by writers of Caribbean heritage. Founder, Magaly Colimon-Christopher is a first-generation Haitian-American actress/playwright/producer. The world of her plays often explores life from a viewpoint heavily influenced by the stories her family members shared about the complexities and wonders of Haitian culture and history. Her passion for new works written by similarly “hyphenated” Caribbean and native Caribbean playwrights and screenwriters inspired Magaly to co-found this company. Conch Shell Production’s workshop, reading series and production objectives are designed to give these emerging writers the opportunity to develop and promote their unique, culturally specific work. Conch Shell Productions is a member of Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY, and is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization.
“The Hunting Season is a moving testament, and portrait of one Haitian family’s generational trauma.” – Cassandra Medley, Playwright
“The Hunting Season is a powerful piece that intersects Haitian history, belief and spirituality with the American reality of the Black Lives Matter movement.” #Haiti+BLM – Pascale Armand, Tony Award-nominated actress “Eclipsed”
Magaly Colimon has created a larger than life character in “Marie”, a woman on par with the great women of Greek tragedy in that she’s capable of love that knows no bounds and capable of grand action. Magaly has everything she needs to be a great writer. Keep your eye on this rising star!
-William Mastrosimone, Screenwriter/Playwright