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The Hunting Season
Can prayers for divine intervention save a Haitian woman’s son from police brutality?
By Magaly Colimon
Directed by Cezar Williams
Presented by Conch Shell Productions
Benefiting The Lambi Fund of Haiti
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?
Paule Aboite as “Marie Allerte Delacroix”
Esther Ayomide Akinsanya as “God”
Trevor Latez Hayes as “Boukman Delacroix”
Guyviaud Joseph as “Emanuel Delacroix”
James B. Kennedy as “Terry Lupo/Officer Michael Walker/Peter Frost”
Nadege Matteis as “Marie Jose ‘Jojo’ Delacroix”
*Melissa Mickens as “Dr. Farkas/Alana Lowe/Norma Payne”
“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
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
Emmanuel Adu (Still Photographer/Videographer) is a photographer and videographer. View his work at www.fusionworksny.com
Benjamin Ehrenreich (Lighting Designer) Selected Credits REGIONAL: Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins (BTG), Owners (Yale Rep). NYC: Playwrights for a Cause 2016-2017, PharmaBro, Clover (La Mama). Allen Lee Hughes Light Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. (2008-2009). He received his MFA in Lighting Design from the Yale School of Drama. www.behrenreich.com.
Caroline Eng (Sound Designer) is a New York-based sound designer and engineer. Credits: Follies (Astoria Performing Arts Company), Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Art House Productions), Layer the Walls (The Tank), CROWNDATION: I Will Not Lie to David (National Black Theatre). Caroline graduated from Fordham College at Lincoln Center. carolineengdesign.com.
Te Ting Lee (Costume Designer) is a native of Taiwan. She is currently designing in New York. Recent Credits: How To Be Safe (The Dirty Blondes Theater Company)
James Masciovecchio (Video Projection Designer) is the Artistic Director of the Cave Theater Co. and the Production Manager of the Fire This Time Festival. Recent Credits include Divorce Party, and Arturo Ui for Cave Theater.
Nubian Nene (Choreographer) A Montreal native, Nubian Nene is a well-rounded dancer/choreographer finding her inspiration in the hip hop, house, waacking and breaking styles, weaving them to create her unique approach. Credits: 2017 Lakou Nou resident – made possible by Haiti Cultural Exchange; LEGADO co-choreographer/performer presented at 5e Salle at la Place des Arts February 2017 (montreal)
Tierra Meschel (House Manager)
Alissen Williams (Assistant Stage Manager)
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. https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=17450
Founded jointly in 1994 by Haitians and Americans, the Lambi Fund of Haiti is a unique grassroots organization whose mission is to assist the popular, democratic movement in Haiti. Its goal is to help strengthen civil society in Haiti as a necessary foundation for democracy and development.
“The Lambi Fund of Haiti takes its lead from the peasant and women’s organizations with which we collaborate.”
The Lambi Fund is based on the premise that the Haitian people understand how development is best achieved in their country. Therefore, the Lambi Fund follows the lead of grassroots organizations in program and priorities. The Lambi Fund never dictates to a community organization what should be done. Through discussion and reflection, the peasants decide what is best for their community and present the project to the Lambi Fund for support in five project areas: Sustainable Development, Community Micro-credit, Animal Husbandry, Environment, Organizational and Leadership Training. To learn more, go to http://www.lambifund.org/
Paule Aboite (Marie Allerte Delacroix) is currently studying vocal performance at Hunter College and is glad to be returning to the stage. Paule was last seen in new operas for the Richard Burke Pocket Opera festival Marshawn and OperRabbit. Other credits include: Show Boat (Goodspeed Opera House) and Porgy and Bess (Orlando Philharmonic) “Thank you, Magaly, for bringing our culture to life through theatre!”
Esther Ayomide Akinsanya (God), an actress, writer and lyricist, depending on what I feel to give. Credits: Girl In The Basement, Produced by Narrowbridge Films; Lady Congo, Produced by American Theater for Actors; Polly Came Home Again, Produced by the American Theater for Actors: In Some Room Above The Street, Produced by the American Theater for Actors
Trevor Latez Hayes (Boukman Delacroix) studied Drama and Africana Studies at NYU Credits: Emmett Till in Clover at La Mama E.T.C, NYU: Howard in Young Jean Lee’s Safety Net and Phantom in Elizabeth Swados Golem: A Horror Opera.
Guyviaud Joseph (Emanuel Delacroix) First generation Haitian-American from Linden, New Jersey. Penn State University graduate with a degree in marketing. Worked at CBS as an Account Executive until resigning to pursue his passion to act. Recent credits: Power (STARZ), Sole Kings (web series), Half Magic (directed by Heather Graham), John Wick 2 (directed by Chad Stahelski)
James B. Kennedy (Terry Lupo/Officer Michael Walker/Peter Frost) is a Brooklyn based actor. Recent credits: All is Bright (Spring Fling, I.R.T), Clover (LaMama), Sousepaw: A Baseball Story (NYC, MN, SF, & Indy Fringe Festivals). Film credits: My Dinner with Schwartzey (upcoming short), Jack & Dodge (web series), & Seeking Sublet (web series).
Nadege Matteis (Marie Jose “Jojo” Delacroix) Nadege is very happy to be back on stage. Her most recent credits include The Public Theatre’s “Julius Caesar”, “Blackout” with The New Jersey Theater Center (No Peeking Theater), “In the Red and Brown Water” with SUNY Purchase Rep. I thank my God, family, and you.
Melissa Mickens (Dr. Farkas/Alana Lowe/Norma Payne) is a Harlem-based performer by way of Jackson, MS. Melissa is also the creator/writer/producer of Shampagne:The Web Series, now in its second season. AEA. @rocksolidmel; @shampagnethewebseries
Conch Shell Productions is Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas, and is a member of A.R.T./NY.