Classically trained Guyanese born Ingrid Griffith, will bring her satirical act to the stage of the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in New York City when she debuts her one-woman “Demerara Gold” on July 17, 18, and 19 at 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., respectively.
Based on her true life story, Griffith’s South American upbringing will be traced from the age of seven as a Guyanese girl left in the care of her grandmothers, one she describes as a rigid recluse, and the other, a religious fanatic.
The play, which will also run on July 20 at 6:45 p.m., Thursday 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Thursday 31, at 6:00 p.m. will give audiences a belly full of laughs as the brilliant actor rattle on about her arrival in America and how her life evolved after being reunited with her parents.
The 18-character parody will showcase the extraordinary talent of Griffith who is no stranger to the stage.
Last May, the actress brought audiences to their feet at the center stage at the Southampton Cultural Center in a supporting role in the play “Buckingham” a period piece by Tina Andrews, based on slavery and African bloodlines in British royalty.
Griffith, also a playwright just a month ago, wowed the Soho Playhouse with excerpts from “Demerara Gold” as an opening act for Debra Erhardt’s popular “Jamaica Farewell.”
The actress’ outstanding performances as Mama Nadi at John Jay Black Box, and as the lead character in “Ruin,” a play by Lynn Nottage about brothel women in war-torn Congo brought her rave reviews.
“Demerara Gold” will be showcased as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, which has been celebrating the diversity of theatre and has become a leader in presenting powerful works from around the world, and one of the best reasons to come to New York in the summertime.
This is the theatre’s 15th year. To learn more and to purchase tickets to the Demerara Gold, log on to www.midtownFestival.org or call 866-811-4111.