For the first time ever, a theatrical production direct from Grenada will be staged in the Bronx, N.Y. where the Grenadian and Eastern Caribbean community is very small.
“Yet, we are taking this sizzling family play from Grenada to the Bronx as a way of congratulating Jamaicans and Trinidadians on their 50th anniversary of independence,” says Herman Hall of EVERYBODY’S Magazine.
“The Happy Hour” starring Robert Whyte and Lisa Grappy with a cast of 11 will be performed on Saturday, June 2, 8:00 p.m. at Philip Sousa MS, 3750 Baychester Ave., Bronx and Sunday, June 3, 5:00 p.m. at Wingate Campus, 600 Kingston Ave. in Brooklyn.
“The Happy Hour” is based on life in the Caribbean and provides laughter from beginning to end. Audiences consider it theatrical magic and they have already declared “The Happy Hour” the Best Play in Grenada and the Eastern Caribbean 2012.
Robert Whyte and Sorona Abraham, with a supporting cast of Grenada’s best actors and actresses including Wayne Bubb, Lorenzo Munro, Tanisha Layne, Lisa Grappy James, Deleon Walters, Halim Abdulwali, Joshua Charles and Smith Roberts, are the stars of “The Happy Hour.”
Playwright and artistic director, Chris DeRiggs, said, “‘The Happy Hour’ is an absolutely hilarious story about a successful business man with too many skeletons in his closet. It has all the juicy ingredients of good Caribbean theatre, with family bacchanal over property, parasitic relatives, emotional triangles and wicked revelations … but that’s only part of the story. In keeping with the style of spine-tingling Caribbean comedy, more bacchanal is to follow.
“Look out for Father Anthony, the family priest. In the end, one thing is certain: Everyone will laugh and be happy. This is the nature of ‘The Happy Hour.’ It is a play that packs a great hilarious punch. For all those who saw ‘De Wedding’ when Heritage Theatre was last on tour in North America, ‘The Happy Hour’ is another roller coaster comedic ride.”
Since the Heritage Theatre Company with its “Happy Hour” play is on a limited tour of Toronto and Montreal only, Grenadians and other Caribbean nationals residing in Washington, DC and Maryland have chartered buses to take them to Brooklyn for the Sunday, June 3 performance.
Tickets for the performances are available online at www.everybodysmag.com and in popular Grenadian and Caribbean outlets in Bronx and Brooklyn.