ABOUT...

A Summer in 1993 in Spanish Harlem finally reveals the secret past of Cuban-American cardiac nurse Negra Centron. A childhood secret torments the life and stifles the growth of a beautiful woman. The ancient religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, known as Regla de Ocha and Santeria in the Diaspora, is the engine behind this supernatural mystery thriller. This African-evolved religion, with its magic, is the backdrop for this tale of love, hate, deceit, betrayal, obsession, forgiveness, acceptance, and hope. Magic, ritual, and destiny are the threads unraveling this gripping, edgy, mystery/thriller.

Pressured by a suspicious mother, a strange bed-fellow, and an amorous co-worker, Negra battles to keep a childhood secret from unraveling while a restless spirit and the African gods seek justice...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another "WOUND IN TIME": Poem Dedicated to Me by Robert Gibbons



Poet, Robert Gibbons, read the role of Chee Chee in the staged reading of my screenplay version of AWIT. He wrote this poem, which was just published in the Milk Sugar Literary Journal, and dedicated it to me. Thank you Robert! Enjoy everyone!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

AWIT TEASER: MILLE AND IYA CARMEN PREPARE FOR SPIRITUAL CLEANING

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CARMEN begins shaking and rubbing her arms as if
cold.

CARMEN
HAY DIOS! It very bad in here. CARMEN jumps up reciting
the Lord’s Prayer in Spanish. MILLIE, bring the
shopping bag!

MILLIE (MOTIONS CARMEN TO SIT GETS SHOPPING BAG)
Sentarse! Sentarse! Sit! See, I tell you!We gotta get
rid of this guy, I tell you that much! Sit, I make
cafe.

CARMEN (AS SHE SITS)
It’s not just Tony, Mama! Mucho spiritual problemas
’round here. The dead do not rest.

MILLIE
I know it my Ruben, Negras padre. I know he very
unhappy.. He-- (SHAKES HEAD)

CARMEN (CUTTING MILLIE OFF, RAISES HAND)
No-- MILLIE rambles on, not listening, slowly rises
from chair.

MILLIE
That man was a blessing from the heavens. These kinda
things goin’(WHILE CHANGING FLOWERS) on ’round here...
I know, it very bad Ruben never like that Tony. When he
was little Ruben say to me, "This kid is a no good
son-of-a-gun. You’ll see. He bad one." He say--

CARMEN (CUTTING MILLIE OFF, SHAKING HEAD)
NO! It’s not just Tony. Very complicated situation
here.

MILLIE (OVERLAPPING CARMEN)
Ruben say to me over twenty years, he say, "I no trust
that guy ’round my little girls. Cuidado. Careful... My
Ruben was a hard workin’ man. He give NEGRA and Elsie
EV-ERY-THING! He go to mass every Sunday. Never miss
one day! I always have plenty of food. Always nice
things in mi house. That man, he saved my life! There
was NOTHING he wouldn't do for the girls! Though he in
the ground he made everything possible for his girls!
He save for Negra to go to nursin’ school, and I was
able to make beautiful wedding for Elsie... He still
with me, I know it. CARMEN, you know that I smell his
cigar! Si! I still smell the smoke from his cigar in my
house. That Ruben maybe?

CARMEN (PREOCCUPIED)
Maybe.

MILLIE (BREAKS DOWN IN TEARS)
Ruben, Ruben, my Ruben! I miss my Ruben!

CARMEN(RISES TO COMFORT MILLIE)
Calmate! Calmate! We better get to work. Alotta work to
do in here.

MILLIE (BREAKING AWAY. WALKS AROUND)
My Ruben! You know, I never tell nobody-nobody in this
world this story... When I meet Ruben I was just a
girl. I was VERY beautiful then-

CARMEN
You are still a very beautiful woman, MILLIE...

MILLIE
Ah, nothing like I was then! I was at La Plaza shopping
for mi Madre, only to buy a few things. We were poor,
but very proud people in them days in Matanzas. I see
many things at La Plaza, many beautiful things I’d like
to buy for miself. Of course, there is no money for
these things.

CARMEN (REFLECTING)
Yes, things were hard for many of us in Cuba.

MILLIE
I see a man across the way... A BIG, handsome man with
a big cigar in the side of his mouth. He wear a thick
gold chain with a medal of Santa Barbara, shinning
against his black skin. He was like Chango in person
(GIGGLING) You know somethin’? I don’t know what happen
to medal He never take it off. Never! I never see it
again since he- he- disappear that night... think maybe
they rob his body... He NEVER take Santa Barbara from
his neck!

RADIO SHOW

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I've been asked to appear on a radio show for a live interview. It will be on June 14th. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

AWIT TEASER: BOBBY VICO, TONY, AND CHEE CHEE IN CONFRONTATION

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CARMEN AND MILLIE exit SR. CHEE CHEE gets
comfortable on the stoop and takes a bottle of
Perrier from his expensive designer handbag. As he
begins to sip TONY and BOBBY V enter SL.

BOBBY V
Ooh wee! Looka here, Sweet Cakes!

CHEE CHEE
Go on fool! I aint got time for you!

TONY
What you say? You talkin’ to my buddy like that? Are
you CRAZY? Is that what you are, a Crazy Queer?

CHEE CHEE
Now look, mutha fucka you just better stay away from
me, with your sorry ass! Cuz you KNOW what time it is?

TONY (TAUNTING)
Oh, baby! Don’t be mad at me. I just can’t bear the
thought of you being pissed. How will I sleep nights?
How will I eat days? How will my DICK stay hard? (TONY
AND BOBBY LAUGH HYSTERICALLY)

BOBBY V (TRYING TO COMPOSE HIMSELF)
You know, that’s a really nice bag you got, CHEE.

CHEE CHEE rolls his eyes.

BOBBY V (CONT’D)
No, wait, I mean it! It’s really nice, right TONY?

TONY (REACHES OVER TOUCHING BAG)
Ooooooh! BEAU-TI-FUL!

BOBBY V
You know, I gotta get my ol’ lady one of dem bags. I
been lookin’ ’round for one just like it. Aint dat
right TONY?

TONY
Yep.

BOBBY V
I I-I can’t find one nowhere. My ol’ lady’s been
buggin’ me to get her one of dem bags since last
Christmas. What a coincidence that CHEE would have one.
Now, we all know how much I loves my ol’ lady...

TONY
I can damn sure testify to that!

BOBBY V
And how I’ll do anything--Anything to make her happy
cuz she’s my Italian Princess.

TONY
Amen. Princess Barbara, thats’s right!

BOBBY V
I don’t like to disappoint her, cause if I do she gonna
be bustin’ my balls every fuckin’ day... Now, Tell me
CHEE CHEE, (HAND GESTURES NY ITALIAN ACCENT) where the
fuck-a you get-a bag-a like-a dat-a?!

TONY (LAUGHING UNCONTROLLABLY)
Yeah, CHEE, where you get that bag, man?

CHARACTER BOBBY VICO IS FROM: Italian Harlem:America's Largest & Most Italian Little Italy

Italian Harlem:America's Largest & Most Italian Little Italy

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Tony Perez' best friend, and "partner in crime" is Bobby Vico. They grew up together around the corner from each other. But around Tony's corner was El Barrio, and around Bobby's corner was Little Italy. "A Wound In Time" takes plaace in the early 1990's. While today, Tony's corner has changed dramatically, Bobby V's corner remains pretty much the same...

Read this informative post about the history of "Italian Harlem" by clicking the link title.

Monday, May 24, 2010

ROMANCING THE HOOD...

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As I was writing 'A Wound In Time" I tried to capture the essence of the inner city. The essence being something of great beauty and intensity... Where exists a life force so strong, yet where the need to survive was always life or death. I remember, growing up in the South Bronx, hearing the distant beat of the conga drums on Summer nights. There was something that was very sensual about it. Just as there were stories of guys on street corners singing Doo Wop, there were the guys on the stoops, or in the park playing the congas to pass the time on hot nights. The distant sound of the congas is a memory that is so vivid and one that has stayed with me through the decades. For there is a paradoxical beauty to ghetto life. The struggle of making it through the next day; to the next pay check; to the next rent payment; the next meal, and the joy of dancing in the streets; of playing in the johnny pump; of neighbors knowing one another and their protective eyes watching the coming and going of strangers... For that was life in New York's inner city.

Though many things have changed in the inner city, the distant beat of the conga is a constant on hot Summer nights somewhere in Nueva York.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"AWIT TEASER": NEGRA AND CHEE CHEE IN CLUB SCENE/ Inner Life Featuring Jocelyn Brown - Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Larr...

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NEGRA and with best friend CHEE CHEE on the dance floor at The Rocket Club... Check out the video of the hot club mix they are singing below! I LOVE it!

CHEE CHEE
Woo, gurl! DJ Jellybean is spinning his
fine ass off up in here tonight!

NEGRA (SINGING)
"Aint no mountain high enough..." ...Remember the
night my-my father disappeared?

CHEE CHEE
Yeah, the night y’all had that big
party after Elsie’s communion?

NEGRA
Si. Big celebracion! It wasn’t
suppose to be such a big deal but
you know how it is when people in
the block smell a party, especially
in those days.

CHEE CHEE
I hear that, girl.(SINGING)"To keep me
to keep me from gettin’ to you!"

NEGRA
Mucho people. People were in and
out all night long. Soo much food
and booze... You remember how I was
back then... A bookworm and shit!
(LAUGING) You alll used to tease
me... Call me Mrs. Poindexter,
cause I didn’t hang out on the
Avenue or go to hookie parties--

CHEE CHEE (LAUGHING)
Shit! Sure do! You was SO quiet to
be SO pretty!

NEGRA (LAUGHING)
I was a lame, that’s what I was.

CHEE CHEE
Yep, and we used to call CLINTON,
you know CLINTON, whose mother
lives upstairs and bakes those good
’ol cakes...

NEGRA
Yeah, CLINTON WILLIAMS...

CHEE CHEE
Yeah, he used to have a block head!
We called him Poindexter and you
Mrs. Poindexter... You both were
so, so... studious!

NEGRA (LAUGHING)
Yeah, he was a lame too. He was at
the party that night lookin’ around
all strange and staring at people.
He was kinda weird... He still is
weird. He stopped by my house to
drop off some muffins for Mami.
He’s kinda cute now!




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Monday, May 17, 2010

"AWIT" TEASER: NEGRA ,TONY & CLINTON/BANG! BANG!

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This is the scene where "woman magnet" in the play, Tony Perez, sings the Joe Cuba oldie "Bang! Bang!"... "Cornbread, hog maws, and chitlins... Cornbread!" Since I wrote the play, of course it is a favorite of mine. Take a listen below. Enjoy!

NEGRA walks toward the phone. CLINTON stands
blocking her.

CLINTON
LIKE you said... It’s late. She’s probably asleep.
Don’t wake her!

NEGRA
Yeah... Guess you’re right. Well...?

CLINTON
OH! Here, the muffins...

NEGRA (TAKES THE BAG)
Ummm... Smells good. Thanks. Have a seat. TONY'll be
back in a minute!

CLINTON
So... Seems like you two are inseparable since he got
out of prison. Don’t come around much, but it seems
like whenever I see you, TONY’S not far behind.

NEGRA
That is more fiction than fact, CLINTON.
CLINTON begins to space out again.

NEGRA
Are you alright? CLINTON? Are you well?

CLINTON
Ah... SURE! I’m good, good... Oh, I get it you’re like
Florence Nightengale! Guess being a nurse and all makes
you overly concerned... Kinda parenoid, perhaps? (WEIRD
LAUGH)

NEGRA
I wouldn’t say that--

TONY walks in with two six packs.

TONY
ALL RIGHT! Ice cold cervezas! Here ya go! (HANDING A
BEER TO CLINTON) So man, what you been up to?

CLINTON
Ah, the usual. Doin’ some consulting for the
government. Gotta fly over to Kuwait to do some
environmental tests. Then--

TONY cuts off CLINTON's bragard ramblings.

TONY (TO NEGRA)
PUT ON SOME MUSIC! (TO CLINTON) Yeah, go on man!

A popular song plays in the background.

CLINTON
Oh. Then I’m going to be heading down to NASA to do an
independent assess--

TONY sings and hums to the music drowning out
CLINTON.

TONY
CORNBREAD, HOG MAWS AND CHITLINS, CORNBREAD!

NEGRA
TONY!

CLINTON
Ahem... I better be going. Hope MISS MILLIE enjoys the
muffins. I have to drive all the way back to the Island
tonight, anyway.

NEGRA
Why drive back tonight? Why don’t you stay downstairs
at your mother’s?

CLINTON
NO! I -I can’t- don’t like to stay... here...

NEGRA stands and sees CLINTON to the door.

NEGRA
Oh. Well, okay CLINTON. Take it easy. Get home safe.
(TO TONY) You know, you have the manners of a--

TONY
FUCK DAT GUY!

NEGRA shakes her head in disbelief. She then heads
into the bathroom. TONY sits in anticipation. Counting...

TONY
One-two-three... Oh shit...




Joe Cuba - Bang Bang - LMP .mp3
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

HANGIN' WITH THE ORIGINAL IYA CARMEN OF "A WOUND IN TIME" ELLA JOYCE


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Except for Broadway, TV, and film I hadn't seen Ella Joyce in over 22 years when I was a resident playwright at R.A.P.P. Arts Theatre and she was a member of the acting pool. The very first staged reading of the play was back in the 1980's and Ella would read the role of the Santeria priestess Iya Carmen.

Last month Ella was in town (she's been living in LA for years now) performing her one woman show, "A Rose Among Thorns", at the Billie Holiday Theatre. The show was fantastic and her depiction of Rosa Parks was uncanny. Years ago Ella would do outreach with mutual friend, Walter Bryant, traveling and performing at prisons, hospitals etc. Her work as Rosa Parks makes evident that Ella has not forgotten her roots and that she continues to give back. Ella now has the new script and I am looking forward to collaborating again someday.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

WILSON EXCLUSIVE TALENT PRODUCTIONS' WEBSITE AND MY OTHER PROJECTS

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Get the latest updates regarding all my current, past, and upcoming projects including the new script; my documentary footage; cultural tee shirt and "tribalspirit" relaunch; my poems; my acting footage; and more! Just click the link! W.E.T. Productions is the producer of "A Wound In Time".

LET'S LINK UP!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

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The full length drama "A Wound In Time" is coming at you October 22nd-24th and October 30th-November 1st. This could turn into an open ended run until the Spring with hopes of moving Off Broadway! Stay tune...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

THANK YOU!!!!!

Last week I had a staged reading for the screenplay version of 'AWIT".  It was held at the beautiful Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square.  It went very well,  considering there was some last minute drama (well it is a drama) concerning casting (resolved within just hours of the reading) and sound problems.  Some of those who gave their time and effort to the reading will continue on to be in the production of the play this Fall.  The director of the reading,  Orlando Iriarte,  will direct the play with me.  He's already working on his outfit for the Tony Awards! LOL!  I want to thank him and the cast Natasha Ononobgo; Joseph Melendez; Denia Brache; Christina Laboy; Robert Gibbons; Irma Cadiz; Will Mercado; Hjordys Matos; Harvey Johnson; and Jorge Rojas for their support.  Also,  a special thanks to Jamil Mangin,  who told be about the venue,  and to Regan Giddens and Dennis Delbene for their administrative assistance.

THANK YOU ALL!!!!

You've Come A Long Way, Baby! (Cont'd)/Video Courtesy Jose Olivar




My flight was canceled, and I would fly down the following month on October 18th. I dare say that my trip was filled with drama. After 12 hours of FINALLY getting to my destination I managed to get fabulous footage of the beautiful Sea Islands and its inhabitants during my 4 day stay. I also got a fantastic interview with the Queen of the Gullah Gee Chee. But I was dazed from all the chaos back home and enroute and committed a technical error. I had forgotten to turn on the mic for the Queen's interview... I was never able to continue on with the project again. In fact, I had lost interest in all things including, my website business.

It would be many months later before I was finally diagnosed with 9/11 related depression. And it would be years before I would be able to create again. My journey back was not only due to the help of counseling and medication. However, the joy of dancing to "House" music assisted in finally freeing me to create again. I would attend these fabulous parties on a monthly basis, making sure not to miss one after knowing the effect it was having on my recovery. First on the list was my old script "A Wound In Time"; revisng it as a play, and adapting it into a screenplay simultaneously.

Today, I am here writing on the play's website and will be finally producing it... I am no longer on medication and my only therapy is attending House music parties religiously! I am looking forward to ressurecting old projects, as well as creating new ones.




Wednesday, May 12, 2010

You've Come A Long Way, Baby!

In the 1980's and into the new millenium I was a totally productive artiste. I was either in a film, play, or writing or filming myself. I even had an online business where I was designing tees and ethnic jewelry as an off shoot of a documentaray project I was filming. It was great tackling many things at once including multiple jobs to support my personal projects. On September 13, 2001 I had a plane ticket to fly to Augusta, Georgia. I would then drive out to the Sea Islands of South Carolina to interview and film the Gullah Gee Chee People. On September 11, 2001 there was a horrific tragedy which changed the lives of so many, including myself. As I write this tears well up in my eyes... I will have to continue at another time...

THE EVOLUTION OF "A WOUND IN TIME"

More than 20 years ago I was a member of a resident playwright at an arts organization in the East Village. I wrote "A Wound In Time" while there and it had it's first staged reading. One of the members of the acting pool was Ella Joyce who would later have her own TV series (Roc) and star in films and on Broadway (Two Trains Running). She read the role of a Santeria Priestess.

Just last year I picked up the script for the first time in many years and adapted it into a screenplay while revising the play. The screenplay became a semifinalist and quarterfinalist in two recent international screenplay competitions.

Last week I had a staged reading for the screenplay and in October I will be producing and directing the play at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe. I am hoping to nest there until the Spring before making the move to Off Broadway if it does well. I will be holding auditions in July and presale tickets will be available on the Nuyorican website in July.

Friday, May 7, 2010

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF THE PLAY "A WOUND IN TIME"

Hello and welcome to my page devoted to my play “A Wound In Time”. You will get up to the minute updates, videos, photos, bios, gossip, links and more throughout auditions to rehearsals to the opening and beyond! Experience the JOY and PAIN of it all! Stay tuned...

A WOUND IN TIME: THE SYNOPSIS

(SYNOPSIS)
By Stephanie Lynn Wilson

A summer in 1993 in Spanish Harlem, a very different Spanish Harlem from today, finally reveals the secret past of Cuban-American Negra Centron. A childhood secret torments the life and stifles the growth of a beautiful woman. To protect her secret, she becomes strange bedfellows with Tony Perez, a woman magnet and small time hustler; to the dismay of those her lover her most, namely, her mother Millie and best friend Chee Chee.

The ancient religion of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, known as Santeria and Candomble in the Americas, is the engine behind this dramatic three act play. This African-evolved religion and its magic is the backdrop for this tale of love, self-hatred, deceit, homophobia, intra-racism, classicism and betrayal. Magic, ritual, and destiny are the threads unraveling this drama/thriller.

As a three act play it won two staged readings and actor Ella Joyce originated the role of Carmen over 22 years ago. It has finally been revised as a play, and adapted as a screenplay recently placing semi finalist and quarter finalist in two international film festivals. I am producing the play at Nuyorican Poets Cafe opening on October 22nd for an 8 show run.