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...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


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.

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