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 16, 2010


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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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