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...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

AWIT TEASER: NEGRA CENTRON AND DR. TODD ADAMS

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A very large condo in a luxury building on Manhattan's tony east side. It is nicely furnished with artwork and artifacts. There is a carved African figure on the mantel of the fireplace in the living room. There is a SPOT on NEGRA sitting on the floor amid a pile of pillows. TODD enters from SL with wine glass in hand...

TODD (HANDING NEGRA A DRINK)
Here's a fresh one.

NEGRA
Thanks.

TODD
You know, I still can't believe that you're here. I've been attempting to spend time outside of the hospital, seems like forever... Well, I finally did it!

NEGRA
Yes, we finally did it... The dinner was excellent. You're quite a chef. What else are you good at?

TODD (LAUGHING)
Woo! That's a loaded question!

NEGRA
O-kay... Let me rephrase that. What are your favorite past times?

TODD (TAKES CIGAR OUT OF BOX)
Well, I do like to cook, of course. It's kind of a hobby. I like tennis... Lousey at golf... Fond of French and English Lit. Travel quite a bit. Yes, I collect artifacts wherever I go. But my all time favorite is sailing.

NEGRA
Really. I've never gone sailing. Well, not real sailing. Been on the Circle Line, and Staten Island Ferry, though. My father--

NEGRA is visibly showing discomfort from the cigar smell.

TODD
Sailing... Now that's something special! A challenge that is relaxing and awe inspiring Get a good workout too! Are you alright or does the cigar bother you?

NEGRA
Oh, no-no. I just didn't know that you smoked cigars.

TODD
Ah, yes. After a good meal, a brandy, and nice company I like to indulge in a good cigar. (PUFFING AWAY) Don't tell the State Department, but this is from Cuba. (LAUGHS)

NEGRA (CLEARING THROAT)
So, you love the sea?

TODD
Yes, practically grew up on the sea. My family has sailed for generations. I hope one day we can share that. In fact, I'll be heading home to sail for the holiday. So, what about you?

NEGRA
Ah, I'd like that alot. Maybe someday...

TODD
I mean your favorite past time.

NEGRA
Oh, sorry. My life is pretty boring compared to yours.

TODD
I'm not asking you to compare our lives, NEGRA.

NEGRA
I don't get a chance to do much besides work.

TODD
Oh, we know how important your work is to you.

NEGRA
Well, once in a while I go to the movies or dancing with my best friend CHEE CHEE. My world is actually very small...

TODD
That's right! Your mother is in a wheelchair and you take care of her--

NEGRA
Well, actually I told a little fib on the phone that night. I was just kinda embarassed to invite you over because my place is not as nice as this... Just a room, really.