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, November 14, 2012


Ryss with original and current cast member Irma Cadiz
What a show last night!  The cast really turned it out!  With Weez Tomlinson taking the reins in her role as Iya Carmen for the first time was nice to see.  The lovely Katherine Dickson understudied for her as she did her supernumerary gig at the Met Opera.

It was also wonderful to have Ryss in the audience.  She originated the role of the snoopy, busy body Cuban mother in the show's showcase production at Nuyorican Poets Cafe.   She looked and spoke wonderfully after recovering from a stroke.

Ryss with cast members Alzie Rejouis, Stacey Griffin, and Star Davis
Theatrical photographer, Lee Wexler, was there to take cast photos.  His work is breathtaking and I can't wait to see what he has for us.  He loved the show and I loved him!