The trials and tribulations of launching a play as the writer, producer and director. From auditions through the rehearsal process witness the evolution of this edgy, mystery thriller to the stage and beyond.
The play ,written in the late 80's, was adapted into a screenplay, revised and set in 1993. It was mounted in 2010 Off Off Broadway, and remounted, by popular demand, and had a successful run Off Broadway in 2012! In production and hoping to wrap late 2016 or early 2017. Stay tuned.
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, June 12, 2013
ENTERTAINMENT PIONEER AND DEAR FRIEND HAROLD CROMER PASSES
I met legendary entertainer Harold Cromer in 1999 when I was a bartender on Broadway. He held court at the famous Barrymore's watering hole and we shared many good times there. He saw something special in me and always encouraged me to get back on the stage. God am I gonna miss his impersonations and dirty jokes!
Me and Harold in August of 2011
One thing I knew for sure was that Harold wanted to tell his story, and I am glad to see that his grand-daughter is taking on the task.