THE RITUAL

Genre: Drama
©Kepler Auguste
THE RITUAL by Zeno Obi Constance. Directed by Melody Brooks

It’s Friday morning, first period at Senior Secondary School in Trinidad and Omega is pregnant. Through “ritual” portrayals of the world around them her friends, five students, come to understand that the real key to empowerment lies within them. The play is highly stylized—each actor plays one of the girls as well as members from their community—lecherous taxi drivers; sanctimonious bourgeois; attractive Rasta boys; pompous judges and frightened parents.

New Perspectives Theatre Company and Banana Boat Productions are reprising their acclaimed production of this ground-breaking play to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. It earned Mr. Constance both fame and notoriety when it was cut from Trinidadian national television in 1979 in mid-broadcast due to its themes, and the characters' treatment of the societal forces that work against them.

“…the girls in THE RITUAL remind us that we mustn't underestimate young people; while at the same time, we must take responsibility for what they reflect back to us.” nytheatre.com

with: Zakiya Baptiste, Janelle Clayton, Angela Fraser, Nadege Matteis, Cassandra Ogbozor

Open:   06/19/19
Close:   06/30/19

Schedule:
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: June 19 - 30, 2019
Wednesday - Saturday @ 7:30pm; Sundays @ 4:00pm:
6/19/2019
6/20/2019
6/21/2019
6/22/2019
6/23/2019
6/26/2019
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6/28/2019
6/29/2019
6/30/2019
Theater:   New Perspectives Theatre Company
Address:   456 West 37th Street between 9th an
NEW YORK, NY 10018
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Cost:$20; $15 for Students and Seniors w/ID; TDF accepted
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