Mon, Apr 01 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

THE JAMAICAN CYCLE - Staged Reading

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THE JAMAICAN CYCLE - Staged Reading

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Apr 01, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007 - ROOM S144

About the Event

The Jamaican Cycle:

Brown Gyal in di Ring & Gully Queen

Two One Act Plays looking at LGBTQ Lives 30 Years Apart

Presented by REBEL THEATER

in Association with BRAATA PRODUCTIONS

ADAM MACE, RAJENDRA RAMOON MAHARAJ, ABDUL TUBMAN, KARL O'BRIAN WILLIAMS

Brown Gyal in di Ring is a play written and directed by Award-Winning Indo-Afro-Caribbean American Theatre Artist and Activist, Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. It is set on August 10, 1983 at The Cambridge Mansion in Stony Hill, in the parish of St. Andrew, on the island of Jamaica during hurricane season. The story focuses on a family dealing with a legacy of secrets, as well as the first wave of the Auto Immune Deficiency (AIDS) Virus that hit the island at the time. It brings attention to the continuing crisis of homophobic persecution and prejudice that was a part of Jamaican society and that still continues today.

Gully Queen tells the story of a young trans-woman who is forced to live in the sewers of Kingston, known in Jamaica as ‘gullies.’ She represents the many LGBTQ youth who lived in the gullies in 2013, and the many others who continue to dwell in unlivable conditions in the island due to extreme poverty and persecution. We follow her journey as she forges a path to a better life. As she dares to exist on her own terms, her struggle is one of grit, defiance, and glory. Gully Queen is written by Karl O’Brian Williams, and directed by Adam Mace.

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