“Coming Home” by Theresa Awai premieres at Trinidad’s Queen’s Hall

Nikki Crosby, Clifford Learmond, Caroline Taylor and Cecilia Salazar (left to right) stand behind playwright Theresa Awai

It is not often that an award-winning team of local actors are assembled on one stage, led by an award-winning director in a gripping local play by an award-winning local playwright. But that is what audiences can look forward to next weekend as the decorated cast of Theresa Awai’s “Coming Home take the stage in the play’s Queen’s Hall premiere.

Written by Cacique Award-winning actor and playwright Theresa Awai, “Coming Home” is a provocative, poignant, funny and ultimately heart-warming new work that tells the story of how one family’s decades’ old secrets, jealousies, and rivalries are uncovered when four strong-willed siblings battle over their deceased mother’s will. As the action unfolds, we find that blood is indeed thicker than water… until everyone reads the will.

Cacique Award-winning director Raymond Choo Kong has pushed himself and his cast to dig deep for this challenging work, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see some of Trinidad’s most well-known actors – often best-known for their comedic skills – showing their dramatic chops.

The cast and playwright get some instructions from director Raymond Choo Kong

The talented cast features Cecilia Salazar, holder of a record nine Cacique Awards and fresh off her triumphant portrayal of Gene Miles, as eldest sister Kathleen. The ever-popular and multiple Cacique Award winning Nikki Crosby and Clifford Learmond play Kathleen’s two younger siblings Elizabeth and Julius, while newcomer Caroline Taylor (aka me) – winner of Commonwealth and Hutchinson awards for Theatre (and one of our editors at MEP) – plays estranged baby sister Jennifer.

Rounding out the cast are veteran actor and radio personality Maurice Brash, alongside Rachel Bascombe-Koranteng and Chris Smith.

 

When & Where

This hard-hitting family drama unfolds at the Queen’s Hall from Thursday 29 March through Sunday 1 April, with an opening night special where all tickets are just $100 each.

Tickets Friday through Sunday are $150 general and $200 reserved seating, and go on sale at the Queen’s Hall Box Office on Monday 26 March, 12pm–6pm daily, tel: (868) 624-1284. Showtimes are 8:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 6:30pm on Sunday.

Tickets will also be available from Green Street Sports Bar & Grill (667-2495); Zippers (Ellerslie Plaza, 628-7978, & West Mall, 633-8308); Stetchers Trincity Mall (640-9274); Michael & Jody’s Gulf City Complex (653-0404); and the Card Gallery Price Plaza Chaguanas (672-9842).

For more information about the production, additional ticketing outlets, behind-the-scenes photos, and much more, visit RCKP’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/rckproductions; email raymondchookong@yahoo.com; or call (868) 384-8663 or (868) 320-8215.

Coming Home poster

 

Caroline is an editor and staff writer at MEP. She is also on MEP’s board of directors, and moonlights as an actor, singer, and director. She’s passionate about telling stories – on the page, on the stage, on screen – and in particular about documenting Caribbean lives and events. She’s currently trying to master unplugging from her iLife… For more: https://www.carolinetaylor.info.