PACK LIGHT travels to NY International Fringe Festival

Opening night is fast approaching! We debut at the New York International Fringe Festival in a matter of days… If you’re around, here’s some more information about the production!

Pack Light
Written & Performed by Caroline Neisha Taylor
Directed by Daniel Banks

Trinidadian writer and performer Caroline Taylor presents the world premiere of her one-woman show, PACK LIGHT, as part of the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). She is the first Trinidadian ever to write and present

PACK LIGHT invites us to think outside the check-boxes that define our lives. This one-woman, multi-media performance combines autobiography, character sketches, original video, and Afro-Caribbean music and dance in a funny, candid and moving reflection on cultural schizophrenia. With unflinching honesty and infectious off-beat humor, Caroline invites you into her world to share the joys and perils of wrangling Caribbean and British parentage; navigating U.S. life and airport security as a (legal!) alien; and being a multiracial and bi-national potpourri in a world of far too many check-boxes, where everyone keeps asking: “So…what are you, anyway?”

Cast & Crew

Caroline Neisha Taylor (writer, performer, videography): A Trinidad & Tobago National Scholarship winner and Honors degree graduate from Williams College, she has worked, studied and performed in the United States, Costa Rica, Trinidad, and Great Britain. Previous versions of PACK LIGHT were staged at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York and Williams College as Fragments of Creole Memory and Dis, Dat & the Other. Other theatrical performances include: David Rudder & Tony Hall’s The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club (Queen’s Hall, Trinidad); The Date (Looking Glass Forum, NY); The Olympians: Birth of Athena (Ohio Theatre, NY); The Bacchae; The Seagull; Prostitutes; and the title role in Countee Cullen’s Medea (Williamstheatre, MA).

Daniel Banks (director): Faculty, Department of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Directing: Anna in the Tropics (Belarussian National Drama Theatre, Minsk); Beautiful Warrior (produced by the Vineyard Theatre, NY); Jitney (National Theatre of Uganda, Kampala); U.K. premiere of John Guare’s Bosoms and Neglect (Teatro Technis, London); Countee Cullen’s Medea (Williams College); off-Broadway workshops of Richard Rogers’, The Princess and the Black-Eyed Pea and Bobos (John Houseman Theatre); Avenue X and The Cradle Will Rock (Undergraduate Drama, NYU). Movement/choreography: Hamlet (Singapore Rep); Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well that Ends Well (N.Y. Shakespeare Festival); Henry VI, Measure for Measure (Theatre for a New Audience); Really Rosie with Maurice Sendak (SUNY Purchase); The Magic Flute (La Monnaie, Brussels; Landestheater, Salzburg). Dr. Banks has directed workshops and readings, curated and hosted numerous panels, and served as Education Director for the NYC Hip Hop Theatre Festival. He is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. He recently spent three months teaching at University of Ghana and six weeks on a U.S. State Department sponsored program in South Africa in residence at the Market Theatre, leading Hip Hop Theatre workshops and creating youth leadership through the arts.

Production Team

  • Lighting design: Bradley J. King
  • Choreography: Natalie Joseph-Settle
  • Projection design: Andrew Lazarow
  • Stage management: Lauren Hester
  • Sound operator: Will ‘Spike’ Friedman
  • Lighting operator: Cynthia Jankowski
  • Video operator: Lauren Hester
  • ACR: Monica Rodriguez

Schedule

  • Friday 18 August @ 4:45pm
  • Saturday 19 August @ 5:15pm
  • Tuesday 22 August @ 8:45pm
  • Thursday 24 August @ 5:15pm
  • Saturday 26 August @ 8:45pm

Where: MCT, 52 White Street (btw. Broadway & Church), New York, NY 10013
Tickets: All tickets are $15, available online: http://www.FringeNYC.org

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