The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, Hobart and William Smith Colleges presents
Letters from the Dead: A Vigil For Roxie
A one woman show with Carol Lawes
Directed by Eugene Williams
When Wednesday, March 9 , 2011 at 7:30 pm
Where Headless Sullivan Theater 427 Exchange Street Geneva, NY
In an inner city Jamaican community, Miss Iris keeps a memorial for a son she has lost to gun violence. Reliving the tension and conflict of the past, she struggles to hear what the dead can teach her so she can move on into the future.
Miss Iris had bright dreams for her child. Her hopes are shattered when she finds a gun in his school bag. As Roxy grows up he takes on the role of protecting the community from surrounding gangs. He delves deep into violence and is killed by the police. Years later, his mother still struggles to put the pieces of her life and his back together by holding an annual vigil.
This production was collaboratively created by Amba Chevannes, Honor Ford-Smith, Carol Lawes and Eugene Williams
Sound design Eugene Williams
Stage Management Damion Radcliffe
Website design Camille Turner
We thank the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for their support for the research on Memory, Urban Violence and performance in Jamaica. We also thank members of the Hannah Town Cultural Group, the Rockfort Cultural Group, the Sistren Theatre Collective, the Peace Management Initiative, Jamaicans for Justice and the Jamaica School of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing arts for their assistance and advice.