A Vigil for Roxie is a one-woman stage play with performer Carol Lawes, directed by Eugene Williams. It was collectively created by Amba Chevannes, Honor Ford-Smith, Carol Lawes and Eugene Williams. The production has traveled to Colombia, UK, Geneva, New York and Jamaica with excerpts presented in Rochester, New York.
Here is some documentation of excerpts from A vigil for Roxie which was presented on March 11, 2011 at the Baobab Center in Rochester, NY.
Here are some responses from the audience
Performance at Rutgers University
We have been invited to present our work from Memory Urban Violence and Perfomance!
The MUVP team will be at Rutgers University, New Jersey to present a series of workshops and lectures, culmulating in the Vigil for Roxie performance on the final day. Details below!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 3:30pm
The Politics of Performing Memories of Urban Violence Transnationally
Lecture by: Honor Ford-Smith
Thursday, Novemeber 8, 2012 3:30pm
The Anancy Technique: A Doorway to Postcolonial Performance
Lecture by: Eugene Williams
Thursday, Novemeber 8, 2012 7:00pm
Memory Violence and Perfomance
Workshop by: Honor Ford-Smith & Camille Turner
Performance: Vigil for Roxie
Friday, November 9, 2012 8pm &
Saturday, November 10 2:00pm
George Street Playhouse
Performance at The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, Presented by Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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