Barbadian actors Sonia Williams and Levi King will join an international cast of actors for the Caribbean premiere of “Carnival Medea – a bacchanal” in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Williams and King will play the roles of Nen/Mama Neza and Tan/Chantwelle in the production, to be presented by Lordstreet Theatre Company and Little Carib in time for T&T Carnival 2017.
Williams is a Performance Artist, Theatre Director, Writer, Educator in Theatre Arts, Inspirational Speaker and Activist. King is an award winning Actor and Director, with a series of other talents including singing and songwriting. In addition to the Barbadian actors, Carnival Medea will feature an all-star cast to include acclaimed Trinidadian-Canadian actor, Joseph Jomo Pierre as Jason, Tishanna Williams as Medea, Penelope Spencer, Cecilia Salazar, Susan Hannays-Abraham and Marie Chan-Durity as the Macomeres (Chorus), Kearn Samuel in the role of Creon/Aegeus and Norway-based Finnish performer Mari Pitkänen as the Tourist/Security to Aegeus.
The play, written by Dr. Shirlene Holmes of Georgia State University and T&T’s Rhoma Spencer, re-tells the classic Greek tragedy of Medea, whose husband casts her aside for a younger woman, and how she takes revenge for the infidelity. The work is re-imagined in a Trinbagonian setting, with the actors bringing to life such Traditional Masquerade characters as the Baby Doll, Pierrot Grenade, Dame Lorraine, Midnight Robber and Batonye.
In Carnival Medea, the Grenadian Medea, a baby doll, flees Carriacou with Jason, a Tobagonian stick fighter to live in Trinidad. After some years of marriage, he forsakes her to marry a younger woman. Distraught, she is determined to wreak havoc on the new bride and spite Jason where it hurts the most, by denying him access to his two sons.