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Classic Play, An Echo in the Bone, Is a Chilling Performance

themes being explored in the 1974 Caribbean classic, An Echo in the Bone, written by Dennis Jones and directed by D. Amy Rose Forbes-Erickson

Classic Play, An Echo in the Bone, Is a Chilling Performance

 

Poverty. Death. Race. Tradition. The Supernatural: all themes being explored in the 1974 Caribbean classic, An Echo in the Bone, written by Dennis Jones and directed by D. Amy Rose Forbes-Erickson.  The play, which hails from Jamaica, will be performed by the Kent State University Pan African Theatre Ensemble on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  The African Community Theatre is located in room 230 Oscar Ritchie Hall on Kent State University campus, 225 Terrace Drive, Kent, Ohio 44240.  A post-show discussion with members of the cast is scheduled following the performance and will stream on Facebook Live.

 

An Echo in the Bone is set in 1937 rural Jamaica and centers around the lives of a family still trapped in abject poverty – descendants of enslaved Africans who continue to work and live on a sugar plantation.  After the murder of the plantation owner, Mas’ Charles and the disappearance of Crew, the family patriarch, the family has an unforgettable experience during the nine night ceremony, a traditional African Jamaican ritual to usher departed loved ones to the afterlife.  In the play, the nine-night ceremony reveals what happened to Mas’ Charles through ritual spirit possession. Crew and the ancestors return to speak through the living: from enslaved ancestors on a slave ship in 1792, to Crew’s existence on a Jamaican sugar plantation in 1937.

 

An Echo in the Bone examines the burden of the greater crime: the murder of the white plantation owner, or the historic crime of slavery which led to his demise, and ultimately the family’s survival.

Tickets are free for Kent State University students, faculty and staff who show a valid KSU ID, general audiences will be admitted for $10.  Group reservations are by special arrangements and on a first come, first served basis.  For group reservations contact D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson at dforbese@kent.edu or (330)672-0082.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting the African Community Theatre website or by contacting the Department of Pan-African Studies at (330) 672-2300 or in person at the Pan-African Studies main office room 127 Oscar Ritche Hall, 225 Terrace Drive between the hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Box office opens at 6:30 pm the night of the show.

 

About The Pan-African Theatre Ensemble (P.A.T.E.)

The Pan-African Theatre Ensemble is an African-based theatre company using African performance elements in Pan-African and Global Black plays in the Department of Pan-African Studies, Kent State University. We produce two to three productions an academic year. P.A.T.E. members include Kent State University students, staff, and community volunteers from Northeast Ohio. P.A.T.E is actively recruiting volunteer actors for its community outreach and theatre in Northeast Ohio. No prior experience required. For membership info, please contact Dr. Forbes-Erickson at dforbese@kent.edu or (330) 672-0082.

 

 

For more information about upcoming performances, visit www.kent.edu/pas/act

 

Media contacts:

D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson             Phone: (330) 672-0082 Email: dforbese@kent.edu

Cinnamon Small                                  Phone: (330) 672-0035 Email: csmall@kent.edu  

 

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 8:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 9:45pm