Caribbean Playreading Series in NY

Caribbean Playreading Series in NY
Jamaican actress and singer Dianne Dixon .

Award winning Jamaican actress and singer Dianne Dixon has joined a stellar lineup of actors from across the Caribbean for the Braata Productions Caribbean Playreading Series to be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in Queens, New York, from April 22 – 24.

The Caribbean Playreading series is designed to create, develop, showcase and expose the best of Caribbean theatrical offerings and to introduce American audiences to the work of new and established playwrights from the Caribbean diaspora.

Over the course of the three-day event, a different Caribbean play will be presented as a staged reading on each evening. The three plays announced for this year’s series are “Bright Lights, Tent City” by France-Luce Benson (Haiti) on Friday April 22 at 8 pm, “Mom’s Eulogy” by Jermaine Rowe (Jamaica) on Saturday April 23 at 8 pm and “Shepherd” by Rawle Gibbons (Trinidad) on Sunday April 24 at 3 pm.

The event is free to the public, and Dixon will appear in two reading s- “Mom’s Eulogy” and “Shepherd.”

She will be joined by an acclaimed cast of established and emerging Caribbean–American actors including Andrew Clarke, Lincoln Brown, Ilana Warner, Nyanda Cammock, Mitzie Pratt, Monique John, Eric Berryman and Tyane Robinson.

In a stage and screen career spanning nearly two decades, the multitalented Dixon has established herself as one of the most dynamic and popular Caribbean actors working in New York today.

Renowned for her versatility, her resume includes many appearances in critically acclaimed productions spanning several genres.

Her dramatic appearances include productions such as “Haiti’s Children of God,” “One of Our Sons is Missing,” “An Old Woman Remembers,” “Massinisa – Lord of Thunder” and Jamaican Karl O Brian Williams’ “Not About Eve,” which played to sold out audiences at The National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina — the largest event of its kind in the world.

Her singing and dancing talents have also earned her excellent reviews in such musical productions as “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Flambeaux,” which swept the 2015 Audelco Awards for Excellence in Black Theater, winning six awards including Best Musical.

Dixon herself has been nominated for the Audelco Award — New York’s highest honor for Off Broadway black theater — on two occasions, as Best Supporting Actress for the musical Jamaica and again for the drama Dinner at The Manse.

Her television and film appearances include “Law and Order” and “Jamaican Mafia.”

A folklorist who is dedicated to the preservation of Jamaican and Caribbean folk traditions, Dixon is also a member of the popular Braata Folk Singers and frequently includes tributes to her idol and mentor, The Honorable Louise Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou) in her singing and live hosting appearances.

She is a 2008 recipient of the New York City Council Award and Proclamation for Excellence in the Arts, in recognition of her positive representation of Caribbean women and her contribution to preserving Caribbean culture in the New York and Tri State area.

The Jamaica Performing Arts Center is located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave., New York, 11432.

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