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Posted by:Jul 3rd 2006, 06:38:16 am
chapel"You Can Lead A Horse To Water", a play by Winston V. Saunders with Music and Rhythms by Cleophas R.E. Adderley Jr., is one of the most critically acclaimed plays in the history of Bahamian Theatre. It was first performed in Nassau, at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, in 1983 to rave reviews, and then presented to a Freeport audience shortly after it played in Nassau. In 1984 the play had a successful six-week run at the Julian Theatre in San Francisco. A revival was staged at the Dundas in 1988, and the Nassau public got to see the work once more before it was taken to Scotland in 1991 to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Fourteen years passed before the play would be staged again, and in November of 2005 it was performed at Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where again it was a critical success. It was felt, by Ringplay Productions, that it was time for a local audience to have the opportunity to see this brilliant work once again (or for the first time) after a fifteen-year absence from the Bahamian stage.

The following are excerpts from reviews of various productions of "You Can Lead A Horse To Water" that were staged between 1983 and 1991:

"...a play that leaps out and grabs you by the throat It comes at you from all directions..." - The Tribune

"...one is surprised at the theatrical daring by which this intense drama is interspersed by comic episodes. Not just a light relief to break the tension, but sustained comedy." - The Nassau Guardian

"...is a brilliant example of the assimilation and appropriation of the Greek model by a Bahamian artist to produce something Bahamian." - Anthony Dahl (Historical Introduction to the Literature of The Bahamas)

"...this story of Caribbean poverty, desperation, indolence and matricide is told in a swirling narrative frame by a trial." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Moving look at life's pain in the balmy Bahamas." - The Tribune (Oakland, California)

"...powerful, emotionally charged drama that thrusts its protagonist inexorably into his final act of matricide." -Delaria & Strobe (San Francisco, California)

"In both style and content Saunders' drama reflects cultures as ancient as the Greeks and as contemporary as tomorrow's headlines, with echoes of Brechtian Epic Theater along the way." - The Potrero View (San Francisco, California)

"Part social realism, part story theater, part Greek tragedy with choral commentary, "You Can Lead A Horse To Water" is above all a theatrical incantation - magic and fire and the marvel of the moment" - San Francisco Chronicle

"...intense and wonderfully theatrical and some of it is richly comical." - San Francisco Examiner

"...draws its title from the first line of a familiar, tired aphorism which is transformed in the hands of Bahamian playwright Winston Saunders, into an evocative metaphor for the struggle between an aspiring, idealistic young man and the mother he attempts to forcibly shape to his preconceived plans." - The Bay City News Service (San Francisco, California)

"Bahamian values are impressively explored..." - The List (Edinburgh, Scotland)

"...steeped in Bahamian culture and is deservedly one of the highlights of this year's Fringe." - The Scotsman (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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The Box Office for "You Can Lead A Horse To Water" opens at the Dundas on Monday, July 3, 2006. The hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Saturday and the phone number is 393-3728. Tickets are priced at $20 and information about Group Rates and/or Senior Citizen Discounts can be obtained from the Box Office.

"You Can Lead A Horse To Water" will run 8:30 pm nightly, at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, for three consecutive weekends:

July 6th – July 8th
July 13th - July 15th
July 20th - July 22nd

This production of "You Can Lead A Horse To Water" is an Official Independence Event.

Three threads on “…conch een ga no bone” has additional information and photographs of the play and of the rehearsal process:

http://artsbahamas.com/viewtopic.php?t=110
http://artsbahamas.com/viewtopic.php?t=329
http://artsbahamas.com/viewtopic.php?t=338

This production, directed by Philip A. Burrows and with musical direction by Cleophas R.E. Adderley Jr., will have a cast made up of the following people:

Cleveland “Anku” Eneas, Erica Lightbourn, Leah Eneas, Raymond Neymour, C.E. Huggins, Ryan V.A. Albury, Dienne Wilson, Doris P. Jackson, Claudette Allens, Kennedy Storr, Dana Knowles, Bonny Byfield, Scott Adderley, Jeanne Thompson, Alyson Estwick, Robert “Bobby” Pinder, Jovanna Hepburn, Anthony K.T. Roberts, Rowena Johnson, Audirio Sears, Jason (Javan) Evans, Candace Bostwick, Naomi Godet-Taylor, K.C. Strachan, Jody Deveaux-Knowles, Anya A.L. Smith and Moya Thompson.

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