The University Players’ will pay tribute to the late Trevor Rhone with a staging of his award-winning comedy “Two Can Play” which will be presented for just six performances beginning Saturday October 17th and continuing through to Monday October 26 at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona.
Two Can Play, a work which won the award for Best Jamaican Play in 1982, features performances by 2008 Actor Boy Award nominees Nadean Rawlins and Alwyn Scott, and is directed by Brian Heap, who also won this year’s award for Best Director. The most recent University Players’ appearance by Nadean Rawlins and Alwyn Scott was in the Players’ memorable production of A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters which was presented earlier this year. In Two Can Play, Scott and Rawlins play Jim and Gloria, a Jamaican couple who try their wildest schemes to escape Kingston gun crime in the nineteen seventies and establish residence in the United States.
In his original foreword to the play Jamaica’s former Prime Minister Michael Manley wrote:
“Two Can Play is about love, and estrangement; about domination and liberation; about confusion and compassion. It is about two human beings who nearly lose one another – but who eventually struggle back together through uncertainty, through quarrels, through humiliation. Ultimately, Gloria and Jim survive because they learn to communicate and finally to re-discover one another – not so much as they were but as what they each can try to become.”
The University Players’ production of Two Can Play continues the tradition of the pursuit of excellence which the company has established for itself over the past few years. Nadean Rawlins has been involved, either as performer or producer, with all the University Players’ productions since the group’s revival in 2003. She says, “Each production by the Players brings its own challenges. That’s why so many actors in Jamaica are willing to give freely of their time to participate. All of us learn something, and at the same time are thrilled to be performing for such appreciative audiences.”
The production opens for six shows only at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on Saturday October 17th at 8pm. A special performance will be held at 6pm on Sunday October 18th to benefit the McSyl Basic School in Bellas Gate, to which Mr. Trevor Rhone had committed his support shortly before his passing. Thereafter performances will be on Thursday, and Friday and October 22nd, and 23rd at 8pm, Sunday October 25th at 6pm and Monday October 26 at 8pm. Please note there will be NO SHOW on Saturday October 24th. Two Can Play, runs for just six performances from Saturday October 17th thru to Monday October 26th. Don’t miss it!!
Further information about performances and tickets is available from the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona
Telephone 977-9770 or 927-1047