(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A Woman’s Songbook is a snapshot of the lives of four contemporary Caribbean Women, challenged by life, love, choice and circumstance. This edgy and provocative drama, uses a collage of iconic songs, scripted dialogue, and projected image to address the deep emotional entanglements facing its characters.
The production is the result of a creative collaboration initiated by singer, songwriter, actor Claudia Edward, one which has grown exponentially to include the creative energies of Adrian Augier (Producer), Drenia Frederick (Director), and Kenson Hippolyte (Musical Director).
The “Songbook” production opens at the Palladium, Sandals Grande, April 13 and 14, and features a dynamic combination of voices unseen before on stage: Claudia Edward with co-stars, Darleen Anius, Dianna Philip and newcomer Jesmara Nelson.
The drama is set in St. Lucia at the “Bomb Shell Marina Restaurant and Bar” a place which promises many a shocking surprise. Trapped by bad weather and delightful coincidence, the four antagonists confront the complications and consequences of past actions. They are all hopeful that their dreams of love, respect and fulfilment can still come true, but also realize that life is seldom so perfect.
The conflicting egos of these vastly different women start to converge as they share the music of iconic singers like Billie Holiday, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, all of whom have their own histories of pain and glory.
If confession is good for the soul, A Woman’s Songbook will move audiences profoundly. It is an unusual tapestry of dialogue, music, image and effects, woven to produce an emotional rollercoaster laced with sardonic humor, sadness and celebration.
The drama is real, the music both sad and sublime. The dialogue is peppered with raw and raunchy moments counterpointed by delightful glimpses of pure hope and vulnerability.
A Woman’s Songbook opens at Sandals Grande, Friday April 13, 2018 with a gala reception, and continues Saturday April 14. Showtime is 8:00 P.M. nightly.
Tickets may be purchased at The Cell – Castries and Bay Walk Mall – or by calling 722-5033.
A Woman’s Songbook is presented in partnership with Heineken Light and Chenet Wines. Part proceeds will go toward the completion of the Ciceron Secondary School Theatre Arts Room, a community project of the Edward4Education Charity Foundation.