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– New York Premiere


Written by B. Nandi Jacob.
Directed by E. Wayne McDonald

Petra and Philbert – young lovers in Brooklyn – are compatible New Yorkers: she wants him and a green card; he serenades her and #4 train commuters. They are set to unite their dreams with marriage when his mother ascends from Trinidad and Tobago with a strange companion in tow, and break-up on her mind. As Philo weakens from his “mother-in-law’s” pressure, Petra’s hardened neighbor, the Jamaican Marva, jumps into the fray to save the day (or make it worse). As agendas are unfurled in belly-aching laughter, nuggets of hard, human truth emerge about family drama, personal success, housing security, and the immigrant angst: hard, real issues showing how our needs are the same and different.

Community Theater


Sunday - August 28 - 8pm
Tuesday - August 30 - 9pm
Thursday - September 1 - 9pm
Saturday - September 3 - 8pm
Thursday - September 8 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 17 - 2pm
Saturday - September 17 - 8pm

Running time: Mother-in-Law is 1 hour 20 minutes $20.
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Nandi B. Jacob is an accomplished playwright and a past participant in the Dream Up Festival. Her musical "Flambeaux; A Caribbean musical," premiered at the Dream Up Festival in 2013. A later production of "Flambeaux" went on to win six AUDELCO awards in 2015, including the award for Musical Production of the Year. Her works have been published and anthologized under the names Nandi Keyi and Nandi Jacob. Her plays have been produced in the United States and the Caribbean. Jacob heads the Ashenandi Stage Company, dedicated to exploring "the Caribbean space" through theater and other mediums.

E. Wayne McDonald (Director) is the artistic director of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. A Caribbean national born in Jamaica, McDonald has three decades of experience in the theater industry, mainly dealing with works that address Caribbean culture. He is the founder and curator of the Poets & Passions Literary Series, which has featured the works of Booker Prize winning author Marlon James, Flaherty Dunnan Award winner Tiphanie Yanique, and the famed Caribbean author Earl Lovelace. He has also directed a production of "Pantomime" by Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott at the Actor Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn.



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