African Caribbean MixFest

A Reading Series Festival | Jan 19-29, 2021

MixFest, our annual free reading series exploring and celebrating the abundance of diverse stories in the theater, is BACK! Following Asian American MixFest in 2017, Middle Eastern MixFest in 2018 and Immigrant MixFest last year, we are delighted to announce African Caribbean MixFest, two weeks of readings of new work co-produced by playwright Guadalís Del Carmen and playwright, director and Artistic Director of the Young Vic Kwame Kwei-Armah!

MixFest 2021 BOOK FESTIVAL TIX

We’re thrilled to present virtual readings of full-length plays by France-Luce BensonGuadalís Del Carmen and Kwame Kwei-Armah; short plays by Jeff Augustin, Jasmine Lee-Jones and Whitney White, and three short commissioned plays by Julissa Contreras, Dane Figueroa Edidi and Patrice Johnson Chevannes! Plus, join for two panel discussions.

Reservations are free, but required.

At Atlantic, we’re committed to connecting deeply and authentically with audiences from a broad range of economic backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and perspectives. To further that commitment particularly in light of the current health crisis, we’re continuing to provide many of our offerings like MixFest free of charge. As a non-profit theater company, we have always relied on our community of supporters. But today, we need them more than ever.

If you can, we hope you’ll add a donation to your reservation for MixFest.

A gift of any size would go a long way in supporting our work with artists and sustaining accessible programming while we weather these challenging times. Thank you for your consideration!

The Lineup

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MEET THE WRITERS

Moderated by Alisha Espinosa

Tuesday, January 19 | 6 PM ET

African Caribbean MixFest will kick off with a group panel discussion. Learn more about the festival writers, their creative process and what inspires their work!

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LET THERE BE LOVE

by Kwame Kwei-Armah
directed by Reggie D. White
featuring Marin Ireland, Kevin Mambo & Renika Williams

Thursday, January 21 | 6PM ET

Let There Be Love tells the story of Alfred, a cantankerous and aging West Indian immigrant living in London, who has managed to alienate all those around him-including his equally headstrong daughter, with whom he rarely sees eye to eye. When an idealistic young Polish caregiver, new to the country, is assigned to look after him, he experiences a powerful reckoning with his past. 

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MIXFEST DOUBLE BILL!

directed by Dominique Rider

Friday, January 22 | 6 PM ET

A double bill of new work by two thrilling writers from either side of the Atlantic. In her solo piece, Evening Standard Award winner Jasmine Lee-Jones explores the language of love from 1476 to now. Obie and Lily Award-winning Whitney White‘s two-hander is set in a holding room of a space ship and the conversations inside start to feel frighteningly familiar.

I USED TO LOVE H.E.R.

by Jasmine Lee-Jones

ABDUCTION

by Whitney White
featuring Amara Brady & Travis Artz

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A COLLECTION OF SHORT PLAYS

directed by Danielle A. Drakes
featuring Betsy Aidem, Segun Akande, Patrice Johnson Chevannes
, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Chris Herbie Holland, Russell G JonesL Morgan LeeMichael LuwoyeMirirai Sithole, TL Thompson & Marquise Vilsón

Tuesday, January 26 | 6 PM ET

Join us for readings of three commissioned short plays by Julissa ContrerasDane Figueroa Edidi and Patrice Johnson Chevannes, plus a short play by Jeff Augustin.

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WHO IS THE CARIBBEAN IN AMERICA TODAY?

A Panel Moderated by Alisha Espinosa

Wednesday, January 27 | 6 PM ET

Hear from experts as they address this question through the lens of Caribbean history and the critical issues facing the African Caribbean community today, such as sex tourism, the effects of general tourism, and environmental concerns. Our panel of thinkers will also explore matters of leadership and the role of art in Caribbean culture. 

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TIGRESS OF SAN DOMINGUE

by France-Luce Benson
directed by Awoye Timpo
featuring China Brickey
, Safiya Fredericks, Dan Hopman, Fedna Jacquet, Russell G. Jones, Guyviaud Joseph, Margaret Odette & Bechir Sylvain

Thursday, January 28 | 6 PM ET

Part II of Benson’s Haitian Revolution trilogy Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution, Tigress of San Domingue continues the journey of Cécile, an enslaved African healer turned rebel soldier, and Valentine, a French expat caught between two worlds. As Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines continue the fight for freedom and equality, Cécile, rises up the military ranks. Driven by a dangerous combination of trauma and ambition, she must choose between her obligation to family,  and their allegiance to the new  nation rising from the ashes.

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This reading was generously underwritten by Diane M. Miller. 


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A SHERO’S JOURNEY OR WHAT ANACAONA AND YEMAYÁ TAUGHT ME

by Guadalís Del Carmen
directed by Awoye Timpo
featuring David Anzuelo
, Christopher Cassarino, Ricardo ChaviraPatrice Johnson Chevannes, Cindy De La Cruz, Jesus E. Martinez, Adesola Osakalumi & Judy Reyes

Friday, January 29 | 6 PM ET

Zoila has had her entire life planned and laid out for her by her family and society. She finds herself at a crossroads when she falls in love with a friend from the past. When tragedy hits, she decides to risk it all. Leaving everything behind, she meets two ancestral sheroes and together they embark on a journey that makes Zoila question everything she was taught.

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Institutional Support GET IN TOUCH

All of Atlantic’s new play and musical development activities are made possible, in part, by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Tow Foundation, with additional funding from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.