University of the Virgin Islands Presents the World Premiere of David Edgecombe’s Play, ‘Lady of Parham'


MNI Alive

Release Date

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The University of the Virgin Island is currently hosting the world premiere of Communication Professor, David Edgecombe’s new play "Lady of Parham."

The play opened at the Little Theatre on the St. Thomas Campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014.

David Edgecombe is a celebrated playwright who has done numerous productions in the past to very high acclaim. This latest offering by Edgecombe, who is also the Director of the play, was set in 2014 on the island of Antigua. However, the scenes throughout the play go as far back as 1658 Antigua and 1882 Paris. The play features a relocated Irish gentleman farmer with a chest full of gold and silver. Although his family resists, the farmer decides to help a slave, who has taught himself to read and write, to spread literacy to all of Antigua’s children.

According to Edgecombe, in a media release sent to MNI Alive: Global Caribbean Media; "the play’s five characters are forced into soul searching as they find that greed, rivalry and corruption were already slowing the island’s development nearly 400 years ago."

He goes on to state; "Faced with the opportunity to learn the location of the farmer’s treasures, the players must decide if wealth is the answer to their problems or just another demon threatening to derail their own development and well-being."

Theatre lovers have an opportunity to catch what is sure to be a thrilling story as told only in the unique style of Edgecombe. Additional performances will take place on April 11, 12, 13 and 14. All shows begin at 8 p.m., except that on April 14, which will start at 7 p.m. Tickets for regular performances are $5 for students and $10 for adults. They are available at the UVI Bookstore, the UVI Humanities Building, Natural Livity (down town), and VI Bridal at Lockhart Gardens.

For more information contact Mary Alexander at (340) 693-1344 or David Edgecombe (340) 693-1355.


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