June 2, 7-9pm
Prospect Heights Community Farm
256 St. Marks Avenue (Prospect Heights)
A special evening in one of Brooklyn's beautiful community gardens featuring duppy (ghost) stories of the Caribbean presented by Caribbean Cultural Theater and tales of the sea with New York Harbor divers Lenny Speregen and Adam Brown. Presented by BAC in cooperation with Prospect Heights Community Farm, a fiscally sponsored project of the Open Space Institute.
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What's a duppy story?
Tales, imbued with the antics after-life characters and their interaction with those still alive, have been a staple of traditional societies the world over. Duppy (ghost) stories, although steeped in African folklore, borrow heavily from the myths, legends, cultures, and languages of the various migrants to the Caribbean. From the West African Bantu language, a duppy can either be the manifestation (in human or animal form) of the soul of a dead person, or a malevolent supernatural being. And the resulting tales can encompass themes of the devoutly religious to the overtly secular, from the darkly sinister to riotously amusing.
Adam Brown is founder and director of SilverScreen Marine, is a long established marine consultant and professional deep-sea diver. With over twenty five years of experience on both domestic and international projects, Mr. Brown has extensive expertise in maritime and environmental port issues. He and Lenny Speregen have worked together since 1977.
Lenny Speregen is certified to work on many brands of diving equipment, has completed more than 20,000 repairs, and has also performed on television and in movies as a stunt actor. Together, Mr. Brown and Speregen can map the NYC harbor bottom and bring up tales of the deep.
Caribbean Cultural Theater is a theatrical immersion experience presenting the work of Caribbean based and/or influenced writers, performers and other practitioners that both entertain and enlighten. With an eclectic and ever-evolving blend of artists and cultures, the company, through active collaboration with both Caribbean and non-Caribbean artists of all disciplines, honours balanced rendering of Caribbean culture and the Caribbean-American experience.
E. Wayne McDonald, Artistic Director of Caribbean Cultural Theatre, is a knowledgeable and effective storyteller, performer, writer and speaker on Caribbean cultural traditions, native language, and literature.
View the event flyer Moonlight_Stories_Jun_2.pdf