On Monday 4 April at 9 PM, the Sala Aurelia at the American Academy’s Villa Aurelia was transformed into a theater space and resonated with the sights and sounds of the Caribbean, as Nobel Laureate and William B. Hart Resident Poet Derek Walcott led a cast including actors Wendell Manwarren, Giovanna Bozzolo and Dean Atta in the world premiere reading of his new play Moon-Child (Ti Jean in Concert).
Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia (West Indies) and has lived there for most of his life, with frequent travel and teaching abroad, including in the United States (where he taught at Boston University until 2007). In addition to being the author of sixteen books of poetry, Walcott is also a theater director and playwright, and founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959 and the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in 1981. He has written many plays, and also wrote the lyrics for Paul Simon’s musical The Cape Man. (more…)