Upfront Theatre presents the second annual Caribbean Theatre Festival commencing on Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, June 30, 2002 at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road, Toronto, Ontario. The schedule for the Festival is as follows: Thursday, June 27, 2002 ? Festival launch, featuring skits, drummers, singers, dub poets, rappers, fashion show and reggae band. Friday, June 28, 2002 ? Out in the Cold, written by Jamaican based playwright, Leroy Murrey and directed by King David from CHRY 105.5 FM. Show time: 8:00 p.m; Saturday, June 29, 2002 ? Soccer tournament. Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m; Saturday, June 29, 2002, Soundclash, written and directed by Masani Montague. Show time: 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 30, 2002, Defending the Turf presented by the Children's Theatre Workshop and directed by Theresa Suppa. Show time: 3:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 30, 2002, Cultural show featuring the skit, Stressed Out Survivors written and directed by Bigga from CHRY 105.5 FM. Also on the stage will be Nina Shabazz and friends from Edmonton.
The Caribbean Theatre Festival will contribute to the diversity of artistic programming and experiences in the African Caribbean Canadian community by building on the rich theatre history in Canada. The Festival aims to produce an event that educates, entertains and delights its audiences. It also strives to create a greater cross-cultural understanding with its presence in the Canadian society and the intrinsic value of the work by the artists involved thus leading to an increased appreciation of the arts from the participants. The Festival will showcase established and emerging playwrights, actors, musicians, choreographers, dub poets, singers, deejays, set designers and costume designers from the African Caribbean community in Toronto and Edmonton.