Country Duppy for Father’s Day

Marcia Brown Productions presents its 8th annual Father’s Day stage presentation at the Jamaican Canadian Centre this Sunday, June 21, at 7 p.m.

This year, audiences will be entertained by the production, Country Duppy, an outrageous comedy rich in Caribbean folklore.

The action begins when Mammie MacIntosh, rumoured to be a powerful obeah-woman, dies in her small, rural village in the district of Bamboo Belly, Jamaica. As the neighbours gather in anticipation of the free food and drinks to be served after the funeral, strange things start to happen.

When Mammie’s coffin refuses to be pulled up the hill to the grave, funeral attendees are forced to enlist the help of a cow. But with the weight of the coffin surpassing the animal’s strength, the coffin is dropped, causing it to break open and Mammie’s duppy to escape.

For unknown reasons, the ghost flees and takes over the property belonging to Miss Beatrice, the village dressmaker and self-professed non-believer in “duppy stories”. The presence of the unwanted guest forces Miss Beatrice to call on the local obeah-man, Bredda Zacky, to control the situation.

More humorous than it is scary, this Jamaican ghost story, written by skilled playwright, Aston Cooke, is an experience worth having. Cooke also wrote Common-Law, Children Children and Single Entry, all of which were produced by Marcia Brown.

This year marks the 10th year that Marcia Brown has been producing plays on a consistent basis.

Besides the Father’s Day special at the JCC, Country Duppy will also be showing at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate on Saturday, June 27 at 8 p.m. and Central Peel Secondary School, on Sunday June 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Children under 12 are $15 (sold at the door only) and a special rate of $25 per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more.

Visit or call 416-843-8787.

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