Multi-award winning playwright Basil Dawkins’ moving and hilarious play, Feminine Justice, opens in Mississauga on Boxing Day, Saturday December 26, 7 p.m. at the Praise Cathedral Worship Centre, 6785 Millcreek Drive.
Produced by Marcia Brown Productions, Feminine Justice will run for three additional performances – Sunday, December 27 at 6 p.m. and Monday, December 28, also at 6 p.m. at The Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road, with the final performance in Brampton on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Lester B. Pearson Theatre, 150 Central Park Drive.
Feminine Justice, which is directed by Canute Lawrence, is a multi-layered story, going to the heart of what in some circles have become commonplace, but in others remain a taboo.
Feminine Justice brings to light the misconceptions that certain domestic situations are ailments of the so-called lower class, under-privileged, uneducated or associated only with common-law relationships.
Forced by her mother into marrying Wilton Chambers, a psychologist with power, wealth, status and fame, Vilma thought it might be the best thing that could have happened to her. Wilton, however, turned out to be an abusive husband, but Vilma is pressured to keep the abuse quite since Wilton is recognized by his peers as an astute professional in the medical fraternity, respected by the Bishop in his church as an honourable man, faithful in his giving. She understands that his reputation would be damaged if his treatment of her came to light, not to mention his bruised ego.
Fate steps in, however, when Wilton is involved in a serious life-threatening motor vehicle accident and is confronted with the consequences of his actions.
What does he do when he discovers his destiny lies in the hands of a woman?
His wife, on the other hand, must come to terms and accept responsibility for her own limitations. Will she lower her pride and receive fact-facing truths from a simple, uneducated and seemingly underprivileged gardener?
Feminine Justice is thought-provoking and evokes much emotion. The subject matter is not funny – but with the witty lines penned by Dawkins it certainly has it’s ample share of laughter-evoking moments throughout the play.
Feminine Justice received awards for Best Drama, Best New Jamaican Play and the most coveted, Best Production, from the International Theatre Institute (Jamaica Chapter) in 1999.
Brown has put together an excellent ensemble cast to fully execute the story of Feminine Justice including Brown herself who has been busy in Toronto’s Caribbean theatre scene since she arrived from Jamaica in 1989 in plays such as “Country Duppy”, “Children Children”, “Wipe That Smile:, “Single Entry”, “Rosetta” and “Common-Law”.
Comic actor, Naggo Morris who, it may seem, is a resident actor in plays produced by Marcia Brown Productions as well as Letna Allen-Rowe and newcomer to the Toronto stage Clive Forrester will round out the cast.
Dawkins’ characters are profoundly and intensely layered in ways that are engaging and compelling, and under Lawrence’s outstanding direction, the members of this peerless ensemble are working to ensure that the portrayal of their characters will leave audience members with unwavering conviction.
Tickets to Feminine Justice are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and are available at the general tickets outlets across the city, or by calling 416-843-8787.
Visit www.marciabrownproductions.com for further information or ticket reservation.