Playbill: Uncommon Voices, July 8, 2019

En Garde Arts
presents

$#!THOLE COUNTRY CLAPBACK

written & performed by Pascale Armand
directed by Patrice Johnson Chevannes
stage manager: Jennifer Ogasian

Artist Bios

Pascale Armand

Pascale Armand (Writer/Performer) has been recognized with a Tony nomination for her performance in Broadway’s Eclipsed by Danai Gurira as well as OBIE and Outer Critics Circle awards. She is a core member of Quick Silver Theatre and alumna of NYU’s graduate acting program with credits in theatre, film and television.
https://www.pascalearmand.com/

Patrice Johnson Chevannes

Patrice Johnson Chevannes (Director) is an award winning actress, writer, and director, whose Broadway acting credits include Racing Demon and The Crucible, (starring Liam Neeson). Off Broadway her credits include: Mies Julie; Good Grief; Homecoming Queen; Henry V; Tamburlaine; Pericles. Regional: Steel Hammer; Othello, (Desdemona, opposite Sir Patrick Stewart). Patrice is Jamaican/American. She began writing because she wanted to tell stories about her experience as an immigrant growing up in America. Patrice formed a production company with her siblings, God-and- all-o-wee Productions, Jamaican patois for, God and all of us. With the support of her brothers and sisters she has written, directed and produced, three award-winning independent feature films; Kings County, NY’s Dirty Laundry and Hill and Gully. She is proud to be a part of the Netflix Series, Chambers, starring Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn. Patrice is honored to be working with Pascale Armand.
http://patrice-johnson.com/home/


The following resources are a great place to start to learn more about Haiti from a social, political and historical perspective.

Books, websites and articles

Africana Age: African & African Diasporan Transformations in the 20th Century

Arthur, Charles & Dash, Michael (ed.) A Haiti Anthology: libète. Markus Weiner Publishers, 1999.

Curnette, Mark. Despite punishing history, Haiti remains revolutionary remarkable. Cincinnati Enquirer. March 27, 2019

Foley, Elise & Cook, Jesselyn. Trump Slams Protections For Immigrants From Shithole Countries. Huffington Post. January 11, 2018

Harriot, Michael. As Haiti burns, Never Forget: White People Did That. The Root. July 19, 2018

James, C.L.R. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. Vintage Books, 1989.

Kendi, Ibram. The Day “Shithole” Entered the Presidential Lexicon. The Atlantic. January 13, 2019

Knight, Franklin W.  The Caribbean, the Genesis of a Fragmented Nation Oxford University Press,  2012.

Wilentz, Amy. Without Haiti, the United States would, in fact, be a shithole. The Nation. January 12, 2018

Films and videos

Interview with Haitian author Edwidge Danticat on Trump’s “Shithole Countries” remark on Democracy Now. January 12, 2018

The Agronomist (2007) directed by Jonathan Demme

Battle For Haiti (2011) directed by Dan Reed, aired on PBS’ Frontline in 2011

Haiti Rising: Celebrating the First Black Republic (2004) directed by Robin Lloyd

When The Drum Is Beating (2012) directed by Whitney Dow

Resources compiled by A.J. Muhammad, Dramaturg

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