World Premiere of The Last Tiger in Haiti
The Last Tiger in Haiti at La Jolla Playhouse
The Last Tiger in Haiti
Photo by La Jolla Playhouse
The La Jolla Playhouse, in partner with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is producing The Last Tiger in Haiti from June 28th to July 24th. This gripping drama will be performed on the La Jolla Playhouse’s second stage, Mandell Weiss Forum, on the UCSD campus. Written by Jeff Augustin, the drama begins on the last night of Karnaval in Haiti, with abandoned children sharing folktales and stories around a fire, passing the evening away. Gradually what is reality and what is fiction blurs, and clearly identifying what is true becomes ever more difficult. At dawn the following morning, the oldest of the children (upon deciding to leave and start life anew) realizes that his future and past are controlled by someone else entirely. Jeff Augustin weaves Haitian lore into a contemporary narrative and brings to life a world that seems extremely real and yet astonishingly imaginative, with survival and betrayal in every aspect.
Playwright Jeff Augustin is the writer of Little Children Dream of God, Cry Old Kingdom, That High Lonesome Sound, and Corktown. His plays have been performed at the Roundabout Underground, Actors Theater of Louisville, and Western Washington University. His pieces have been developed at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, and Seattle Rep. Currently the Shank Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons, Augustin is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop at Lark. Jeff Augustin has received quite a few awards and recognition such as the Lorraine Hansberry Award; he was a New York Theater Workshop 2015 Fellow and was presented with the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award.
Co-founder of THE TRIP, a San Diego-based performance group for which he recently directed Three Plays in a Tattoo Shop, Joshua Brody will be the director of Jeff Agustin’s The Last Tiger in Haiti with La Jolla Playhouse. Brody has directed productions across the United States including Chicago, New York, and here in San Diego. Some recent works he has directed consist of The Dybbuk, Titus Andronicus, Medea, Fourteen Flights, and True Believer. Having earned the Faberge Theater Award, Joshua Body is currently in residence at La Jolla Playhouse. Brody’s experience in the Arts will undoubtedly make The Last Tiger in Haiti unforgettable as the cast portrays Augustin’s characters.
Brittany Bellizeare, who plays Rose, has performed as Camae in the Mountaintop with Northern Stage. During her time in New York City, Bellizeare was a participant in numerous festivals including The NY Fringe and 48 Hours in Harlem. She received her B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and her M.F.A. from The New School for Drama. Brittany has made television appearances on The Knick on Cinemas, Facing Trauma on Discovery Health, and Eye Candy on MTV.
Max will be played by Andy Lucien, who has both regional and international theater credits. He has performed in The Qualms, The Last Seder, and City of Conversation off-Broadway. Lucien has appeared in Elementary, Token the webseries, BE the webseries, and Seven Lovers on television.
Clinton Roane has appeared on Broadway and in London in the Scottsboro Boys, and will be portraying Emmanuel, while Laurie will be brought to life by Jasmine St. Clair, who has appeared in La Jolla Playhouse’s 2011 production of Sideways. Reggie White will be playing Joseph in The Last Tiger in Haiti.
The cast and crew is filled to the brim with talent and will undoubtedly deliver a performance that will leave theatre-goers blown away and satisfied. With shows starting at 7:30pm Tuesday through Sunday, make plans to spend a night at the theatre, immersed in the arts. Make an entire evening out of it, grab a bite to eat before the show, and meet up with friends for a quick drink after. Playing from June 28th to July 24th, The Last Tiger in Haiti will be making its world premiere at the Mandell Weiss Forum, so don’t miss out!