Feb. 27, 2006:
*****UPDATE: The location for this event has been changed to Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Avenue, on the Morningside College Campus. The time remains the same.
Feb. 21, 2006
N a Sonje Foundation of Petionville, Haiti, will present “Three Innocents and a Spirit,” a historical drama depicting interactions of people from the Americas, Europe, and Africa from before the time of Christopher Columbus to the present, on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Randolph Room of Morningside College’s Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue. An open forum with cast members will follow the production. General admission is $5. The presentation, which is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS), is open to the public.
|Members of N a Sonje Foundation's theatre group include Harry Nicolas, Carla Van Dusen Bluntschli, and Djaloki N.J.L.B. Dessables.
“Three Innocents and a Spirit” incorporates mime, puppetry, dance, and music and depicts the destruction and acculturation of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans that resulted in a transfer of wealth and natural resources to Europe. During the drama, the characters experience a transformation and ultimately recognize their mutual need for one another and the necessity for forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation.
N a Sonje Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to encourage understanding between people of different cultures. “N a Sonje” is an everyday phrase in Haitian Creole meaning, “we will remember.” The foundation is affiliated with DOA/BN, a not-for-profit agency in Petionville, Haiti, that provides historical and cultural seminars, guided tours, and immersion experiences throughout Haiti.
The tour of “Three Innocents and a Spirit” is part of N a Sonje Foundation’s effort to raise funds for its Memory Village, a living, interactive, historical village located in the rural mountain village of Gwo Jan, near Port-au-Prince.
The group’s visit to Morningside is being coordinated by Dr. Shelley Wiley, visiting assistant professor of religious studies. Wiley has traveled extensively to Haiti to study the religions of the African Diaspora and Haitian Vodou within the context of Haiti’s history, politics, and culture. She is a member of the Haitian Studies Association and teaches about Haitian history, politics, art, music, and religions in her classes.