EMU Theater to Stage Musical Drama

It’s a musical, whimsical folk tale with a serious topic – what happens when one cultural group tries to change another one.

That’s the theme of Theater at Eastern Mennonite University’s spring mainstage production, “Ti-Jean and His Brothers,” by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Thursday-Saturday, Mar. 22-24 and again Mar. 29-31. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater of the University Commons.

Heidi Winters Vogel of EMU’s theater department directs a 10-member student cast in this folk tale lush with Caribbean rhythms and smatterings of Creole while exploring the effects of colonization on Caribbean identity.

Ti-Jean and His Brothers - poster

In the musical drama, the Devil challenges Ti-Jean and his brothers to a duel: if the Old Man can make them angry, he