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