New York, NY (Ms. RAINE INC): Trevor Rhone will go down in history as one of the driving forces behind pop-culture fascination with Jamaican music and language. As a co-writer of the groundbreaking 1972 film The Harder They Come, he introduced the American mainstream to the real Jamaica--focusing on the everyday lives of ordinary Jamaicans in their native language, and creating a platform to internationally showcase a then unknown sound called Reggae. The renowned playwright, author, actor and director, whose legendary works also include the book "Old Time Story," the play Two Can Play, and the screen gems Smile Orange and One Love, passed away on September 15th at the age of 69.
The Caribbean Cultural Theatre, and a host of other Caribbean-American cultural partners, under the patronage of the Honorable Geneive Brown Metzger, Consul General of Jamaica, New York, will be hosting a Tribute & Remembrance for the Life and Work of Playwright and Filmmaker Trevor D. Rhone, CD on Saturday, September 26th at St. Francis College-Founders Hall. The event will feature excerpts of Rhone's stage and screen gems, and culminate in a traditional Jamaican 'Nine Night' celebration or wake.
Guest performers include actors Claudia Robinson and Glen Morrison--part of the original cast of Rhone's screenplay Smile Orange, the Ancient Vibration Drummers, Andrene Bonner, Calabash Singers, Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Giggle Productions, Something Positive, and Miss Mattie Lou.
Programming Partners include the Brooklyn Caribbean Youth Festival, Guyana Cultural Association, Island Theatre Productions, and Soul Tone Disco.