“Three Innocents and a Spirit” Historical Drama
Performed at the N a Sonje Foundation Center, Pernier, Haiti, April 27, 2014
Produced by Joshua Steckley, former Mennonite Central Committee volunteer and professional filmmaker.
(For more details about the play and its history, roll over the above link that will take you directly to the site dedicated entirely to the play)
The N a Sonje Foundation presents Three Innocents and a spirit, a historical drama depicting the interactions of the peoples from the Americas, Europe, and Africa from before the time of Christopher Columbus, and the cultural crises that developed as a result. The cast engages in a post-production discussion, creating an open forum for ideas and solutions that can help towards the healing of our fractured societies.
“Three Innocents and a spirit” is performed by a team of Haitian men and women representing the Native American and African cultures, respectively, and an American woman representing the European culture. Dressed in symbolic costumes, the actors weave together mime, interactive participation, authentic historical texts and music to demonstrate the progression and effect of historical events.
The play exposes the destruction and acculturation of the Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans through the transatlantic slave trade, which resulted in a transfer of wealth and natural resources to Europe. Near the end of the drama the Native American, European, and African characters experience a transformational awakening through which they realize their physical and spiritual losses, as well as their mutual need for one another. The three characters and the rest of the cast, offer each other gestures of compassion and forgiveness, ultimately recognizing the need for healing, reconciliation and reparations.
This drama is a highly stylized and portrays in simple form the lives of the native peoples of 3 continents and their mutual history, thereby condensing and combining easily recognized symbols, a true theatrical challenge, for 700 years to be contained in 47 minutes.
“3 Innocents” is performed to an original soundtrack with only three narrative texts but since the actions are mimed to the music and sound effects of these well-known historical events, our memories fill in the rest.
The N a Sonje Foundation speaks at high schools, colleges, universities, churches, businesses and organizations, as well as with local and national media about Haiti and its special role in this historical context.
US East coast 2016 tour in planning stages!
2014 formal performances at the N a Sonje Foundation center in Haiti (tours to the US planned for 2016) by our staff “INAM”:
January 14, 2014, University of Maryland
February 6, 2014, “First Free Church” Wisconsin
March 2, 2014, University of Loyola Marymount, California
March 9, 2014, American University, Washington DC
March 24, 2014, Fonkoze US staff, Washington DC
April 28, 2014, Eastern Michigan University
May 20, 2014, Documentary Team, Keystone College, Pennsylvania
June 5, 2014, Build-a-Bridge, Mercersberg Academy, Pennsylvania
July 20, 2014, Royalty Free Haiti, Colorado
October 3, 2014, Joe Rigelsky’s group from Wisconsin
November 4, 2014, Visitors from Ireland, Canada and Nigeria
November 15, 2014, Visitors from Amherst, MA
January 4, 2015: Loyola Marymount University, California
January 20, 2015: University of Maryland
January 28, 2015: Visitors from Colorado
February 13, 2015: Visitors from US
March 8: American University, Washington D.C.
March 13, 14, 15: 5 Year Anniversary celebrations for the Foundation
March 25: National Television of Haiti program
April 3: visitors from US
April 19: Longmeadow Church from MA
May 18: Flag Day presentation
June 5: LaRuche school in Pelerin, Petionville