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Actor Andrew Clarke Takes Wing in Retelling of Andean Myth

Andrew Clarke founder of Braata Productions

Andrew Clarke, Founder and Artistic Director of the Braata Folk Singers and head of Braata Productions is spreading his theatrical wings with an Andean myth. Clarke is a part of the cast in Jason Williamson’s new play A Girl Without Wings which is currently playing at the recently renovated International Theatre Arts Institute facility on 64 East Fourth Street.

A Girl Without Wings has been described as “a contemporary riff on timeless tale”. It is a retelling of the Andean myth of the love between a demigod and a shepherd girl who are in part separated because he is a Condor and she has no wings.

The play is being directed by Kathleen Amshoff with live music by Thomas Burns Scully. Set in the merciless, yet beautiful Andes, the story is brought to life with puppetry and is created a live Tigua painting using frames manipulated by the cast to create the shifts in scale in Tigua paintings. A Girl With No Wings stars Janice Amaya (Chaska), Matthew Stannah (Condor) and also features Laura Riveros, Christen Madrazo, Michael Axelrod and Ivano Pulito.

Clarke, a Jamaican actor and singer currently living in New York, recently performed in the Trinidadian play, Flambeaux. Heexplains that his participation in A Girl Without Wings will broaden his repertoire as well as provide exposure to a wider audience. He also intends to transpose some of the lessons from the production about using theatre for cultural preservation. Through Braata Productions, Clarke actively promotes Jamaican culture by facilitating and promoting writers, producers and directors.

IATI is a New York-based, non-profit performing arts organization established in 1968 which serves both English and Spanish speaking audiences of all ages. The play is a co-production with Dramatic Adventure Theatre.

A Girl Without Wings runs October 4 to 27. The play has been billed as suitable to all audiences.