Integrity is core theme of forthcoming play

POSTED: 03/22/11 12:22 PM

St. Maarten – “It’s about checking on the integrity of all people.” Those words are how playwright and director O’Neil “Dippozit” Richards sums up his second production Virtuous. The play will premiere Friday and then be staged again on Saturday and Sunday. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be at the Philipsburg Community and Cultural Center.

Though the play deals with Christian themes, Richards believes dealing with the virtue of integrity opens the production to all audiences and will deal with issues he said are touchy for the church.

“We’re talking about what is virtuous and are showing the day to day struggle of being a Christian. It’s a mixture of things and we’re using it to ask questions around things like should Christians own guns and should they defend their territory and to look at how people’s situations affect them leading the Christian lifestyle,” Richards said.

One example of that struggle is that Ras and Jouvert, two of the main characters, have to conceal who they truly are in order to accomplish a goal that’s revealed near the end of the play. The pair owns a store in the Virtuous Mall and are victims of an extortion ring.

Another example of integrity that will be looked at is the way specifically Christians behave when they travel away from home.

“Part of the story is three people from St. Maarten who visit Jamaica and we see how Christians forget that they are Christians when they are in places where they do not know many people. There really is no central plot line so you have to grasp it for yourself. If you miss the ending, you miss the major part,” Richards said.

 

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