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LaRita ShelbyCaribbean Community Theatre (CCT) on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands has announced plans to produce selections from Dictation: Plays, Poems & Monologues by Los Angeles based actress, entertainer & media professional LaRita Shelby. Seven performances will be held over three weekends at CCT: June 5 – 20, 2015.

A Collection of Skits, Poems & Monologues by LaRita Shelby
Directed by Xiomara Sanchez and Eileen Bishop Des Jardins
Performance Dates: June 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM
Matinee: Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 4 PM

Five years in the making, Dictation is packed with all of the emotion, the essence and the relevance of the present-day black experience.

“An extraordinary text that fills the void for all actors of color.” – Juney Smith, Drama Instructor at the New York High School of Performing Arts.

“A performer’s dream. The work reads like confessions extracted from your very own soul!” – S. Torriano Berry, Film Professor, Howard University.

The St. Croix production of Dictation makes for the Caribbean Community Theatre’s second adaptation of this work. The first was in 2003 under the direction of Marsha Munchez. The 2015 production is directed by Eileen Bishop Des Jardins and Xiomara Sanchez. Miss Shelby’s humorous and dramatic spin on love, life and relationships evolve in dramatic skits and humorous monologues such as My Thigh Moved, Identity, I Left Generations Sitting on the Stoop, Butterflies & Trees, No Apologies and She Wanted Me to Miss the Game! Certain poems and monologues from the CCCT’s presentation have been translated into the local Crucian dialect.

Selections from Dictation have been performed by the Los Angeles cast of Feelings; The Mattie Theater Company and Made Line Productions in New York, and the “Yo’ Memphis” Performing Arts Troupe. The short play Espresso Cafe’ was selected by the NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Theatre Festival in 2014 and in the same year Miss Shelby was the Honorary Chairperson of the Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis. LaRita was inspired to write by her late aunt Mary (a gospel playwright) and LaRita’s fifth grade teacher from Clark Elementary in Washington, D. C.

LaRita holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University, and a Masters in Media & Communication Psychology from Touro University Worldwide. Currently LaRita teaches drama at a mental health facility for teens, she’s the Director of Digital Strategy at EURweb.com and she’s celebrating her son’s high school graduation. LaRita has released one album titled A Date with a Song with collaborator Willie Daniels, and a single in tribute to First Lady Michelle Obama called Mr. President’s Girl (avail online by Rita Shelby).

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CCT welcomes monetary donations as well as:

  • Costume items such as wigs, hats, gloves, suspenders, bow ties, neck ties, vests, belts, jackets, suits, shoes, boots, uniforms
  • Sewing notions: fabric, thread, buttons, needles, pins
  • Old newspapers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal)
  • Paint, paint brushes, rollers, roller pans, buckets
  • Outdoor floor tiles and plumbing for bar
  • Furniture (couches, chairs, stools, tables, trunks, lamps)
  • Playback equipment (television, DVD player, digital notebook/iPad)
  • Gift certificates from Cost-U-Less, K-Mart, Home Depot, Lisa’s Paint Store, Quality Electric, Gallows Bay Hardware, Quality Food.

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