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‘Tables Will Turn’ play to return to St. Vincent July

This photo, captured from a video, shows a scene in “Tables Will Turn”.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — Jems Theatre Company is bringing its play “Tables Will Turn” back to St. Vincent from July 12 to 15 and to Bequia on July 16, six years after it was first staged here.

“Tables Will Turn” is the third play by Vincentian Jerol Huggins Jackson, who is also director, producer and a member of the cast.

“My vision is to take our culture to the world because it is almost impossible to take the world to our culture,” Jackson told I-Witness News.

Tables Will Turn is poignant, funny, and provocatively entertaining that gives real meaning to the popular expression “If you live in a glass house don’t throw stones,” Jackson said.

The play depicts the every day struggles of an unemployed West Indian woman who is dependent on her relatives in the diaspora. She criticises the world, including the people she is dependent on — “she bites the hand that feeds her”.

The dialogue throughout the play races with intensity. On a moral level, it captures the shortcomings in one’s thinking, reasoning, attitude and behaviour when faced with situations that can mar social and intimate relationships forever, Jackson further stated.

The play touches on love, betrayal, death and HIV and brings to the fore the reality that HIV is not solely a disease transmitted among homosexuals.

The production opened in New York in 2006 at the Paul Robeson Theatre, the first Caribbean off Broadway play to open in a major theatre in the United States, according to Jackson.

Among the audience was then insurance executive, now Tourism Minister, Cecil “Ces” McKie, who was so impressed that he invited Jems to bring the play to SVG.

The play was staged in St. Vincent at the end of 2006 and proceeds were donated to the Rotary Club towards the construction of a children hospital in St. Vincent.

Jem then took the play back to New York then to Montreal, Toronto, and Miami.

According to Jems, Rose Gonzales of the Miami Harald said, “‘Tables Will Turn’ is an eye opener into the reality of love, lies, betrayal, adultery, HIV and the unthinkable that may unfold in a relationship. It definitely gives to the real meaning if you live in a glasshouse don’t throw stones … It is a must see. It will have you intrigued from start to finish.”

Jems quotes Randy Dopwell of VibesCaribbean as describing the play as “Very, very funny! Can’t stop laughing!”

“Funny! Belly laughs all the way!” Jem sites Keren Hinds, “The Workplace Success Expert” as saying of the production.

Dr. Rosmond Adams said, “Tables will turn is a true expression of Vincentian culture. It brings on stage humour yet the reality of our unique Vincentian Civilization. All Vincentians should be able to identify with it and to embrace it,” the theatre further stated.

For the July production the theatre has teamed up with several local organizations to assist in raising funds on their behalf.

Part proceeds will go to Bishop’s College, the Grammar School, School for Children with Special Needs, Jaycees, the Medical Association, Leave Out Violence in SVG, Bequia Reading Club, and Jems Progressive Community Organization.

After St. Vincent, the play will be staged to the British Virgin Island, and London.

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6 thoughts on “‘Tables Will Turn’ play to return to St. Vincent July

  1. Director, producer, actor, JOEL HUGGINS JACKSON may be interested to hear, if he didn’t already know, that the famed Producer-Director-Writer, ROY HUGGINS, has roots in the Eastern Caribbean. His grandfather is said to have come from NEVIS, from a family whose branches also went on to settle in ST. VINCENT island and in TRINIDAD. Could they in any way be related?

    Congratulations on your “TABLES WILL TURN”.

    We hoping to soon TURN THE TABLES ON THE MARXIST-LENINIST FIFTH COLUMNISTS IN OUR BELOVED SVG.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 23, 2012, 00:09
  2. NO-NONSENSE, you really UP-HOLD fifth columnists in SVG ?

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 26, 2012, 22:26
  3. STEVE_HUGGINS, first it was ONE TERM PAPA and then it was…….

    I SUGGEST that you get used to LONG TERM PAPA.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | May 27, 2012, 14:20
  4. VINCYPOWA, are you telling me that YOU TOO, like NO-NONSENSE, UP-HOLD the FIFTH-COLUMNISTS in SVG ?

    I you weren’t such a PARTISAN, PAROCHIAL, party hack, or RED WOLF woshipper, you would have noticed and/or remembered that it was yours truly who ACCURATELY PREDICTED the rise of the COPYCAT COMMUNIST [with apologies to PETER] if he would only join the main SVG political parties: ROBERT MILTON CATO’s ST.VINCENT LABOUR PARTY, or, the JAMES F. MITCHELL NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY – – – otherwise HE WOULD CONTINUE TO LANGUISH IN THE POLITICAL DESERT without ever winning a seat on his own [lonesome].

    Of course, your COPYCAT COMMUNIST HUMAN IDOL had to BEG A POLITICAL HAND-OUT and MERCY from his NEMESIS “Coconut Bat” enemy, Vincent Ian Beache. This was mixed thoroughly with the jerking ot the rug from under the feet of STANLEY STALKY JOHN, ORMISTON “KEN” BOYEA, LOUIS STRAKER, and RENE BAPTISTE, among others. STALKY JOHN and cousin KEN BOYEA were to be SET UP and TREACHEROUSLY DISCREDITED first, before the inside job COUP D’ ETAT within THE STANLEY JOHN SVLP, in order to facilitate the SUBVERSION, INFILTRATION, and HI-JACK OF THE LABOUR PARTY.

    Our COMMUNST INDOCTRINATION taught us to INFILTRATE, SUBVERT, AND TAKE-OVER the “MASS ORGANIZATIONS” IN SVG. Hence the YOULIMO strategy with the TRADE/WORKERS’ UNIONS, Youth groups, community organizations, and, of course, the major plum – – – THE POLITICAL PARTY.

    Yuh ‘tink it was easy for Commie ralphie francis to see CATO, TANNIS, and Co., ACTUALLY HAVE the national party called LABOUR Party, with a national/party NEWSPAPER named The STAR – – – with a RED – coloured Mast-head, to boot ! Imagine the private, in-house, ‘NASHING OF ANGRY, GREEDY, JEALOUS, teeth !

    Thus, the R.M. CATO, H.K. TANNIS, SVLP, after the “second-generation” succession by VINCENT BEACHE and STALKY JOHN, WAS IDEOLOGICALLY DEFEATED BY THE LOCAL FIFTH-COLUMNIST COMMUNISTS, Youlimo, et al – – – including their MOST HATED RIVAL, the RED WOLF COMMUNIST HIGH PRIEST OF THE CARIBBEAN. The “Young Turks”, unheeding the urgent warnings of Cato and Tannis [and the earlier Beache, even Straker and Rene] STARTED TO OPEN THE DANGEROUS POLITICAL FLOOD-GATES, which SUDDENLY, BRUTALLY, VICIOUSLY, CASCADED INTO A GIGANTIC IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL TSUNAMI, which FACILITATED the SVLP LABOUR PARTY BEING CURRENTLY HELD HOSTAGE.

    The S.V.L.P. has ever since been A KIDNAPPED PARTY, with the collusion of Vincent, with other collaborators to folllow, due to his resentment at STALKY JOHN’s haste in taking over the LABOUR PARTY LEADERSHIP on the’second’ initiative ot the SVLP “Young Turks”. The tragic death of HUDSON TANNIS in a suspicious air-plane crash did not help matters any. Yet, even this did not motivate the successor SVLP mis-leaders to RETURN TO THEIR CATO-JOHN-YOUNG-TANNIS ROOTS.

    Also, if you weren’t such a FAWNIG political COPYCAT HENCHMAN, devoid of any latitude for objectivity or reason, PUBLICLY SINGING FOR YOUR TEA, BREAKFAST, AND DINNER, every live-long day, then you would investigate, research and know that this work-a-day ordinary VINCY was perhaps THE ONLY OBJECTIVE CRITIC of the COPYCAT COMMUNIST who was ADAMANT, CONVICTED, AND UNDETERED, in CORRECTLY FORECASTING MORE THAN A SINGLE TERM FOR THE duplicitous COMMUNIST SUBVERVERTER. Time to cease just carelessly, ignorantly and mendicantly , saying any unthinking rubbish that passes your skewed fancy, and FOOLISHLY ‘throwing tings out there’ to lamely see if any thing at all might stick. I stand increasingly convicted that those who accuse you of IGNORANT, even STUPID, posts MAYBE BE QUITE CORRECT – – – to an amazingly shocking degree. Substandard in content, SUBSTANDARD IN APPLICATION.

    What contemptibly weak excuses actually follow the COPYCAT these days.

    BUT, just RECENTLY, but perhaps while you were absent of late, I WAS THE ONE WHO REMINDED the community OF Dr. K. John’s year 2000/2001 prediction of twenty years/ four terms – – – THOUGH I AGAIN POO-POOHED THE IDEA – – – AS I FIRMLY DID THEN, and after. Yes, when you wish to see objectivity – – – COME HERE AGAIN. You don’t learn much of it, if anything, around the SQUEALERS AND COMPANY on ‘Gunny’s ANIMAL FARM.

    ‘PAPA-DOC’ Duvalierists, of the mendicant local variety ?

    But, back to border. YOU and NO-NONSENSE interest and amaze me with your UN-APOLOGETIC contenance, approval, and support, of FIFTH-COLUMNISTS COMMUNISTS IN SVG.

    NO-NONSENSE and VINCY POWA readily UP-HOLD FIFTH-COLUMNISTS in our beloved State of SVG ?

    OH, shame AND disgrace on the ‘gunny worshipping Ulp ‘race’.

    Posted by STEVE_ HUGGINS | May 28, 2012, 18:13
  5. Did I just see VINCYPOWA join NO-NONSENSE in supporting FIFTH-COLUMNISTS IN SVG?

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | May 29, 2012, 22:59

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