Live global-soul music sets the backdrop for SummerStage’s world premiere of The Power of the Trinity. This free event, is playing at three notable NYC hot spots ; Springfield Park, Queens on the 27th-28th of July, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July the 31st, and ending with three shows in Richard Rodgers Ampitheatre , Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem-NYC.
This show is an energetic theatrical concert about Ethiopia’s last monarch, Emperor Haile Selassie and his unbreakable determination to save the kingdom from foreign invasion.The Power of the Trinity is a play written by the late New York playwright, Roland Wolf that examines the determination of one man to save a nation. King Haile Selassie (whose name translates to Power of the Holy Trinity) was the last of a 3000 year reign of monarchs in Ethiopia and is recognized as one of the first globally conscious African leaders of the 20th century; and who. notably inadvertantly founded the root of the religion of Rastafarianism.
The production focuses on his leadership during Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia and Selassie’s riveting appeal for help from the League of Nations. Selassie’s famed speech on freedom and humanity ends with a haunting premonition of World War II, noting “It is Ethiopia today. It will be you tomorrow. “Using songs from Tomas Doncker’s album Power of the Trinity, which was inspired by the same events, sets the tone for a production colored with multiple personalities, at times introspective at times sobering but constantly inspiring and enduring.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAr4WWVDgA4&w=853&h=480] Here’s a little peek into Tomas Doncker’s project.
Doncker’s brand of global soul music flecked with R&B, jazz and funk influences breathes life into the story of a king who challenged the powers that be Award winning director Alfred Preisser has developed an aggressive modernist interpretation for this production which will feature live dance, elevated text, a live and vibrant original score and full staging that explores the strength of Selassie and the people of Ethiopia.
If you’re in NYC this Summer, this is definitely not an event to be missed! Nature, history, music and theatre..how much more culturally rounded could one be?
Find out more here: http://www.nycgovparks.org