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Q: How can Broadway have
an influence on humanity?
A: Theatre as a part of the cul-
tural economy in America is
an often unsung force in the
life of this society. In a technological
age in which it s easier and easier to
be isolated, theatre is a place where
people commune. Theatre is about
human connections happening right
in front of you, in which you are also
participating. We laugh and cry togeth-
er, yay and boo together. The actors
and the choices they make are affected
by your presence, often more than you
It s like going to football or cricket.
You root for characters you love, you
hope the actors have a great perform-
ance, and your support makes a dif-
Which productions have you per-
As a classically trained actor I ve
played everything from the Ghost of
Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol
to a Nigerian student in Lorraine Hans-
berry s A Raisin in The Sun, as well as
a French waiter, a doctor, drug dealer
and drag queen. This past year, at the
Shakespeare Theatre Company in
Washington, DC, I appeared alongside
Stacy Keach in repertory productions
of Henry IV, Parts I & II.
Here in NYC I was cast for two years
on Broadway puppeteering the title role
in War Horse at Lincoln Center Theatre.
I ve understudied a leading character
in an off-Broadway production of Ike
Holter s Hit The Wall, played the Car-
dinal in a production of Shakespeare s
King John, and just finished playing
the title role in Henrik Ibsen s Peer
Gynt. I recently finished playing several
roles in an off-Broadway adaptation of
the French classic, Antoine de Saint-
Exupéry s The Little Prince.
Which productions influence your
technique or career pursuits?
In live theatre individual perform-
ances tend to stick with me longer than
complete productions. In Fences on
Broadway, Denzel Washington con-
firmed that August Wilson s writing
about the lives of Black people was as
sweeping and monumental as the great-
est opera. Denzel made language sing
in ways I d never heard. In the Sydney
Theatre Company s beautiful produc-
tion of Chekov s Uncle Vanya, Cate
Blanchett s vocal resonance was mag-
nificent, she never shouted, even in the
balcony she sounded as if she was right
next to you.
Should visitors to NYC weigh
Broadway versus off-Broadway pro-
See theatre in NYC, not just Broad-
way, it s where some of the world s
greatest live performances can be found.
Look for shows that peak your interest.
My favourite New York theatre expe-
rience was an off-off-Broadway pro-
duction called Lying in a space with
under 100 seats.
Broadway isn t all musicals. Some
of the best musicals may never have a
Broadway run. Don t be limited by
labels. Get newspaper or go online and
be ready for an adventure.
Have you noticed more or fewer
Caribbean nationals in Broadway pro-
There are too many of us around---
many working under the radar---to pro-
vide anything resembling a proper list.
Last year, I worked with the wonderful
Carolyn Michelle Smith who is of Trini
parentage, who has a better Trini twang
than I do! She s been on Broadway in
Romeo & Juliet and appeared on the
Netflix series House of Cards.
John Douglas Thompson, considered
right now to be New York theatre s
great classical leading man, was born
in London but his parents are Jamaican.
Recent Yale grads Winston Duke of
Tobago and Paul Pryce of Trinidad are
making big impressions. In musical
theatre, Trini Krisha Marcano is one
Theatre...a place where people commune
Jude Sandy as the title character in The Immediate Family's New York City production of Peer Gynt, with
Jessica Crandall as Ase. PHOTO: BRITANNIE BOND
During his debut on Broadway in 2011 as a puppeteer for the lead
character in one of the hottest stage plays in recent times, War
Horse, a story about horses in World War I Europe, actor Jude
Sandy accumulated accolades and amazing memories.
"I'll never forget the sensation of our first performance, the lights
came down and we were not prepared for the tsunami
of applause. When the lights came up the audience
was on its feet, roaring and clapping. We could see
grown men in tears," recounts Sandy, 38.
"Famous people were streaming in to see us: Madonna,
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Lange and Samuel L Jackson. We could
see Hugh Jackman applauding, Ryan Gosling and Matthew
Broderick came backstage. Angela Bassett stayed a half hour
shaking hands with every cast member. The funny part is, I met
almost none of these people because after playing a horse for
over two hours all you want to do is take a shower, ice your
muscles and eat!"
Sunday Guardian caught up with the Trini thespian during
rehearsals with Fault Line Theater for Michael Periman's At The
Table, which opens this summer in New York City.
Continues on Page B7
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