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Harris examines the ex

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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On the heels of the revue Dat A Gwaan Jamaica: Remix , to the staging of her To The Finish as part of The University of the West Indies' 70th anniversary, writer/director Dahlia Harris is set to premiere another theatrical work — Case of the Ex! .

The work explores the sensitive issue of handling a relationship when your partners ex refuses to stay in the past, and centres around DJ Cheetah (Kadeem Wilson), a young reggae producer struggling to reclaim his popularity in the music industry. His latest love, Dymond (Alexandra Gregory) has her sights set on becoming a global star, and though Cheetah keeps ignoring her talent, her love for him prevents her from cutting ties and moving on. When a local station launches a lucrative national song competition, Cheetah seizes the opportunity to bring in his ex, DJ Cyattie (Dahlia Harris), to help him back to the top. However, Cyattie has other objectives — she wants to move from Cheetah's past into his present and has no qualms about getting rid of Dymond. With just one night to make a major hit, things get very heated in the recording studio. When the sun comes out..a choice will have to be made…who will wear the title of ex.

Harris has earned a reputation for introducing young talent to commerical theatre and this production is no exception

“Alexandra was actively involved in the Ardenne High School arts programme, earning multiple awards at the parish and national levels of the JCDC speech and drama competition. Her experience with the Tableaux Center for the dramatic arts, Tribe Sankofa and more recently, the Quilt Performing Arts Company has contributed to the maturity she brings to each character. We saw this in TVJ's social drama Inna De Bus. We are extremely happy to showcase her skills to a wider theatre audience,” Harris explained.

Wilson is fresh from his remarkable appearance in the Dat A Gwaan Jamaica series, and his credits includ popular films Ghett-A-Life, Home Again and Destiny. He has also starred in several theatrical productions including the LTM Pantomime, Oliver Samuels' Who a Di Don and in a number of works covering genres such as gospel as well as in revues, dramas and comedies. His television appearances include Kingston House.

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