At Long Last, Drama Guild Returns


Noah Rega

“Dream on Monkey Mountain” opens Thursday night. The play begins with a short dance number.

After much anticipation, and a prolonged hiatus caused by the pandemic, the Drama Guild will return in stunning fashion with an onstage production of  “Dream on Monkey Mountain.”

The play was written by the late Derek Walcott, the renowned Saint Lucian poet/playwright, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Scene One of the play begins in a jail cell. (Noah Rega)

The show is being directed by Theater Teacher Ms. Patricia Flynn, H ’95. She long sought to present this play based on its powerful themes and decided to produce it now because of its relevance to current Drama Guild student actors. In addition, the play touches on topics that tie to current events. 

“This play has always been on the list and right now I have a number of kids who have some connection to the West Indies, including two key people I knew would be in the play,” Ms. Flynn said.

In an era where the “Black Lives Matter” movement has impacted so many, the play, Ms. Flynn said, will delve into very modern problems. 

“The show’s themes are racial identity and what happens to a society in the post-colonial era and how colonialism has affected the people there,” she said, “even though it was written in 1967.”

Drama Teacher Ms. Patricia Flynn gathers Drama Guild members for a pre-show pep talk. (Noah Rega)

The play, to be presented in Conlin Auditorium, will be shown at the following times: 

Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

 Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, at 7:30 p.m

and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. 

*Masks will be mandatory for all attendees.*