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‘Duppy Boy’ introduces children to Jamaican folklore

November 06. 2013 9:42PM

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LIMA — The Ohio State University at Lima’s Theatre Department will be taking young people on a journey through Jamaican and West African culture in the production of “The Journey of a Duppy Boy,” with performances this Sunday, as well as on Nov. 16 and 17, at the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts on the OSU-Lima campus.

“This is the 19th season of our Theatre for Young Audiences program,” writer and director Maria Ignatieva said. “For our first show every year, we try to go international, showing folklore from different parts of the world.”

Ignatieva drew greatly from the folklore of Jamaica and West Africa in writing this story, which focuses on a young boy who, acting on a dare, becomes a “duppy,” or ghost, and must go on a journey to become a normal boy again.

“The play is his journey to becoming a normal boy again,” Ignatieva said.

This program not only introduces children to folklore from other parts of the world, but also aims to instill in those children a love for live theater.

“We’ll also have a time for questions,” Ignatieva said. “We want it to be a very interactive experience.”

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