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Crossing the Line to help Rio Claro school

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Shivana Maraj

The Princes Town Theatre Workshop (PTTW) will stage its latest production, Crossing the Line, in aid of the Rio Claro Vedic School. Written and directed by Seeta Persad the play will be staged at the Nu Image, Simplex Cultural Complex on Sunday at 4 pm. The play, which stars Ryan Martinez and Shivana Maraj, is laced with comedy and suspense. It tells of Guyana-born Rakesh who struggles to settle down in Trinidad. He is a hard-working man who made it big as the manager of a shipping company; however, he failed to find an ideal woman to be his wife. He ends up buying a marriage but met with challenges of a wife who is into alcohol and drugs; he applies his intelligence in putting things right in his personal life. Martinez plays the role of a jilted lover while Shivana is the “girl on the loose.” The duo is rehearsing with the rest of the cast that includes Kendell Jagganauth, Ravi Sinanan, Akshaye Khandoo, Shivana Sookhan, Ariti Mungal, Avinash Orie and Kavita Jankie. 


Martinez began performing when he was 13 years old and played Benji the dog at SanFest. He was recruited by the late Shane Bickram for The Pundits House II at 17; he acted the role of a 60-year-old man. He has performed in Say No to Eggnog, The Chinese Bride, The Coffin and Radha and Raja by Princes Town Theatre Workshop. Maraj is a senior dancer with the Amritam Shakti Dance Company and a finalist in the Prime Minister’s Best Village queen competition. She has been performing for seven years and toured the UK, Guadeloupe and St Lucia. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dance education. “I cannot see myself doing another job in life,” she said. “You must have a passion for the arts. Otherwise it will not work.” The play also features the talent of the Sangre Grande-based Bollywood Merry Makers orchestra and Amritam Shakti Dance Company. There will be tassa drumming and giveaways. Tickets cost $100 and are available at Angie’s Puja Store and Dipak Jewellers. Proceeds will go towards assisting the school principal Vidya Ramachala and her staff to help provide better accommodation for the children. 


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