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July 28–September 29

HAITI

by William DuBois

 

This exciting melodrama takes us to the beautiful isle of Haiti in the 1790s.  The play begins as the great leader of the Haitian revolution, Toussaint L’Ouverture, is preparing to marshal the citizens of St. Dominque to defend against a final military insurgence to defeat them in their rebellion to establish the free island nation that would become Haiti.  Once a slave-colony, the freedom promised by the French monarch is now in question as France is in the midst of the revolution led by Napoleon, with its own future still uncertain.

Now Napoleon’s troops are landing on their shores to reclaim the colony as a subject of the new regime and to restore the bonds of enslavement to its citizens.  When the forces arrive, accompanied by their wives, they set up headquarters in the abandoned estate once owned by one of the most notorious slave owners from island’s past…his granddaughter, married to a French Colonel, is among them. As she settles into her “new home” she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the cause of the rebels, and inadvertently thrust into the intrigue of their underground movement. All the while, under the same roof, her husband and his fellow officers plot their strategies against the people she feels compelled to protect.