Direct from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Lordstreet Theatre Company’s production of Miss Miles: The Woman of the World will be performed at the Austin Arts Center at Trinity College, April 24 through 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Written and directed by Tony Hall, Miss Miles is a dramatization of the brief life of Gene Miles (1930-1972), a flamboyant fashionista and conscientious civil servant in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago who caused a court inquiry into that government’s “gas station racket” in the 1960s. The whistleblower lost her job, succumbed to mental illness, and died at age 42. For some, she has become a symbol of integrity in the civic life of Trinidad.
The one-person play stars Cecilia Salazar as Gene, summoned “from the world beyond” by the audience. Salazar has won nine Cacique Awards from the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago, a record for an actor. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Miss Miles, which opened to critical and popular acclaim in October 2011 in Port-of-Spain, marks the third Lordstreet Theatre production to be presented at Trinity College. In spring 1998, Lordstreet brought Jean and Dinah… Speak Their Minds Publicly by Tony Hall, and that fall, The Dragon Can’t Dance by Trinidadian author Earl Lovelace.
Tony Hall (b. 1948), a native of Port-of-Spain, apprenticed with Nobel laureate Derek Walcott in his flagship company, Trinidad Theatre Workshop, as an actor and a director (1973-1981). In the early 1990s, with Errol Fabien, Hall launched Lordstreet Theatre Company. Hall was an artist-in-residence at Trinity College (1998-2007) and on-site academic director of the Trinity-in-Trinidad Global Learning Site (1999-2007). Currently he is a lecturer in festival and drama studies at that site.
Performances of Miss Miles are free and open to the public. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26. Running time is approximately two hours.
The Hartford presentation of Miss Miles is made possible by funding from the Office of the President of Trinity College.