Border Story Fest: The Dominican Republic and Haiti

Border Story Fest: The Dominican Republic and Haiti, was a theatre festival that took place at Duke University March 29-30 and April 8, 2016. Presented at the festival were four of several monologues originally performed in New York in 2012 for a performance in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Parsley Massacre. That event was organized by and in support of Border of Lights.

  • Monologues – Directed by Duke PhD student Nehanda Loiseau (Romance Studies, Francophone Theatre):
    • "A Haitian Prayer" by Shareen Knight, read by Justin Baez and Victoria Prince
    • "La Jefa Speaks" by Magaly Colimon, performed by Sheila Dévis
    • "Grand Connection" by Kathleen Gonzales, performed by Keizra Mecklai
    • "A Piece of History" by France-Luce Benson, performed Alex Brunson
    • Professor Edward Paulino (CUNY) wrote and performed a one-man show, Eddie's Perejil, which explores the shared history and present-day tension between both countries.
    • One-Man Show – Directed by Samantha Galarza
    • "Eddie's Perejil" written and performed by Edward Paulino

The revival of these monologues at Duke, along with other festival performances and events, were sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, the Haiti Lab, Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke University's Department of Romance Studies, Duke Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Telling Our Stories of Home” Conference.