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St. Maarten 2017

We are excited to announce our final project of the year, a collaboration between multiple CWB chapters! Artists from USA, Brazil, and the UK will partner with Behind the Beyond Community Theatre Foundation for a project on the island of St. Maarten, in the Caribbean. St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world divided between two nations: The Netherlands and France.

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall on St. Maarten. The Category 5 storm was one of the most powerful hurricanes on record, and the New York Times described St. Maarten as one of the hardest hit Caribbean islands. With an economy that primarily relies on the tourist industry, residents of St. Maarten face the difficult task of rebuilding, coupled with high unemployment in the wake of the hurricane.

Behind the Beyond Foundation was formed shortly before Hurricane Irma, as a non-profit. The organizers offer theater classes and productions for locals. Behind the Beyond is working with locals on both the Dutch and French sides of the island to create unique programming based on community needs. From November 25 to December 8th, our international team will be touring a show for the school children, performing in community centers, and offering laughter and levity throughout the island.

CWB-USA is sending Alex Feldman, who has performed with us in Haiti in 2016. Alex made a short video about the project, which you can view here.

 

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