Written by Karina Billini

Directed by Andrés López-Alicea

The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama Playwrights Festival presents:
School of Drama Theater
151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor New York City


Jonathan Crimeni

Moire Kiyingi

Jillian Macklin

Miranda Powers

Matthew Thomas Scott

Ian Lawrence

Jazmyn Boone

Racquel Jean-Louis

Teresa Lafferty

Terry Barnes

Amelia Rizzuto


Set Design: Portia Elmer

Costume Design Grier Coleman

Lighting Design Jennifer Fok

Sound Design Sinan Refik Zafar

Production Stage Manager Emily Denardo*,

Assistant Stage Manager: Joanne Pan

Choreographer: Nigel Barnes

Photos by Joe Loper Photography


Trinidad-American community leader, Keami La Croix, has made a name for herself in Crown Heights’s West Indie community as the “Black Robin Hood.” But when she decides to create a campaign to reform the violence-stricken, yet very popular Brooklyn J’ouvert — the pre-dawn celebration that originated from slaves impersonating their masters’ masquerade balls — she is met by severe resistance from the black community that once loved her. Ah Sweeter Lyme is a poetic and gritty examination of cultural identity, gentrification, and the extent we will take to preserve where we come from.