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Acclaimed “Miss Miles – the woman of the world”

Acclaimed “Miss Miles – the woman of the world”
extends for three final nights in Port of Spain
Monday 21st NOVEMBER, 2011 (PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD): Tony Hall’s
acclaimed new play featuring Cecilia Salazar – Miss Miles: the Woman of the World –
returns for a record fifth week in Port of Spain this Friday 25 – Sunday 27th November at
the Little Carib Theatre. This will be the final run in Port of Spain for 2011.
Heralded by audiences and critics alike, the overwhelming public response has promoted
not one but three extensions of this celebrated and provocative local play. The show has
played to standing-room-only audiences and nightly standing ovations since premiering
at the Little Carib on 20th October. Critics and audiences have celebrated the timeliness
of this historic new play, which follows the life and tragic death of a true Trini patriot,
activist and whistle-blower Gene Miles. Those who knew the dynamic and colourful
Miles have praised Salazar for her sensitive and masterful portrayal of this Trinidadian
This tour-de-force one woman-play, Miss Miles – the Woman of the World is written and
directed by veteran actor, playwright and director Tony Hall and features the awardwinning
Cecilia Salazar as Trinidadian activist, singer, fashionista and public servant
Gene Miles. The play focuses on the clash between Gene Miles’ conscience, religious
faith, belief in truth and the rigid pre-set notions of the status quo. The story traces the 42
years of this attractive and intelligent woman’s short life – from growing up in preindependence,
colonial, Roman Catholic Trinidad, attending St. Joseph’s Convent (Port
of Spain), to the black power days of the early 1970’s, when a struggle to develop a new
and just society gave rise to social transformation.
Gene Miles, a Trinidad and Tobago patriot, took on the powerful state administration in
an anti-corruption campaign, The Gas Station Racket in the 1960s – and paid the ultimate
price. It is perceived widely that she stood up for high standards of morality in the public
service. She caused a commission of inquiry to be launched into what became known as
the “Gas Station racket”. But along the way “Gas Station Gene”, who was rumoured as
having an affair with the People’s National Movement minister of government John
O’Halloran, lost her job, became a nervous wreck and was often seen wandering the city
of Port of Spain, bedraggled and drunk. She died of a heart attack at 42 years old.

Partnering with Lordstreet Theatre for Miss Miles are producer Trevor Jadunath; Mauri
“KeKere” Hall, who has written the music featured in the show; and an award-winning
production crew, including producer Trevor Jadunath; Theresa Awai; Christopher Cozier;
Robin Foster; Sean Leonard; Wendell Manwarren; Leslynne Matthews; Desiree
Sampson; Ian Smith; Caroline Taylor; and Celia Wells. The show’s development was
funded in part by the Arts Support Alliance (TASA), and is being sponsored by the
Ministry of Arts & Multiculturalism; i95.5FM; First Citizens Bank; Carib; MEP (Media
& Editorial Projects); and Absolutions Design Studio.
Miss Miles – The Woman of the World runs one last time for 2011 in Port of Spain this
Friday 25th through Sunday 27th November. Showtimes are 7:30pm on Friday and
Saturday, and 6:30pm on Sunday. Tickets are $150, and available at the Little Carib Box
Office, 12pm–6pm daily, tel: (868) 622-4644 or 681-7475. Discounted $100 tickets are
available for university students with valid student ID.
For more information about the production, additional ticketing outlets, behind-thescenes
photos, and much more, visit Lordstreet Theatre’s Facebook page at
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Apart from building plays for street, stage as Lordstreet Theatre Company – LTC and
screen as Lordstreet Pictures and the digital arts recording studios of Vengeance Media,
Lordstreet also provides media and communications services to organizations on the
islands and location, casting and production services for film, video and audio projects in
the territories of the southern Caribbean. Vengeance Media, a digital recording arts
facility, was started by Mauri “KeKere” Hall as A Tobago Music Project in November
2006. In 2010 he opened a sister Vengeance Media studio in Toronto Ontario and
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Lordstreet also co-ordinates the activity of the Jouvay
Institute and a Playwrights Workshop.

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