Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Of Shakespeare and Phantoms
"Wherefore art thou Romeo?" As Esti auditions for the part of Juliet in the historic theater at the Manchicay school, she hears a deep, soft voice answering the part of Romeo, but sees no one. She feels compelled to return to the theater to practice in the dark and speak to this mysterious voice who calls himself Alan. Is he a real person or is he a jumbee, a malevolent spirit of the dead? Cariba Island is far from Ashland, Oregon, where Esti has grown up, but she and her mother have relocated there following the death of her father, a famous Shakespearean actor. Will it be a place to heal from the loss of his powerful presence? Enter Rafe, a handsome islander who helps Esti feel alive and happy. Yet, the caressing voice of Alan brings her back to the theater at night.You'll smell the fragrance of frangipani flowers in the exotic Caribbean setting of The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes, as you are drawn into a drama of love, family and the supernatural.