Jamaican born Playwright, Producer and Actor David Heron has been called one of the most successful Caribbean artists of the last decade.
He first came to the attention of Jamaican theatre audiences as a playwright, with the runaway success of his first play “Ecstasy”, which ran for two years and toured three continents, emerging as one of the most popular Jamaican plays ever.
Since then he has penned five more stage plays, all of which have earned him great commercial and critical acclaim in his homeland and internationally- “Intermission” , “Against His Will” , “Love and Marriage and New York City”, “Redemption” and “4PLAY” .
Heron is the recipient of five International Theatre Institute Awards including Best Producer and Best Script for “Intermission”, and Best Production, Best Drama and Best Script for “Against His Will”.
His biggest international success to date has been his romantic comedy, “Love and Marriage and New York City”, which has toured regionally in the USA as well as throughout Great Britain in both 2002 and 2003, playing to packed houses and excellent reviews, and prompting British critic Terry Grimley to christen Heron “Jamaica’s own Neil Simon.”
The 2006 revival of the show at The Billie Holiday Theatre in New York was nominated for the prestigious AUDELCO Award, New York’s highest accolade for Off Broadway Black Theater.
That production then triumphed as an Official Selection of the 2007 National Black Theatre Festival held in Winston Salem North Carolina in August, 2007.
Heron is only the second Jamaican playwright, after Trevor Rhone, to have his work showcased at the festival, one of the largest in the world.
“Love and Marriage and New York City” went on to enjoy a highly successful limited run in Toronto, Canada in May of 2008, where Heron made the cover of PRIDE Magazine, of the nation’s foremost Black publications.
As an actor, Heron’s credits include “Ecstasy”, “Intermission”, “Love and Marriage and New York City”, (in Jamaica, Britain and Off Broadway) the US regional production of the Broadway hit “Cheaters and Redemption” (Jamaica and US regional tour).
Migrating to the USA, he immediately received high praise for his role as Friday in the World Premiere production of “Robinson Crusoe” at the prestigious Orlando Shakespeare Festival in 2006, and played Hotspur in “H”, a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at the Bric Studios, New York.
In 2007, he made his Shakespearean debut as Laertes in Take Wing and Soar’s critically acclaimed production of “Hamlet” at The Workshop Theater Off Broadway, and received excellent notices for his role as Prince in The New Federal Theater’s revival of Errol John’s classic Caribbean drama, “Moon On A Rainbow Shawl”.
In 2008, he earned further critical acclaim for his performance as The Messenger in the Off Broadway revival of “Medea” at the National Black Theater in Harlem, as well as in Othello and “The Taming of The Shrew” at The Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
In 2009, he appeared in the Off Broadway premiere of John Patrick Shay’s acclaimed drama, “Trickster At The Gate”, as Harlem Jazz musician Roy “Lucky” Luckwood.
In August of 2006, Heron received one of the highest accolades of his career when the City Council of New York honored him with a Proclamation and Award at City Hall, in recognition of his “Outstanding theatrical career and his invaluable contribution to the betterment of society.”
He is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association and The Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists.
If you would like to see David performing live, he will be starring in the first play that he wrote, “Ecstasy” (directed by Douglas Prout and produced by Kingston 6 Entertainment), which is playing in a number of locations in the Greater Toronto area between October 15 – October 24 (see details below).
“Ecstasy” locations and showtimes:
October 15, 2010 (North York, Ontario):
Jamaican Canadian Association (995 Arrow Road) at 8:00 p.m.
October 16, 2010 (Barrie, Ontario)::
Georgian College Theatre (1 Georgian Drive) at 8:00 p.m.
October 17, 2010 (Mississauga, Ontario):
Glenforest Secondary School (3575 Fieldgate Drive) at 6:00 p.m.
October 23, 2010 (Ajax, Ontario):
J. Clarke Richardson College (1355 Harwood Avenue North) at 8:00 p.m.
October 24, 2010 (Brampton, Ontario):
Central Peel Secondary School (32 Kennedy Road North) at 6:00 p.m.
$30.00 (In Advance)
$40.00 (Day Of)
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Nicey’s Food Mart – 50 Morcambe Gate, Scarborough, Ontario – (416) 497-9717
Ticket Information Online: http://www.ticketweb.ca/snl/Search.action?query=david+heron+ecstasy (Ticket Web)
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