Graphic by Byron McCray
BY: Nikkole Salter
THE STORY: It was 1995 in Brooklyn when two young men ex-
perienced the untimely loss of their best friend. In his honor
they decided then and there that, despite their differences, no
matter where life took them, they would take care of his younger
brother, and get together on the anniversary of his death to cele-
brate the life he should have had. So, on a cold day in the winter
of 1996, these three 20-somethings board a plane for Rio De Janeiro for a taste of the good life: sun, fun, and, of course, women - what better way to pay homage to a fallen friend? But what starts out as a joyride takes an unexpected turn and the three sex tourists find themselves in a situation that will change their friendships and their lives forever.
Full Length (Mature & Explicit Language & Content)
CARNAVAL received its world premiere production in an extended run at Luna Stage, Jan. 30 - Mar. 17, 2013, directed by Cheryl Katz. For information, photos, videos, audio and links to reviews and press from the Luna production click here.
CARNAVAL received its New York City premiere production at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre October 21 - November 16, 2014, directed by Awoye Timpo. This production received seven 2015 AUDELCO nominations for Best Dramatic Production, Best Playwright, Best Director, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Design and Best Sound Design -- and
WON for Best Ensemble Performance!
Lighting Design: Alan C. Edwards Scenic Design: Daniel Zimmerman
Costume Design: Latoya Murrary-Berry Sound Design: Eric Sluyter
Composer: Kris Bowers Projection Design: Emere Emrigil
Fight Director: UnkleDave's Fight-House Props: Belynda Hardin
Assistant Director: Regge Allan Bruce Production Manager: Belynda Hardin
Stage Manager: Laura Perez
LINKS TO PRESS & REVIEWS FROM THE NAT'L BLACK THEATRE PRODUCTION
By: Lynnette Nicholas 10/28/2014
"The playwright, Obie Award winner Nikkole Salter, takes us on a cutting-edge journey...This is definitely the type of play that you will want to see more than one time."
By: Aurin Squire 10/30/2014
"Playwright Nikkole Salter has written a masterful work that surpasses most of the 'serious' plays I have seen on Broadway and off-broadway this season... Throughout many of the scenes there’s this crackling tension in the silences, which is a rare feat because much of Carnaval is uproariously funny and bawdy...Carnaval is a bold and relevant drama that packs a powerful punch."
Review: Harlem News - National Black Theatre Opens with Carnaval
By: Theresa Racine 10/30 - 11/05/2014
"There are no women in the hard-hitting production, so it is extremely surprising that it was written by a female. Obie award-winner, Nikkole Salter, transformed herself into the body and mind of a man to create a powerful play."
By: Kimille Howard 10/31/2014
"These actors capture your attention from beginning to end as the tension of the play ebbs and flows until it ultimately culminates in an epic crescendo that leaves you quite flabbergasted."
By: Paulanne Simmons 11/03/2014
"When it comes to thought-provoking drama, National Black Theatre certainly has the recipe nailed. Get a hard-hitting story from an ace writer and give it to a talented group of theater professionals. The result is transformative."
By Alexis Soloski 11/09/2014
By: Glenn Quentin 10/17/2014
"I don't go to foreign countries seeking sex because it isn't my power point, but if I could pay for the thing that would make me powerful for a week would I do it even if it was at the expense of other people?"