Caribbean entertainment and promotions gurus Irish and Chin have entered a landmark deal to bring the legendary, revered actor Oliver Samuels and the wildly popular Keith "Shebada" Ramsay together for the first time ever. A giant move for Jamaican theater, Oliver and Shebada will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for theater enthusiasts to experience double the entertainment in "2 for 1" stagings of the comedies "Who A Di Don" and "De Weddin Scamma." Set for a Thanksgiving theater takeover, the over-the-top and equally entertaining plays will take place on Friday, November 23 in East Orange, NJ (Campus High School), Saturday, November 24 in Hartford, Connecticut (Weaver High School) and Sunday, November 25 in Queens, New York (York College).
According to Garfield "Chin" Bourne, co-owner of Irish and Chin, Inc. "Our goal as a promotions company is to create an unprecedented impact on international stagings of Jamaican theater by implementing creative ideas that entertain while uniting theater lovers of all ages."
Irish and Chin, Inc.'s "2 for 1" offers theater patrons 2 great plays in 1 night for a discounted price. The combination of top flight actor Oliver and Roots theater favorite Shebada is a milestone in theater staging, as it offers the best of two extremely different sides of the theater spectrum and historically bridges a generation gap among theater fans. Such a billing will attract all ages of patrons, ensuring evenings robust with laughter and premiere entertainment for the entire family.
"Although both of these actors are masters of their craft, they attract completely different fans. This "2 for 1" staging will be the first time that their unique fanbases will come together to share the same experience," says Ronald Fraser, Events Coordinator of Irish and Chin, Inc.
Oliver has been hailed as the Jamaican "King of Comedy," thrilling audiences around the world, with respected stand up, comic theater, television and film performances. Active for nearly 40 years, Oliver rose to fame in the Jamaican Broadcast Corporation televisions series Oliver at Large and several "Oliver" theater spin-offs. Oliver Samuels, along with an immensely talented cast, shines in "Who a Di Don," which has been deemed a "rib tickling experience" by critics. The touted actor took the unprecedented step of writing, starring in and co-directing "Who a Di Don," which offers a powerful look at both the glorified lavish side of 'donmanism' and its ugly side.
Keith Ramsay is one of Jamaica's most popular character actors, winning over the hearts of fans as the boisterous and outspoken Shebada. Ramsay has wowed audiences through out Jamaica in several productions over the past few years. But it was his groundbreaking debut in "Bashment Granny" that thrust Shebada into cult like status. Known for bringing audiences to a roar with humorous, yet razor-sharp quips, Shebada is a force to be reckoned with in Roots theater. In "De Weddin Scamma," Shebada leads an all-star ensemble.