By Julio Avila
If you are a student who enjoys cooking and food, likes plantain’s (or as it is said in Spanish “platanos”), collard greens, or food in general, then this event is not for you! Do not let the name fool you.
“Platanos y Collard Greens” is actually an off-Broadway play written by David Lamb, and produced by Jamillah Lamb. The play is based on David Lamb’s novel “Do Platanos Go With’ Collard Greens?” which was published in 1995, and later managed to turn this novel into a play, made its debut on June 27, 2003. Lamb’s play first debuted in a small theater on Manhattan’s West Side, and began its first tour a month later on October 8 traveling to theaters, performing arts centers, and colleges such as University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which was the first university the play traveled to. The group has even traveled abroad to perform such as St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands.
The play is a comedic love story about two college students who fall in love at first sight, but come from different backgrounds; Freeman who is of African descent and Angelita who is of Dominican descent. Both kids face a culturally mixed New York City that consists of Blacks and Hispanics in Washington Heights who have to overcome the prejudices, and the struggles of their parents’ un-acceptance of their love.
It is a play you will not want to miss if you enjoy a good comedy, story of romance or a story about young people doing what they thought was right, and to negate the negativity spawned by those who were against their decisions. This play has even received positive reviews from the New York Times, The Daily News, the New York Post, as well as other media outlets and universities.
Students will be able to attend this play in the city on Saturday, Oct 27 which is being offered through the Campus and Activities office at the Grant Campus. Students must purchase their tickets which are offered on a first come first served basis at a price of $30 by contacting the Grant Campus’ Office of Campus Activities at 851-6702 or Multicultural Affairs Office at 851-6341.