Merlina RichBanana Boat Productions, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 by Merlina Rich, is dedicated to presenting quality Caribbean theater to the Caribbean and non-Caribbean community. Our premise is simply this: Caribbean culture is a rich and multicolored palette of expressions, experiences, and lifestyles that has been woefully underexposed in the realm of truly meaningful theater. It is our hope that through our readings, staged productions, and outreach programs, we can bring thoughtful Caribbean theatrical experiences to a larger audience– one that will become more able to recognize and appreciate the struggles and resolutions, the humor and sadness, and the indomitable spirit of Caribbean life.

In addition to our local projects, we are also proud to sponsor the Banana Boat School Brigade, a concerted effort to bring educational and self-expressive opportunities to Caribbean children in their own milieu. In co-operation with the teaching staff of a growing number of impoverished schools in Jamaica, the School Brigade collects donated school supplies, gently-used clothes and even some much needed classroom decorations and furnishings. They are then physically transported to the actual school settings. In this manner, all the items arrive safely to their destination where they can be put to good use. Our volunteers are typically theater professionals who collaborate with teachers and individual students to focus not only on specific educational goals but also on helping them fashion generic dramatic presentations aimed at developing personal and cultural pride.

Coming Soon


Banana Boat Productions in collaboration with New Perspectives Theatre Company presents the US premiere of


Every truth has a path, no matter how much it winds…

By Patricia Cumper
Directed by Merlina Rich

James Foster, Jr.* Leajato Amara Robinson* Jonathan Swain* Marc Webster*

Set Designer: Meganne George •, Lighting Designer: Joyce Liao
Fight Director: Ray Rodriguez • Costume Design: Merlina Rich
Assistant to Director: Jessica Prince • Stage Manager: Bayo* •
Produced by Merlina Rich

THE KEY GAME takes place in a crumbling Caribbean psychiatric facility where the few remaining patients and their dedicated nurse share a desperate wish for self acceptance and personal dignity. After many years together, and in the face of life-changing circumstances, they find that help can sometimes come from where you least expect it.

Performance dates:
October 17,18,19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, & 28
Wed-Sat. @ 7:30PM & Sun. @ 3PM

New Perspectives Studio
458 West 37th Street @ 10th Ave., NYC


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The Key Game, commissioned and produced by Talawa Theatre Company in 2004, won four star reviews and was a Time Out Critic’s Choice.

The Key Game is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association